Checking out some English seaside towns are a good addition to a trip to London.
Brighton is the most popular seaside town among tourists. Even though the town is located one hour away from London, that doesn’t mean it is constantly noisy and crowded. There are many attractions worth visiting, such as the Royal Pavilion, Preston Manor, and Hove Museum. The Royal Pavilion, for example, has recently included new multimedia guides to make the visit more visually appealing. Hove Museum has free admission to their exhibits, and also offers information regarding exclusive museum events worth checking out. If you are travelling with a large number of people, it is definitely worth booking a group tour at Preston Manor, especially since there are many rumours that the house is haunted.
Tourists can also head off to the Brighton Pier and the Sea Life Centre, especially if they are travelling with children. Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, which houses many endangered species and conservation projects. The Interactive Rockpool, for instance, is one of the most popular exhibits in the aquarium and offers visitors the opportunity to safely interact with crabs and even touch a starfish.
If you’d prefer you can skip the attractions and just eat your way around Brighton! There are numerous vegan cafes and restaurants open, such as Gourmet Girls Pop Up Restaurant, Infinity Foods Café, Pizza Face, and Boho Gelato. Pizza Face, for instance, is known as the first company in Brighton which serves and delivers vegan pizza. Infinity Foods Café is also the perfect place to have a hearty breakfast, whether you want to go with a vegan option or you have particular food restrictions.
Located in Cornwall, St Ives is the ideal retreat for both couples and families. Visitors can enjoy open-air theatre performances at Porthcurno, or learn about the local history by checking out the St Ives Museum. There are also numerous festivals throughout the year, such as the St Ives May Day and the St Ives September Festival, so you can easily plan your trip if you want to take part in the celebrations. The St Ives September Festival has numerous performances scheduled in larger venues such as the St Ives Theatre, but also smaller ones scattered across various local pubs. There are also many workshops, exhibits, book launches, and films scheduled during the festival, some which even follow a specific theme. The St Ives Arts Club is a good place where you can get more information about the festival. In addition to this, the club also serves as the location in which the scheduled films are shown.
Mevagissey is another Cornish seaside town worth visiting. The town and its surroundings are known for the breathtaking Lost Gardens of Heligan, a restored Victorian garden, and one of the most known botanical gardens in the country. The garden was famously restored in the 1990s, and has been opened to the public ever since. The nearby Eden Project is another attraction which shouldn’t be missed. Known as the world’s largest greenhouse, Eden Project consists of two enormous conservatories: the first is a faithful recreation of a rainforest, and the second one contains flora from the Mediterranean, California, and South Africa. The area is currently in expansion, with plans to create a desert conservatory in the near future. Tourists can spend an entire day in the area, as there are numerous facilities available.
Located in the south of Dorset, Bournemouth is a large town with many sightseeing possibilities. Book hotel accommodation if you’re planning on visiting for Gay Pride in July or anytime during the summer months. Visitors can attend concerts and yearly festivals, such as Arts by the Sea, a one-month festival which starts in mid-September. Additionally, they can visit art galleries and museums, such as the eclectic Russell-Cotes. The town is also family-friendly, which is why many people bring their children to the Paultons Family Theme Park, which offers around 60 different and exciting attractions.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a trip with your loved ones, each town has something unique to offer. From Victorian gardens to Royal Palaces and world class nature attractions, a trip to one or several seaside towns is well worth it. For our London picks, see our post about things to do on a weekend London, or summer in London.