One of the best things about hosting a great big search marketing conference in Brighton is that it gives you the excuse to come to one of the UK’s best seaside resorts. With the training on the Thursday and conference on the Friday you’d be mad not to stay an extra night or two and explore.
So me and the rest of the brightonSEO team have got our heads together and compiled a list of the essentials on any Brighton to-do list.
Lots to see in the North Laine, it’s also only 2 minutes walk from the station.
South Lanes – not quite as varied and bohemian but full of jewellery shops and decent gift shops – and nearer the venue…
If the sun is shining enjoy the view from 138 metres high at the i360. They call it a vertical cable car, we like to think of it as glass elevator with a bar inside.
Go and visit the The Royal Pavillion, the true icon of Brighton.
Enjoy some decadent doughnuts at the Brighton Pier. And they have a pretty decent selection of arcade machines.
Food near the conference
If seafood is your thing … Riddle & Finns
If someone fancies seafood and you fancy steak … The Salt Room
Feel like a burger or ribs? Head to the Walkabout or Smokeys.
For vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free check out Food for Friends
Does a Thai curry sound good?
How about Italian?
Drinks near the conference
On the seafront, head to the Tempest Inn
or Fortune of War, just across the road from the Brighton Centre.
There’s an Irish pub not far from the venue.
Head here and enjoy a drink on their terrace.
Live music and dancing
The Green Door Store near the station
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Concorde2 on the seafront.
Alternative things to see and do …
The worlds oldest operating electric railway – The Volks
Intimate venue serving delicious cocktails – Black Dove
Need a laugh? Head to Komedia
Chocolate sculptures and treats at Choccywoccydoodah
A different kind of cinema
Grab some homely food and entertainment at Bom-Bane’s
Brighton Flea Market
Brighton Marina Sunday carboot
Sunday carboot at the race course
Upper Gardner Street
Off the beaten track
Take the 77 open-top bus from central Brighton.
From Brighton Marina you can walk along the undercliff walk, all the way to the village of Rottingdean which was a Saxon settlement, and has a number of lovely old pubs and stand-out fish and chips. There’s also a good café along the way at Ovingdean offering tea and cake with stunning sea views. Come up one of the stairs along the way to catch a bus back to Brighton.
Fishermans Walk / Juggs Road
Fancy a taster of the South Downs Way? This ancient path from Brighton to historic near-by Lewes has been used by traders and smugglers for hundreds of years and offers lovely views out to sea and inland. You can catch the train back from Lewes to Brighton. Sensible footwear and clothing recommended.