Saturday, 27 June 2015

Brighton Architecture and The Lanes

Following on from our trip to Brighton last weekend, posts here and here, I thought you might like to see a few more photos.

You can spend hours wandering round Brighton just looking at the different architecture and marvel at how the town used to be in the past.

The Royal Pavilion started out as a modest building by Henry Holland for the Prince of Wales as a pleasure palace by the sea in fashionable Brighton in the 1780s. The Prince was an extravagant man keen on drinking, gambling and womanising. By 1811 he was made Prince Regent as his father King George III was considered unfit to reign. John Nash was engaged to enlarge the building in 1815 and turned it into the magnificent oriental palace we can see today. Inside, it's like a film set but we didn't go in this time.

Following on the Regency theme, there are many grand houses situated around grassy areas and hotels built in the early 1800s.

Along the seafront there are lots of small shops tucked into the arches below the road. Near the Pavilion The Lanes are narrow streets crammed with cafes, jewellers, antique shops and interesting places to investigate.

North Laine is another district of Brighton with yet more shops, considered to be a more bohemian and cultural area. It was so busy, but here is a colourful back street which was not so crowded.

We also found an Art Deco building near St Ann's Well park which looks like something straight from Agatha Christie's Poirot.

There we are - a quick whisk round the various quarters but there is plenty left for you to explore!

See you soon!


  1. We love the Lanes and can spend hours exploring there as there are some lovely shops and cafes. The Pavillion looks beautiful in your photos. We'll have to pop down there this summer, I think :)
    Cathy x

  2. There was a wedding party in the Pavilion grounds on the day. Their photos must have been good. :-)

  3. Oh wow! What lovely photographs. How fantastic to have a look around Brighton. It ties in with my post as I got my wedding dress and now S intends to buy his wedding suit from Brighton so we shall be visiting there soon. Have a wonderful weekend. X

  4. So many wonderful places! I must go to Brighton someday and especially the Pavilion, it looks amazing!! Thank you for taking us along! xx