Introducing Greentraveller's Guide to Brighton
Following the continuing success of our Greentraveller Guides to the UK's protected areas, we've just published our first Greentraveller City Guide... to Brighton!
Our Greentraveller Guide to Brighton features green and gorgeous places to stay in and around Brighton and Hove, as well as the best places to pick up something local to eat - from seafront restaurants serving up fish caught off the Sussex coast, to farmers' markets selling fresh produce plucked straight from the fields of the surrounding South Downs. We've also cherry-picked an exciting range of activities and attractions, so whether you're after a quiet afternoon at a museum or gallery, want to explore the city on two wheels, or if you've got little ones to keep entertained, we've chosen plenty things to see and do which will keep you happy for weeks. We've also provided lots of info on how to travel to and around Brighton and Hove by public transport, including how to get to the surrounding South Downs countryside.
Here's a taste of what you'll find in our latest destination guide:
Where to stay
Paskins Town House - Brighton is crammed with lovely, eco-friendly places to stay, and one of the greenest addresses has to be Paskins. Rooms mix traditional touches with modern flourishes; their organic breakfasts are not to be missed - they'll certainly set you up for a day's sightseeing in the city. You're a ten-minute walk to the the centre and just a short stroll from the seafront so you can't beat the location. >> B&Bs in Brighton
Five Hotel - Located in one of Brighton's glorious Georgian terraces, this place is commited to reducing their impact on the environment and are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Locally-sourced organic brekkies, comfortable rooms, sea views, and friendly staff. A great choice slap bang in the city centre.
>> Hotels in Brighton
Where to eat
Terre à Terre - Sandwiched between coast and countryside, it's little surprise that food is big business in the city. Winner of the Brighton Foodie awards several years in a row, this restaurant has become something of a institution in Brighton. Serving up creative, imaginative vegetarian fare, you'll find things like truffle pea rosti, or twice-baked Sussex sheep’s cheese and rocket oil soufflé with steamed asparagus on the menu - all local and organic. Defintely not just for veggies...
>> Restaurants in Brighton
FARM Café - The food served at this little place comes from their own farm on the outskirts of the city and they have a strong food philosophy focussing on locality, husbandry, sustainability and freshness. Inside, it's rustic and relaxed, with tables outside for fine weather. Located in the bustling North Laine area of the city, this place makes a great place to stop off for soups, pies and paninis.
>> Cafés in Brighton
Nymans (above) - Swap urban with rural life for an afternoon at this beautiful Gothic home just outside the city centre. Wander the romantic ruins, stunning gardens and ancient woodlands, then stop off at the Pavilion Restaurant which serves up local, seasonal goodies all year round. There's also a plant centre and second-hand bookshop located in the heart of the garden. Access from Brighton is easy with direct buses from the city dropping visitors right outside.
>> Historic homes and gardens in and around Brighton
Jag Gallery - Get involved in Brighton's creative scene and head down to one of the dozens of art galleries in the city. Anne Gilburt breathed new life into this building some years ago; it is now an exhibition space and workshop for the local community of artists, as well as playing host to local charity events. Pop down to browse the collections on display or watch the artists at work.
>> Art galleries in Brighton
Brighton Cycle Hire - Brighton is easy to explore on foot, but to get a real feel for the city, the surrounding villages and the local area, hop on a bike and soak it all up from the saddle. Brighton Cycle Hire has plenty of different types of bikes, from tandems to traditional Dutch bikes, so you can cycle around the city in true style. >> Outdoor fun in Brighton
LoveThatStuff - Shopping is bound to feature pretty highly on your 'to do' list whilst in the city. If you're looking for fair trade goodies, head down to Brighton Marina to support Barb, a local promotor and campaginer, who started LoveThatStuff over ten years ago to help producers in developing countries. You'll find all sorts of lovely things under this roof - from jewellery to clothing, accessories and household goods - from over 30 producers from across the globe. >> Shopping in Brighton
Greentraveller's Guide to Brighton was written and researched by Greentraveller's Florence Fortnam in collaboration with Visit Brighton.
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