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Five Ideas… things to do in Brighton away from Conference Floor

Monday 18-04-2016 - 08:00

A whistle-stop tour of Brighton, the host city for National Conference 2016.

Student leaders from across the UK will congregate at The Brighton Centre this week for our annual National Conference, contributing £1.6m to the local economy in the process.

National Conference is the largest democratic gathering of students in the world, but if you’re a delegate it’s important to unwind after a long day debating motions, electing national reps, hearing keynotes and figuring out which fringes to attend.

Whether you’ve got some free time in the evenings or a couple of hours to kill before catching your return train on Thursday afternoon, we’ve done your homework for you and picked out a few sites to see and things to do in the city at your own leisure…


1. Brighton Pier

We care about work/life balance, so what better way is there to let off some steam after Conference Floor closes than to visit the iconic Brighton Pier? It would be cruel not to, seeing as it’s a only matter of yards from the Brighton Centre. Yards.


2. Fish and Chips

A seaside staple, it’s fair to say that anyone who leaves Conference without tucking into a portion of fish and chips* in yesterday’s news just hasn’t done it right.

Pro-tip: if you’re taking it away, watch out for the opportunistic seagulls!

*Vegetarian or vegan? We’ve heard that Terre a Terre serve up a fine alternative  


3. Brighton Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion – or ‘The Royal Pavilion’ if we’re being official - is a former residence for the royals which was built in three stages, beginning way back in 1787 as a seaside retreat for King George IV.

The Pavilion is Brighton’s answer to the Taj Mahal and is worth checking out for its architecture alone, but as it’s located in the centre of town it’s also great for your sense of bearings.


4. The Lanes

Looking for a souvenir from your trip? Look no further than The Lanes - a set of neat narrow streets and winding alleyways laden with bargains.

The Lanes are just a stone’s throw from North Street and were formally in the heart of the Old Fishing Town. You’ll still see 400 year-old fishermen's cottages, quaint pubs and cobbled pavements everywhere you look, but nowadays the place will smell a bit more like freshly ground coffee and café cooking than it does seafood.


5. Volks Electric Railway

The Volks Electric Railway is a heritage railway route which runs along a length of the seafront. It was built back in August 1883 by Magnus Volk, and is the oldest operating electric railway in the world.


Not in Brighton for National Conference? Watch our live stream on NUS Connect and follow the action on Twitter using the #NUSconference hashtag. 

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