Exploring England: Windsor & Brighton

Welcome back! I’m so excited to finally be getting this post up on the blog. It’s a photo journey through the first part of the trip I took to England last month, and I hope you enjoy it! (And grab yourself a tea or coffee and settle in because it’s a long one!)

After arriving at Heathrow, we (my mom, sister, and I) got in a car and drove to Windsor, where we stayed in a little hotel called the George Inn. This was my second time staying here and I love how perfectly situated it is, with a view of Windsor Castle and a Costa right across the street (the important things, right?).

While everyone was getting settled in, I took a walk around the city to take it in and get some photos. I walked past the castle, picked up a book to read (called The Vanishing Season – highly recommend), did a little shopping, and strolled along the water.

We stayed here for just about a day, but thankfully there was enough time to appreciate the beauty of this city, get a couple coffees at Costa, grab some tea, and take in the castle.


On day 2 we got in the car and drove to Brighton! I was a little bit familiar with Brighton from some vlogs I watchย but seeing it in person and actually spending time there was so lovely. Below is the view from our hotel, which was called The Queens. We could see the sea as well as the whole of Brighton Pier.

For Brighton I had a whole list of recommendations of things to do and places to eat. I knew we had to go shopping in the Lanes, and it was so cute with all of its little shops (let me know if you want a haul post of things I got in England)! Of course I became familiar with the locations of every Costa and Starbucks and when I needed some time to chill by myself or have some reading time, those were my go-to spots.

One of the places that was on my recommended list was The Flour Pot Bakery, and it was so cute! It had little wooden tables and a long bench on one side, and chairs on the other, with plenty of windows and natural light coming in to make it feel open and airy. I ventured out on my own to find it and sat down with a mocha and a tiny little chocolate tart. They were so good and so very rich.



Some other food highlights were: Dum Dum Donutterie, where I picked up the highly anticipated Zebra cronut. It. Was. Amazing. It was absolutely massive, but oh my goodness I could go for one of those right now. We also had a cheeky little Wagamama’s Chicken Katsu Curry and I cannot tell you how sad it makes me to not have them here in Oregon. Bexa of Hello Bexa told me that Cloud 9 was a must, so I popped in for their rainbow cake and the most delicious cupcakes! For breakfast we stumbled upon a place called Crepeaffaire and had the most excellent (and I’m sure nutritious) crepes and waffles. To finish off the food adventure we went to 42 Juice.

While you’re in Brighton, especially for the first time, it seems like a given to take a tour of the Royal Pavilion. I do love a good tour, and this is such an interesting building with a lot of phases of history that has made it what it is today.

Also, being by the sea, it is essential to take some walks along the water! We walked out to the end of the pier, and also went down on the stones by the water. It really is beautiful and a great place to spend time, people watch, think, and get some fresh air.

You can see our hotel on the very right-hand side.
Adorable beach huts by the water.

If you might not have noticed, I had a great time. I cannot wait to go back! So that’s all for now, and I’ll be posting the rest of my trip later, which will include all of our days in London. Thank you so much for reading (let me know if you made it to the end!) and I’ll see you back here soon. xx



20 thoughts on “Exploring England: Windsor & Brighton”

  1. I was in England in December and I really wanted to go to Brighton but there just wasn’t any time. Reading this post made me want to go there even more. your photos are gorgeous and it looks like you had a wonderful time!

    1. Thank you so much!! I had such a good time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely think you should go! Ah the last time I was in England it was in December and it was so awesome and decorated for Christmas!

  2. Iโ€™m ashamed to say that Iโ€™m British but have learnt a lot from this post! Lol. Iโ€™ve never been to Brighton but definitely know where to go now if I do. Looks like youโ€™ve had a lovely time, great post!

    Jemma x

  3. Brighton is absolutely a beautiful place! I donโ€™t live far from Windsor but have never been – glad you enjoyed your trip!

    1. So beautiful! Ah Windsor is lovely as well – the castle is so pretty and being next to the water is just so nice. Definitely recommend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your pictures are lovely! I’m glad you had a great time here in England I can’t wait to see the rest of your posts from your trip! I actually live in England but am still yet to visit Brighton even though I’ve wanted to go for so long! Hopefully I’ll get there soon and will be able to visit some of the amazing places you did!

    Jess //

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! Yes, I absolutely recommend Brighton! The sea is lovely and there’s obviously a lot to do. I hope you get to go soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. England has some amazing places. I think most people who don’t live there instantly think of visiting London and that’s that. But the whole country is so beautiful! I have Glastonbury on my list (nothing certain, but I feel it’s a must-see for some reason). I think I’m gonna add Windsor & Brighton to that list.

    1. Yes! I love visiting London but want to see as much of the rest of the country as possible because it’s just so beautiful! Ooh I’d love to go there as well. Thank you so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This was such a nice read. I live in England and I probably take it for granted that these places will always be there. I need to go to Brighton this summer because itโ€™s always a nice day out but ive never even thought of going to Windsor. Might do that now. Thanks for the inspiration xx

  7. I loveee all your photos Sarah! ๐Ÿ’– Brighton is definitely one of my favourite places. Thatโ€™s awesome you tried Cloud 9 and experienced their delicious cakes, yay! ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™ve also been to The Flour Pot, itโ€™s really nice in there, good choice! ๐Ÿ’• I really loved reading about your trip and so glad you had a fantastic time! xx

    Bexa |

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