The seaside city with a direct trainline from Cambridge

You can get a direct train from Cambridge to Brighton
-Credit: (Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)


Cambridgeshire is a landlocked county, and although we have plenty of stunning countryside, we have to travel slightly further if we want a day at the seaside. But thanks to Cambridge's good transport links, a direct train means that you could be sunning yourself in one of the UK's most popular seaside cities in just over two hours.

On Greater Anglia, a train from Cambridge Station directly to Brighton Railway Station takes roughly two hours and 28 minutes and costs £51.90. Some routes do require changes, depending on times, so will take longer.

According to Country Living, Brighton is one of the the UK's happiest places to live. It is well known for its clubs and bars as well as the high number of independent shops, which add to its character.

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Thousands of tourists visit the seaside city every year, especially during the summer months to enjoy the beach and Brighton Pride which takes place in August.

A birds eye view of the beautiful Brighton beach in East Sussex
A birds eye view of the beautiful Brighton beach in East Sussex -Credit:Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror

Some of its most popular attractions include The Lanes which are a labyrinth of narrow alleyways with plenty of shops including clothing stores, jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. Churchill Square shopping centre is also a great place to shop.

Other attractions include The Royal Pavilion. Described as a "fantasy palace" by Brighton Museums, it is an extraordinary Grade I listed former royal palace that takes the breath away of everyone who sees it. It was originally built as a home for the Prince Regent during the early 19th century and now houses a museum.

Brighton's beach is undoubtedly the main attraction, having ben a popular spot since the Victorian period. Although it's a shingle beach, it is still a great place for a seaside walk or to sit and watch the world go by. Many visitors also enjoy swimming in the sea and some even have a go at paddle boarding and wind surfing.

Like may seafronts, Brighton's is also filled with attractions. One of the most historic and unique attractions is the Volk’s Electric Railway which has existed on the seafront since 1883. According to Visit Brighton, it's "the oldest working electric railway in the world."

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A unique way to take in the coastline, you can board the train and travel the mile-long beachfront, taking in the sights and sounds of the scenic coastline.

Brighton Palace Pier is also a great place to soak up some of those stunning views over the beach and the city. As well as the views, you can enjoy the Pier's attractions like its fish and chip restaurant, fairground attractions, two arcades and the city's biggest indoor soft play area called ‘Palace Play’.

There's plenty to love about Brighton in East Sussex and with a direct train from Cambridge, there couldn't be an easier way to enjoy a day out there.

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