25 Things to do in Brighton
And carrying on from our top 50 things to do in Brighton list here are another 25 great things to do and see.
26. Enjoy a pleasure cruise
Nothing quite like a life on the ocean waves. Enjoy a 45 minute pleasure cruise along the coast and past the 2 piers or join a 90 minute mackerel fishing trip.Website
27. Take a drive out to Charleston
Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Situated in East Sussex.Website
28. Go veggietastic at Terre à Terre
With veggie delights to turn the most avid carnivore, Terre à Terre being a whole new meaning to the term vegetarian with a mouth-watering menu of sublime veggie dishes. Drop in and go veggietastic. Bring the kids, bring Gran, bring Aunt Flo – bring everyone! Website
29. Get fishy at Brighton Fishing Museum
Think you know your cod from your crayfish? Check out Brighton Fishing Museum, where you can sample some shellfish, take in an olde traditional smoker and find out all there is to know about fishing in Brighton. You might even get the fishy low-down from a working fisherman! Website
30. Drop in at the Duke of Yorks
A must for art house lovelies, the Duke of York’s Picture House was one of the first cinemas in the world. They’ve got cracking art house films, comfy seats, a huge pair of legs on the roof and they sell cake! (And wine too apparently, but we wouldn’t know about that!) Website
31. Champagne and oysters at Riddle and Finns
Relax in style at Riddle and Finns’, delicious champagne and oyster bar. Indulge in sumptuous seafood, sip chilled champagne and sit at marble topped tables, safe in the hands of the friendly, knowledgeable staff. The perfect post shopping or pre-theatre treat! Website
32. Buy vegetarian shoes in the North Laine area
Well known for its eco friendly and environmental approach to life, Brighton has its very own vegetarian shoe shop. You’ll be surprised at the wide range of shoes, boots, sandals and belts on offer. Who says feet can’t go veggie? Website
33. Take a tour of the old police cells
Ello, Ello, Ello. Learn about life on the beat in Brighton and visit the old police cells with this unique tour. See the fascinating collection of local Police memorabilia and find out all about the grisly goings on of 1844, when Constable Solomon was murdered by a prisoner. Website
34. Go luvvy with a tour of the Theatre Royal
From Marlene Dietrich to Laurence Olivier, a host of thespian lovelies have trodden the boards at the Theatre Royal. See the infamous ‘gulp bar’ – you might even catch a glimpse of the resident theatre ghost. You can also join a ‘behind the scenes’ tour on Saturday mornings. Website
35. Get down and dirty with a sewer tour
Brighton’s Victorian sewerage system is one of the most magnificent examples of civil engineering of its kind and the sewer tours have become a popular attraction for tourists. Don’t worry though; drainage and water disposal has come a long way in Brighton since Victorian times! 0845 278 0845.
36. Laugh your socks off at Brighton Komedia
One of Brighton’s premier live entertainment venues, Komedia presents one of the largest, most diverse arts and entertainment programmes in the UK. With around 700 performances of music, comedy, cabaret and theatre to choose from in 2008 you won’t be spoilt for choice! Website
37. Get spooky with a Preston Manor ghost tour
Join Daisy the Housemaid for eerie tales of Victorian séances and the chilling White Lady at Brighton’s favourite haunted house. Watch out for slamming doors and mysterious wafts of lavender in the Morning Room. Take the Twilight Tour – if you dare! BOO!
38. Visit Brighton Toy and Model Museum
A treat for the kids big and small! Brighton Toy and Model Museum is an Aladdin’s cave of the finest toys and models, situated beneath Brighton Station, including mechanical toys and models, dolls house furniture and puppets dating back to the 1790s.
39. Go bouldering at Yellowave Beach Sports
Anyone for beachminton or bouldering? Check out Brighton’s award winning beach sports venue where sand based sports from volleyball to Ultimate Frisbee have taken the city by storm. You can also have a go at bouldering – low-level climbing with a soft sand landing! Website
40. Breeze up to the Downs
Jump aboard one of the bus services linking the city with some of the area’s finest countryside. With the Downs literally on the Doorstep, you’re just minutes away from Devil’s Dyke, Stanmer Park and Ditchling Beacon. Ooo, it just makes you want to getaway! 01273 292480
41. The Brighton Racecourse market
The Market at Brighton Racecourse – Every Bank Holiday Monday
42. Check out the Chattri
A unique monument on the beautiful South Downs dedicated to Indian Soldiers who died in WW1, the Chattri was unveiled in 1921 by the then Prince of Wales. Accessible by bridleway, you can walk, cycle or even horse ride your way there! Website
43. Visit the Booth Museum of Natural History
Check out whale and dinosaur bones and over half a million other specimens, including natural history literature extending back over three centuries.
44. Take a picnic to Devil’s Dyke
Pack the sarnies and ginger beer, pull out your best blanket and roll up to Devil’s Dyke for a chilled out day on the Downs. Sit back, relax and take in the views north towards the Weald and south over the sea. Did you know it’s also the largest chalkland dry combe in Britain?
45. At The Twenty One for a few days? – Fancy a drive? – Visit Hever Castle
There have been three main periods in the construction of this historic castle. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500s the Bullen family bought the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls and so it became the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humfreys and the Meade Waldos. Finally, in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. Website
46. Chill out and watch a film!
…stay in, get a bottle of wine, and watch a DVD! – please help yourself from our library – unless you have one of our king rooms, then you can watch movies on-demand!
47. Run the Race For Life
Pop on your running shoes and do your bit for charity as Brighton takes part in the Race for Life. Get fit, feel good and raise some cash. Website
48. Hire a bike and cycle across the Downs
What better way to experience the sensation of fresh air and open spaces, whilst getting some exercise and enjoying stunning views across Sussex and the sea? Tel: 07852 986 165 or 07852 986 163
49. Get jazzy at the Brunswick Festival
Set up to celebrate the diverse nature of the Brunswick area in Hove, why not drop by the Festival for some foodie treats, street theatre and jaunty jazz, as Brunswick takes Hove by storm in August.
50. Feed the ducks at Queen’s Park
Get quacking with the ducks in Queen’s Park. Easy to get to, with something for everyone, Queen’s Park was formerly a Victorian pleasure garden. The lake is a favourite attraction and feeding the ducks a tranquil way to spend a lazy afternoon before wandering around the wildlife or scented garden.