Top 50 things to do in Brighton
1. Take a tour of the Royal Pavilion
The stunning seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), transformed by John Nash into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles, is a must see. Website
2. Go to the beach
Featured in Enjoy Englands Top 10 beach destinations, Brighton is officially one of the nation’s favourite seaside resorts. Fashionable, fun and funky, Brighton is loaded with style and offers everything you could want from a seaside holiday.
3. Sea Life Centre – Experience the ‘Octopus Garden’
The octopus has astonishing physical and mental skills, it’s an expert at hide and seek! In the bright, exciting and challenging Octopus Garden, nothing is necessarily what or where it seems to be. Can you find the Giant Pacific Octopus in its lair? Website
4. The Lanes
Brighton’s Lanes are the City’s prettiest and most historic quarter. Narrow streets of 18th Century Fisherman’s cottages contrast with the modern buzz of funky independent shops and cafes.
5. Experience British Airways i360
The Brighton i360 – Take a flight to the skies and see Sussex as you have never seen it before. Cruise up slowly to 450 feet high to enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 26 miles from the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye. Dine, celebrate, explore or play in British Airways i360’s beach building incorporating a brasserie; heritage tea rooms; hospitality rooms; an exhibition; shop; and kids play zone. Lift-off summer 2016! Website
6. Brighton Museum
Come along with your friends and lovers to discover the hidden love stories of objects in the museum. Through music, film, paintings, pottery and postcards, explore love, lust, adultery, intrigue and revenge across the ages. Website
7. Shop for vinyl!!
We have it on good authority that The North Laine has got to be the best place to buy your music, whether it’s CD or vinyl, check out all of the 2nd hand record shops in The North Laine!!
8. Take the train to Horror Hotel on Brighton Pier
Scared? You will be. The pier’s ghost train to Horror Hotel will have you shaking in your seat. Thrill seekers should also check out the Super Booster, which rockets from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds taking you 38 metres up, before hurtling you back down again! Go on, we dare you!
9. Chill out at a cricket match
Sit back, relax and join the men in white as leather hits willow in Hove actually. You might even see a googly! Howzat! Website
10. Go to the pub!!!
Turn left out of our door, go to the top of the street and turn right, in about 90 seconds you’ll find yourself at the ‘Hand in Hand’ – Brighton’s smallest pub which has its’ own micro brewery! Website
11. Be happy!
Need re-juvinating? Pack your bags and come to Brighton and we’ll soon sort you out. Dubbed the happiest place in the country according to a survey by O2, Brighton offers all the benefits of a city – such as the culture, shopping, restaurants and nightlife – with the added bonus of the sea, making it all a bit relaxing and calm. Zzzzz. (Oops, sorry, we got a bit too relaxed there…)
12. Shop for art at the seafront galleries
Nestling under small Victorian arches on Brighton’s beachfront lies the bohemian Artists’ Quarter, housing a collection of quaint and funky artists’ studio spaces. Grab a coffee, amble through the studios and sift through the eclectic artwork on display.
13. Party on at Pride
Join the international carnival from Madeira Drive to Preston Park for this year’s themed Pride Carnival Parade. The city will be buzzing as the largest gay and lesbian festival in Europe takes to the streets. Website
14. Take a Bus to Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon or Stanmer Park
A fabulous day out using the 77, 78 or 79 buses! Website
15. Take a stroll in Stanmer Park
Throw on your walking boots and set off for the Great Wood, roam across the downland or stumble into Pudding Bag Wood! Stanmer Park was named as one of Britain’s Top 10 walks by the Independent newspaper.
16. Take a trip on the world’s oldest operating electric railway
Not quite the first example of electric traction in the world, but nearly! Today it holds the deserved position of being the oldest remaining operating electric railway in the world. Jump aboard, sit back and pootle along the beachfront for superb views out to sea. Website
17. Relax in Kipling’s Gardens and visit Grange Museum in Rottingdean
Named after the village’s most famous resident, these delightful gardens are full of olde world charm. Check out the rose or herb garden or relax in the chalk garden. Beautifully laid out there are no jungles here! His home in Rottingdean, now Grange Museum, houses Kipling memorabilia, as well as exhibitions of work by Sussex artists.
18. Indulge in a day at the Races
Fancy a flutter? Check out John Smith’s Race Day, don your finest hats for Ladies Day or place a bet on your favourite gee gee at the seaside course where the turf meets the surf!
19. Take afternoon tea at the Grand
Savour your scones in sumptuous style at the lush De Vere Grand, with an afternoon tea to die for… Smoked salmon sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries and a naughty cream horne await all you sweet toothed lovelies! Truly scrumptious.
20. Have lunch at Bill’s Produce Store
…what a fab place to have lunch! – failing that just have a coffee (…and by the way – they’ve got cake to die for!!!)
21. Wander along the undercliff walk
Jump on the Volks Railway at Brighton Pier, jump off at Black Rock near the Marina, and rejuvenate with some sea air and a leisurely summer stroll along the impressive Undercliff Walk to Saltdean.
22. Check out the North Laine!
About a 15 minute walk from us will get you to Brighton’s unique and vibrant North Laine. Representing a colourful mixture of small and diverse shops and independent traders. Whether you’re looking for clothing, fashion, gifts, services, arts, crafts, entertainment, shops, pubs, bars and cafes you’ll find it all here in the North Laine area of Brighton. Come and see us soon! Website
23. Take a trip to Blatchington Mill
The restored mill at West Blatchington is a Grade II listed building and well worth a visit. Make a clean sweep and find out about the history of milling and check out scale models of Shipley smock mill and Nutley post mill. Open Sundays and Bank Holidays from May to September. Website
24. Visit Brighton Dome
Brighton Dome is situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Pavilion at the heart of Brighton’s Cultural Quarter, so why not check out what’s going on! Website
25. Swim in the sea
Long treasured by bathers and promenading tourists, visitors to Brighton beach can now take another comfort from the famous pebbly shores. Recently awarded Blue Flag status in recognition of its cleanliness and water quality, taking the plunge has never been cleaner!