In “Britain’s coolest city”, there are more Brighton attractions than you can shake a stick at! Whether you are looking for things to do in Brighton with kids, as a couple, a solo traveller or a big group, you’ll find all the information you need here.
The Main Brighton Attractions
- Brighton Pier – The palace pier is literally the heart of Brighton, an iconic Victorian pier now filled with attractions of every kind: arcade machines, rides, games, ice cream, fast food, fish n’ chips, donuts, sweets and other food snacks and activities. It offers a fantastic day out for the family.
- Brighton Beach – Brighton has a pebble beach that runs the whole length of the city. In the summer hundreds come from all over Brighton and Hove, the surrounding cities and towns, and all over the world to enjoy the sun.
- Brighton Marina – Brighton Marina is the biggest marina in Europe, with over 1500 berths. It is served by dozens of restaurants, a cinema, casino and more! As well as offering boat trips and fishing trips, it has a weekly car boot sale, perfect for the bargain-hunter, and a wide selection of small festivals.
- Brighton Pavilion – Built for the Prince Regent in the mid 1700s the Royal Pavilion is world renowned for its oriental appearance. It was built with no maximum budget and would put the most extravagant footballers to shame (it almost bankrupted the country in her prime).
- Brighton Seafront – In addition to Brighton Beach, the city’s seafront is also characterised by its piers, promenade (perfect for strolling, cycling or rolling skating) and numerous shops, restaurants and seafront pubs.
- Brighton Wheel – Also on Brighton seafront is the latest addition to Brighton’s attractions, the Brighton Wheel. Modelled after the London Eye, this gigantic wheel has become a huge hit and gives views of the whole city. A whirl on this, particularly at sunset, is a must for all who visit Brighton.
- The West Pier – Once upon a time Brighton had two piers. The West Pier, now burnt down, remains an iconic relic, stood out at sea, still, lonesome and silhouetted against the sunset. It makes for a dramatic photo, perfect for your holiday snaps. What’s even better, it sits right opposite the West Beach Hotel and can be seen clearly from all of our seafront rooms.
- Brighton Sea Life Centre – The Brighton Sea Life Centre is the oldest aquarium in the UK! The building is a fantastic piece of Victorian architecture with a deep history and mind-blowing selection of fish and sea creatures. This ranks first among all the things to do in Brighton with kids.
- The Lanes, Brighton – The Lanes are a collection of winding roads, alleys and passageways that make up the old historic port town of Brighton. Many a ghost story is set in these lanes and you can even take a ghost walk. The Lanes of Brighton are also one of the best places to go for shopping and dining out.
- North Laine – North Laine is the Camden Town of Brighton. If there is a centre to Brighton’s alternative activity, it would have to be the North Laine, which isn’t a lane as such but a loosely connected line of streets and their surrounding areas. It stretches from where the Lanes end all the way to Trafalgar Street and beyond and contains: alternative clothing, musical instruments, second hand goods, antiques, oddities, records, CDs, rare books, new books, pubs, coffee shops and cafes, restaurants, bars an more…
Art & Museums in Brighton
Brighton boasts one of the best arts scenes in the country, with dozens of locally run art galleries. There’s a huge variety of art in Brighton, from the most exotic pre-Raphaelite to the bizarre and post-modern.
Once a year, in May, Brighton and Hove hoat an Artists’ Open Houses Festival, where guests are invited into thousands of artists’ studios and houses. This is the perfect time to pick up the next Salvador Dali.
Here are some local Art Galleries and Museums:
- Brighton Museum & Art Gallery – Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
- Fabrica – Holy Trinity Church, Ship Street, Brighton
- Phoenix Brighton – 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB
- University of Brighton Gallery – Grand Parade, Brighton
- Hove Museum & Art Gallery – 19 New Church Road, Hove
- Booth Museum - 194 Dyke Road
- Brighton Body Casting – 7 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1AJ
Other Brighton Attractions
Brighton boasts about 100 gardens and green areas, including many parks, children’s playgrounds and fun-fairs, offering a safe environment for all the family. There are also numerous rides and attractions located on Brighton Pier.
Attractions near Brighton
For those wishing to explore some of the local castles, there are frequent rail and bus links to:
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