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Things To Do In Brighton

5 Unmissable Things To Do In Brighton

Brighton is a popular coastal town throughout the year, and rightly so. There are so many wonderful attractions such as the Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and the amazing British Airways i360, meaning you can really go the distance and get a proper break from daily life. 

things to do in Brighton

Brighton is full of art galleries, independent shops and boutiques, so there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Top Things To Do In Brighton

In this little guide, we present some of the best things to do in Brighton. Whether it is your first time visiting this waterfront haven, or a returning visitor with family or friends, there really is a magnitude to things to see and do all year round. 

1. Brighton Pier

At Brighton Pier there are many attractions such as your favourite amusements, games, rides, food, and popular events that take place seasonally. This coastal hot spot is known for being vibrant and creative, offering a great day out or weekend away.
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The pier has a lot of history. It is widely known as one of the finest piers ever built in the UK. Brighton offers a traditional sea side, balanced with modern attractions for all of the family. If it’s a nice sunny day, it will be the perfect place to visit during the holidays or weekends. There are lots of attractions for children and adults alike, as well as quirky independent shops on the high street.
2. The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion is a beautiful palace in the centre of Brighton surrounded with the Royal Pavilion gardens. Offering over 200 years of history to its visitors, it is the prime place to immerse yourself in all things Brighton. 

things to do in Brighton

There is also a tea room on site, as well as a well-stocked gift shop to buy your friends and family. The location of the Royal Pavilion is very close to the beach, which makes it a perfect day out.

3. Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach and seafront was voted for one of the top 10 city beach break destinations in the world. The beach is well known for its famous pier, & stretches for miles along the south coast.  

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If you love outdoor activities, the beach is a great place to experience many water sports such as kayaking, volleyball, frisbee and even more beach sports! If you would rather sit down and relax or enjoy a picnic, you can grab a deckchair and watch the waves.

The Arches by the west pier is full of independent shops, bars and restaurants, which makes it the perfect place to go with friends in the evening.

4. The Lanes

If you love shopping, The Lanes in has many lovely shops to offer! From independent shops to art and camera shops, there are shops for everyone. It’s known as the historic part of Brighton with many alleyways and streets to walk down and discover.


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The Lanes in Brighton is right where the Choccywoccydoodah store and café is, so if you’re a chocoaholic then you may find it incredibly difficult to avoid.  

5. The Dome 

The Dome is the south coast’s premier arts venue with over 600 events a year, in live music, dance, art and much, much more.

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Make an evening of Brighton and bring your friends and family to The Dome for great entertainment and culture. It has a wonderful 200 years of history now bringing the arts alive. There are many fantastic events at The Dome including, classical music, comedy, dance, crafts, theatre and more.

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As with any special trip away, you want to remember it forever don't you? With our travel art, you can keep a piece of Brighton with you at home or wherever you go.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Brighton With The Kids

When visiting and exploring this dynamic and energetic seaside town, make sure to take the kids to these great activities and days out! Plus, with so much going on, the constant lively vibe means there is plenty for the adults to enjoy too.

1. The Brighton Treasure Trail

Revel in the outdoors of Brighton and explore the treasure trail! There is so much to discover along Brighton, you can hunt for clues and find out answers on buildings and monuments. The Treasure Trail is a great and fun family activity, which makes children work together in a team.

Treasure Trail Brighton

It is suitable for ages 6+ years, but fun for all the family to enjoy. As you will be busy clue spotting, you will be walking for a few miles and not even notice – exercise couldn’t be better! 

2. British Airways i360

As the most popular sea side destination in the South East outside London, husband and wife got together with architects to build a wonderful viewing place of the seaside town – The Beach Building. The couple were inspired by the London Eye, as it is a highly popular tourist attraction.

British Airways i360 Brighton

Just below the famous tower, is Brighton’s beach building where you can eat out, celebrate and explore. There is also an onsite gift shop, selling souvenirs of British Airways i360, as well as little mementos of your visit. Plus, check out the popular restaurant by the name of The Belle Vue, which is great for lunch by the beach or in the evening after a fun day at the beach with the children. 

3. Toy and Model Museum

There are so many toys and models to see, perfect for all ages in the family. The Toy and Model Museum is a great place to take the children, with over ten thousand toys and models to discover. Also, it a must see for the collectors and enthusiasts out there. Collections include model trains and antique toys from Great Britain and all over the world.

Toy and model museum Brighton

At the Toy and Model Museum, there are also soft toy displays including, Steiff, George the Bear, Schuco, Chad Valley and many more brands.

The museum is a great place to visit after a trip to the beach!

4. Brighton Sea Life Centre 

Sea Life is situated by the pier near the seafront, which makes it an ideal weekend trip for all the family. Why not visit the beach and then the Sea Life Centre? There are also plenty of restaurants to visit for lunch or dinner.

Sea Life Centre Brighton

Treat you and your family to a trip to the Sea Life Centre, where they can meet all of their favourite underwater animals. You can even go on a behind the scenes tour and visit the rock pool where you can hold a starfish or crab! There is so much to do at Brighton Sea Life Centre, including talks and feeds throughout the day. 

5. The Painting Pottery Cafe 

Whether it’s raining or sunshine, The Painting Pottery Café is a lovely place to visit. Spend an hour or two painting pottery and then take a stroll around the beach, lanes, or grab a bite to eat. There’s nothing better than painting, while enjoying a fresh cup of tea and cake!

The Painting Pottery Cafe Brighton

It’s great for group bookings, family visits and also parties. Here, you can choose from a range of pottery from £5 to £40. There are 200 different items to choose from, meaning there is something to suit everybody.

Top Restaurants In Brighton

Ensure you check out some of the finest eateries this holiday hot spot has to offer. Besides, after you have done all the things to do in Brighton you'll be feeling peckish. Whether you're after your classic pub lunch, all the way through to seaside fish & chips, there are umpteen options for your to gorge on. 

1. Issac in Gloucester Street



2. Gingerman



3. Very Italian Pizza


4. Befries


5. Burger Brothers

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