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50 Of The Best 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.
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?
4. Brighton Wheel
The iconic Brighton Wheel has arrived at Brighton’s seafront. The 'Wheel of Excellence' will provide breath-taking, panoramic views of the sea, surrounding architecture and landmarks as they have never seen before. Providing an optional commentary guided tour of the heritage of Brighton & Hove.
5. Eat a picnic at 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?
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.
7. It's got to be the best place to buy your records!!
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!
10. Go to the pub!!!
Turn right out of our door, walk down towards the seafront, but take the first turning on the right and in about 30 seconds you'll find yourself at the very, very red 'Lion and Lobster' - Brighton's most popular pub n grub!
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.
14. Take a Bus to Devil's Dyke, Ditchling Beacon or Stanmer Park
A fabulous day out using the 77, 78 or 79 buses!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!)
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 horseride your way there!
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. Visit the highest Parish church in Britain
St Bartholomew’s Church is one of the great churches of the 19th century. The highest in Britain, it’s a wonderful building. A masterpiece of brickwork and a credit to its architect, Edmund Scott, its definitely a hidden gem of the city and well worth a visit.
45. At The Moreland for a few days? - Fancy a drive out of Brighton? - 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.
46. Chill out with a DVD
...stay in, pop to Waitrose get a bottle of wine, and watch a DVD!! - please help yourself from our library of +250 films
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.
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.