Brighton & Hove is one of the most vibrant, colourful and creative cities in Europe. Cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it's a city like no other.
Nestling between the South Downs & the sea on the stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool. Just a 30 mins train ride from Portsmouth.
A fantastic mix of iconic attractions, famed nightlife, award winning restaurants, funky arts, culture & year round festivals & events Brighton really does have it all.Things to Do in Brighton
From iconic attractions to beachfront cool, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea. It really is unique.
Stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the traditional seaside fun of the famous Brighton Pier and pebble beach, Brighton offers something for everyone.
Bursting with beachfront sports and events (see a lot of skin in the British summer), tranquil green spaces within the city limits, plus activities for all the family, there's so much in store just waiting to be explored.
You'll also find a world of beautiful Sussex countryside, castles, country houses, parks, forts and gardens just moments from the city too!Brighton beachfront
A heady mixture of the famous pebble beach, the architectural beauty of Regency seafront squares and crescents , the traditional seaside fun of Brighton Pier and pure beachfront cool, Brighton and Hove seafront is a relaxed, friendly and diverse place...
Once the heart of the old fishing town of Brighthelmstone and now a unique shopping experience, Brighton's Lanes are an intricate maze of twisting alleyways with an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops, fashion boutiques, live jazz, restaurants and funky coffee bars...
North Laine and Cultural Quarter
Brighton's new Cultural Quarter offers a brand new city square and state-of-the-art library as its centrepiece. Surrounded by hundreds of colourful shops in Brighton's North Laine that mingle with cosy cafes, trendy restaurants and traditional pubs, it's easy to spend a morning or afternoon soaking up Brighton's vivacious vibe...
Kemp Town and Hanover
East of the city centre and stretching as far as Brighton Marina, Kemp Town is home to many of Brighton's smaller hotels and is a flamboyant mix of grand seafront crescents and elegant squares, with a bustling, lively village feel...
Perched on a hilltop, north-west of the city centre, Seven Dials is a vibrant mix of trendy bohemia and suburban elegance. With the opening of the railway in 1841, its villas and terraces, parks and grammar schools soon followed...
Brunswick & Hove
Just west of the city centre and resplendent with acres of Regency townhouses, terracotta mansions and elegant mews, Brunswick is one of the city's most colourful locations in Brighton. In 1825, it blossomed into a town in its own right...
Brighton Marina and Rottingdean
So much more than just somewhere to park your boat in one of Europe's largest marina's. Brighton Marina is home to a vast array of entertainment and the city's only outlet shopping centre...
Churchill Square and Western Road
A modern, innovative indoor shopping centre with over 85 high-street names under one roof, with lots more well-known stores and international style restaurants along Western Road.
[glow=red,2,300]50 Things to do in Brighton [/glow]
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. www.royalpavilion.org.uk
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. Experience Amazonia at the Sea Life Centre
With 150 species and 57 displays, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day out for the
whole family! From cute undulate rays and Submarine Adventures to giant turtles and Amazonia –
the new rainforest mirror maze. www.sealifeeurope.com
4. Download a Cool City Walk
Combine a compact, walkable city with rich heritage and stunning Regency architecture and you've
got the perfect place for a walking tour! Hear about Brighton’s fascinating history and discover lots of
interesting facts by downloading www.coolcitywalks.com/brighton/index.php
onto your MP3 player.
5. Go orbing or mountain boarding
Its quirky and its crazy! Jump into a 12ft PVC orb and hurtle down a hill on the beautiful South Downs
at speeds of up to 30mph. Or for sun, surf and dirt, check out some extreme mountain boarding.www.orb360.co.uk
6. Go ‘On the Pull’ at 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. www.brighton.virtualmuseum.info
7. Enjoy fresh air, stunning views, fine food, music and film
Spend a weekend on the South Downs taking in the fresh air and stunning views. Enjoy fine, organic
food whilst watching a film and listening to live music and watch the sunset in the driest underfoot site
in Brighton. www.beachdownfestival.com
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!www.brightonpier.co.uk
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! www.sussexcricket.co.uk
10. Tantalise your taste buds at the Food & Drink Festival
A mouth watering celebration of the best of food and drink available in Sussex, the Brighton Food &
Drink Festival explodes across the city every September. A must for food and drink lovers. Mmmm.www.brightonfoodfestival.co.uk
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. Take a seafront ‘healthwalk’
With regular information boards along the route, with advice on how to get the most from your
walk, as well as details of where to leave the seafront for major parts of town, a healthwalk from
Hove Lagoon to the Marina (4 miles) is a great way to see the city.
14. Take a Bus Walk to the Chattri, Hangleton or Mile Oak
Take one of the Bus Walks for a fun day out. Ride by bus to a point in Brighton, follow the route
instructions and after a brisk walk on the South Downs return to your bus stop for the journey
home. Nothing healthier on a fine day. www.visitsouthdowns.com
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. www.stanmerpark.co.uk
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. www.volkselectricrailway.co.uk
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. www.rottingdean.uk.com
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! www.brightonracecourse
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. www.grandbrighton.co.uk
20. Check out the camera obscura at Foredown Tower
Foredown Tower Countryside Centre is home to one of only two operational camera obscuras in
South East England. A great day out, the Edwardian Tower also offers breathtaking views across
Sussex and is the perfect starting point for a walk on the Downs. www.foredown.virtualmuseum.info
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. Play a round of golf indoors!
With Golf Addiction's virtual golf course, you can practice your handicap whatever the weather!
Whether you're a complete novice or an aspiring pro, with Golf Addiction's state of the art 'virtual'
golf, you simply tee up, select a club and get going. www.golfaddiction.co.uk
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.www.blatchington.virtualmuseum.info
24. Vroom by the sea!
Vroom - Brighton's first scooter, motorcycle and lifestyle hire company offers you the chance to ride
Piaggio's iconic Vespa around the UK's most fun and funky city, or get out and about amongst the
beautiful Sussex countryside. www.vroombythesea.com
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. www.watertours.co.uk
27. 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?
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! www.terreaterre.co.uk
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!) www.picturehouses.co.uk
31. Indulge in 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! www.riddleandfinns.co.uk
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? www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk
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.www.oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk
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.www.theambassadors.com/theatreroyal
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!www.komedia.co.uk
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! www.prestonmanor.virtualmuseum.info
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. www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk
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! www.yellowave.co.uk
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. Get messy with some Hands on Pottery
Tap into your creative side with some Hands on Pottery. Make a mobile, paint a pot but try not to
smash a plate? Within a lovely garden setting, you’ll get the opportunity to express yourself, safe in
the hands of professional pottery makers. A great way to unwind. www.hands-onpottery.com
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! www.black-history.org.uk/chattri.asp
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. www.booth.virtualmuseum.info
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. www.stbartholomewsbrighton.org.uk
45. Check out the Brighton Earthship
The first of its kind in England. Earthship Brighton is a solar powered, eco friendly building built from
used tyres. A great day out with a difference. Tours of the Earthship are educational and fun and
include an overview of the Stanmer Organic consortium. www.lowcarbon.co.uk
46. Soar over Brighton in an art deco bi-plane
Don your flight goggles and experience the golden age of flying with a breathtaking trip over Brighton
and the Sussex coast in a 1930’s vintage art deco bi-plane. Chocks away! www.deltaaviation.co.uk
47. Have a Roasted Plum Crumble ice cream
Check out Scoop & Crumb for scrummy ice creams and sorbets including Rhubard & Custard, Sherry
Trifle, Real Tiramisu, Roasted Plum Crumble & Mixed Berry Burst. Yum! 5 & 6 East St, Brighton
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? www.visitsouthdowns.com
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.