Things to do
Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW
Brighton Palace Pier
One of the UK’s Top 10 leisure and entertainment destinations, the iconic Grade II listed pleasure pier is brim-full of activities, rides and drinking & dining opportunities, sure to make your trip to this buzzing seaside resort a memorable one.
Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FL
The West Pier
For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Even today with its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront, the West Pier is still the most photographed building in Brighton.
Lower Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2LN
Glide up gently to 450ft high in the spacious glass viewing pod to enjoy 360* views of Brighton, the South Downs and the stunning coastline.
Take in the breath taking views whilst enjoying a drink from the South Coasts highest bar, a wide selection of drinks are available included local beers from Harvey Brewery, wines from Nyetimber, and Folkington’s juices from nearby orchards.
Kingsway, Hove, UK
Brighton Beach & Seafront
Voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton & its beachfront cool are legendary.
With the famous Brighton Palace Pier as a backdrop, daytime traditional seaside fun mixes seamlessly with night time funky beachside club culture.
Things to Do on Brighton Beach
If you’re feeling active then there are lots of sports to try on Brighton beach from watersports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding to classic beach sports such as volleyball and Frisbee.
Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe
It’s not just about the water as the beachfront promenade is a destination in its own right! The arches along the beachfront are home to a variety of businesses. By Brighton Palace Pier you’ll find great galleries in the Artists’ Quarter. As you stroll along you see more bars and restaurants serving everything from ice-cream to high end seafood. The arches by the West Pier and i360 are home to independent traders selling fashion, furniture and photography.
Of course a day at the beach has to include a trip to the iconic Brighton Palace Pier with its helter skelter and arcade games. Just next door you’ll find Sealife Centre home to giant turtles, sharks and seahorses. To the east of the Pier you'll find the historic Volks Railway - Britain's oldest electric railway built in 1883.
Head west and you’ll find the free fishing museum , tracing the city’s origins as a sleepy fishing village and a bit further along you’ll find British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Glide 450 feet into the air to see Brighton & Hove including the vibrant Brighton Beach, in all its glory!
Heading west from the i360 takes you past the Peace Statue and across the boundary in to Hove. There's the stunning architecture of the modernist Embassy Court and the Regency Brunswick Square. Further along the seafront there's the iconic colourful beach huts and the new Hove Plinth. Major works will be showcased on the plinth for up to 18 months - the current one is Constellation by Jonathan Wright.
After dark, Brighton Beach really comes alive with Brighton’s seafront clubs and bars nestling underneath the Victorian beachfront arches opening their doors for some of the best club nights in the country.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK
The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.
The Royal Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, with its fabulous balcony, overlooks the Pavilion gardens, which have also been returned to their original Regency splendour.
Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1, UK
The Lanes, once the hub of the old fishing town Brighthelmstone, is a lively neighborhood packed with upmarket restaurants, quaint tea rooms, and traditional pubs serving real ale. At its heart lies a warren of narrow, twisting alleyways filled with independent jewellers and tiny, high-end antiques shops. The Old Police Cells Museum, in the Town Hall’s basement, offers free tours of a 200-year-old underground jail.
North Laine, Brighton, UK
Oozing retro chic, the Brighton North Laine shopping area is a bohemian bustle of criss-cross streets in the heart of the cultural quarter of the city. Home to over 300 unique shops in less than half a square mile the Brighton North Laine area boasts the largest selection of independent retailers on the South Coast.
Brighton North Laine shopping area - a mix of kitsch and funky
Shopping in North Laine Brighton is a real mix of the ethical, exotic and funky. You'll find anything from 50's kitsch and muslin from Mesopotamia to furniture from Mexico and chic vintage fashion.
Brighton North Laine is also home to stylish studios selling locally made jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metalwork and paintings, as well as a cutting edge photography studio at the North Laine Gallery.
Or if it's fashion you're after, the North Laine in Brighton offers the serious style hound an impressive array of up and coming designers, vintage chic and vegetarian friendly shoes.
Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Russell Place, Brighton, UK
Located in the heart of Brighton only a 10 minute walk from the station and a 5 minute walk from the beach. Churchill Square Shopping Centre has over 80 shops, restaurants and cafes all under one roof. It's open 7 days a week and has two car parks. So whether you come to shop, eat, relax or simply look around....there's something for everyone at Churchill Square.
An innovative and modern shopping centre; Churchill Square offers the very best in high street shopping.from Topshop and Urban Outfitters to Apple and Zara Home; not forgetting Debenhams, Bershka and Lakeland, Churchill Square has everything you need for a successful shopping trip!
Facilities include: toilets, nappy changing, bank, cash-point and free WiFi.
Brighton Marina, Brighton, UK
Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK and has plenty to do for all ages, within its picturesque waterfront surroundings. With an 8 screen cinema, 26- lane recently refurbished bowling alley, glow in the dark golf and casino, there’s never a dull moment. If you love to shop, you’ll enjoy exploring a variety of shops or outdoor enthusiasts, go on a boat trip, learn how to sail or jet ski. For those who prefer dry land why not hire an electric bike or enjoy a walk along the east break water to watch the fishermen? When it is time to relax, there’s nothing better than sitting in one of the many cafés or restaurants and watching the yachts sail by. With free outdoor ping pong and New York style chess tables, you’ll struggle to run out of things to do.
With a 24-hour bus service (number 7) and free parking available for 1,500 vehicles for marina visitors (time limits apply), full disabled access including parking and toilets, it could not be easier to come along and enjoy Brighton’s exciting waterfront destination, where you can shop, eat, drink, play and stay all in one unique location.
Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Brighton, UK
Theatre Royal Brighton
Theatre Royal Brighton is one of the oldest and most distinguished theatres in the country.
The auditorium of the grade II listed building, which is located at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, represents an example of the finest regency architecture.
The theatre has presented professional productions continuously since 1807 and most of our leading actors and actresses have performed here. Rowan Atkinson, Rupert Everett, Dawn French, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Zoë Wanamaker and Dominic West and are among those who have appeared on Theatre Royal Brighton’s stage in recent years.
In addition to presenting a programme of quality drama, much of which comes direct from the West End or is previewing before a London run, the theatre’s programme includes ballet, music, comedy, opera and children’s shows.
Alongside productions on the main stage, the theatre regularly stages productions in various locations throughout the building: in the cavernous under stage area, the Gallery Bar, the dressing rooms and in the wings of the stage.
Each Saturday morning throughout summer, the theatre holds backstage tours, allowing visitors the chance to peek behind the scenes of this fascinating and much loved historic building.
Winner of Best Theatre award - The Muddy Stilettos Award 2016
Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE, UK
The Brighton Dome is an arts venue in Brighton, England, that contains the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre. All three venues are linked to the rest of the Royal Pavilion Estate by a tunnel to the Royal Pavilion in Pavilion Gardens and through shared corridors to Brighton Museum.
As the south coast's premier multi-arts venue, each year they present over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital, community and participatory events.
The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2GR, UK
Brighton Centre is a conference and exhibition centre located in Brighton, England. It is the largest of its kind in southern England, and is regularly used for conferences of the British political parties, live music, gigs, comedy, concerts, sports, exhibitions, dance and shows. https://brightoncentre.co.uk/
Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB, UK
Dive into an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world, built in 1872. Look out for the dazzling scales, gigantic teeth and fantastic fins of over 5,500 mesmerising creatures and get closer to them than ever before. Open daily from 10am, with last admission depending on time of year. New in 2019, Day and Night ocean experience!
Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove BN3 4LX, UK
Hove Lagoon is home to one of the countries leading watersports centres offering wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, Kayaking and Standup Paddleboarding on the Lagoon and the sea and well as the Big beach Cafe (Owned by Brighton's own Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim). Hove Lagoon is also home to a skateboard park, a playground, a kids paddle pool, kids play area, kids boating pool and a model boat club. Hove Lagoon is a public park that features a boating lake about 200m long and 100m wide set in grassland right next to the Brighton and Hove seafront with direct access to the beach. The park is open all the time but the individual business with it have varying hours. Big Beach Cafe Lagoon Watersports - To avoid disappointment please book activities in advance Hove lagoon is popular with families, dog walkers , local residents and watersports enthusiasts.
28 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2LN, UK
King’s Road Playground is located on the seafront and offers children plenty of natural sand and a wide selection of climbing frames, slides and other classic playground equipment. There is a huge wading pool open every year from mid-May to mid-September. Parents can rent beach chairs and get drinks from the Café!
The playground is fenced and the children can therefore move freely and run around. If there are no beach chairs available, parents can use the benches and tables to rest.
Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Hove, UK
Hove seafront begins at Hove Lawns and stretches right along to Hove Lagoon, near Portslade. There is a stunning walk along the seafront, especially just as the sun rises or sets, from the West Pier onwards.
Hove Lawns provides a green space right next to the sea for families, friends and all to enjoy.
For those looking for a sporty option, there are several tennis courts and bowling greens available to the public on a pay and play basis.
Dyke Rd, Hove BN3 6EH
Brighton Open Air Theatre
Brighton Open Air Theatre, also known as B•O•A•T, is a British theatre built in Dyke Road Park, Brighton, which opened in May 2015. It has been paid for not by corporate funding or public grants, but by private donations.
Volk's Electric Railway, Madeira Drive, Brighton, UK
Britain's oldest electric railway built in 1883, running for one and a quarter miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina. Trains every 15 mins. Cafe and toilets opposite.
Booth Museum of Natural History, Dyke Road, Brighton, UK
Booth Museum of Natural History
Over half a million specimens and natural history literature and data extending back over three centuries are housed in this fascinating museum. The star attraction is the Victorian taxidermy collection of Edward Booth with hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, The museum is also full of insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bone and geology and fossils.
Plus special events, educational programme, children's activities, research facilities, loan service and museum shop.