Only 60 minutes away from London and overlooking the English Channel, Brighton is a colourful and lively city in southern England. Often described as “the happiest place to live in the UK”, this city will always offer you something to do: shopping, events, beach activities, eating and drinking – there is no chance of getting bored! So read our recommendations, pack your bags and get to Brighton: here’s what to do when there!
Obviously the first thing to see in Brighton is the super-famous Pier! The original one was built in the early 1800s, and it officially reopened in 1899. Today you see the result of years of remodelling and upgrading. You could argue that it is the finest pier ever built. Take a stroll on the pier, try traditional British fish and chips, take a look at the stalls that line the pier. Drink and eat at the bars and kiosks, play at the arcade and enjoy the rides and attractions at the fair. You could go there everyday of your stay and always find something new to do!
2. Brighton Beach
After the Pier, the best idea is to stop and enjoy Brighton Beach, especially if you go in the summer. Some claim this is the best beach in the whole of the UK – both locals and tourists never miss the opportunity to spend a few days there in the warmest season. The best time to enjoy it along with the sun and warm temperatures is the month of July – though we think that the view is undoubtedly great even during winter! There, you’ll have everything you need: shops, bars and restaurants along the promenade and much more.
3. The Lanes
What else to do in Brighton? We recommend you to explore The Lanes, a set of streets in the historic quarter where you will find lots of different shops. You will also find some restaurants and tea rooms for where you can go for a lunch break or just a snack. This area is actually very close to the seafront – perfect for a little shopping tour after the beach! Buy clothes (also second hand ones!), shoes, accessories, and visit the antique stores – you may come across some very unique souvenirs to bring back from the city!
When in Brighton, you can’t miss the Royal Pavilion, a beautiful palace in the city centre. It was built for King George IV, who had it redesigned in the Indian style we can admire today. Visit the big saloon, the kitchen, the royal bedrooms and much more. Learn about the history of this place. Buy souvenirs at the shops, and learn about the stories of past residents. This palace is a very relevant symbol of the city of Brighton and an important piece of British history. Also check the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, located in the Royal Pavilion Gardens.
One unmissable activity in Brighton is British Airways i360, a 162 meters tall viewing tower on the seaside. Much like the famous London Eye in London, this tower will give you the opportunity to enjoy an amazing and unique view of the city of Brighton from above. You can also enjoy a good drink on top at The Nyetimber Sky Bar. Tickets are about £17, with special offers for children, teenagers and young adults.
6. Theatre Royal
Don’t miss the opportunity to go to Theatre Royal – it actually is one of the oldest theatres in UK! Open since 1807, it has seen many important plays come to life on stage. You can reach it very easily, it’s just a 15 minutes walk away from Brighton train station. Along with its beautiful interiors, inside you will find bars, conference rooms and other services. There are almost one thousand seats in the venue. Check what’s on here, and if you’re interested in one of the events, take the opportunity to enjoy a good show during your stay in Brighton!
7. The Witchez
Even if you enjoyed the street food, at some point throughout your trip you may also want to stop at a nice cafe or restaurant. If you want to discover an original place, we recommend you “The Witchez“, a “Photo Design Café Restaurant”. It’s like going to an office where you can do photoshoots, editing, designing and much more, and all the while enjoy exquisite homemade food – from starters to desserts, and also pizza and lots of special dishes. The menu offers plenty of choice, and also many vegetarian and vegan options. Check for more about this place on their official website!
8. Coalition Club
And finally, if you feel like partying, Coalition Club is just one of the many good night clubs in Brighton. It’s located on Kings Road Arches, right by the beach. Check what events are on on the days you’re staying in the city, grab your best outfit and comfortable shoes and get ready to dance!