Things to do in Brighton
The trendy city of Brighton is full of fun things to do. Whether you’re looking for cultural inspiration or some quality relaxation, Brighton has got something for you.
Famous for its pebble beach which runs along both sides of the pier, you could spend your whole day here with plenty of activities and refreshments available at the pier and along the promenade including arcades and rides, as well as great restaurants and fish & chip shops. However, there are plenty of iconic landmarks and historic destinations to discover in the city too: The Royal Pavilion, The Regency Town House, and countless museums in between. There really is no limit to the amount of fun you can have in Brighton, but we’ve managed to whittle this list of the best things to do in Brighton down to the cream of the crop.
British Airways i360 Tower
Address: Lower Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2LN
Opened in 2016, this 450ft high observation tower is truly something special. Not one for those with a fear of heights, your experience begins by entering a futuristic glass pod which travels slowly skyward to give you 360-degree views across the city, the English Channel and even the Seven Sisters and South Downs on a clear day. Tickets can be pricey, but the pod also doubles up as a cocktail bar, so it’s a great spot for a relaxing drink.
The Regency Town House
Address: 13 Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EH
One for the history buffs, The Regency townhouse is a grade-l listed property from the 1820s. It is a rare and unique opportunity to see a complete Regency dwelling in its original form. Today, the House is home to a wonderful museum and heritage centre.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Address: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Pavilion Parade, Brighton BN1 1EE
Found in Royal Pavilion's gardens, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery displays an amazing collection of pieces from a wide variety of different time periods. The displays range from fine or decorative art to fashion, toys, and even local history. Tickets are remarkably cheap and allow you access for a full year so it’s great value to repeat visitors!
Brighton Palace Pier
Address: Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW
Opened in 1899, Brighton Palace Pier is the symbol and heart of the city. With fairground rides a plenty, bars, restaurants, and deckchairs to enjoy the sea view, there’s a full day’s worth of entertainment on Brighton Pier alone. Make sure not to miss out on the biggest attraction in the Southeast of England.
Address: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE
The distinctive Asian-style palace built for King George IV is a wonderful place to explore if you're into history or architecture. A walking tour is available, on which you can listen to an audio guide to discover the secrets of each of the opulent, beautifully restored rooms, as well as the gardens.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Address: 52-55 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
This is an absolute treasure trove of toys and models from years gone by. With thousands of toys and models displayed in 3 railway arches, including 2 working model railway layouts, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a must for visitors with kids. The staff are engaging and there’s a little “spot the Lego man” quiz to keep your kids occupied as they go around the museum.
SEA LIFE Brighton
Address: Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB
The world’s oldest aquarium is found opposite the iconic pier in Brighton. Built in 1872 and now named SEA LIFE Brighton, the aquarium features some 5,500 mesmerising creatures including rays, sharks, and turtles. The lighting is spectacular throughout, and the showstopper is a glass tunnel that allows you to get up close and personal with blacktip sharks. This is a sure-fire hit with kids.
Booth Museum of Natural History
Address: 194 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA
Perhaps the best kept secret in Brighton, the Booth Museum of Natural History explores the natural world through exhibits, interactive displays and hands-on activities. It’s an old-fashioned museum with a great vibe, the kind which we don’t see so much anymore, with countless stuffed specimens set up in beautiful dioramas. Great for visiting anytime and with anyone - family, friends, or solo. Entry is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Upside Down House
Address: 42-43, Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2LN
Having opened in 2019, the Upside Down House has quickly become a favourite among Instagrammers and amateur photographers alike. This topsy-turvy attraction claims to be the “UK's first inverted experience”, and who are we to challenge them? Take a decent camera phone or a DSLR that has a wide lens to help you get the best shots and try to pick a quiet time if possible, so as to avoid unintentional photo bombs!
Volk’s Electric Railway
Address: Esplanade Cottages, 320 Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1FY
This electric railway dates back to 1883 and now operates along the seafront as a seasonal tourist experience. Kids will love this little train journey and the open cars allow you to enjoy the lovely seaside views unobstructed. The whole experience is made even better by the staff who are extremely helpful and full of enthusiasm.
Address: Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD
Preston Park is a large urban green space in the centre of Brighton with playgrounds, pitches, and a manor house. The park is perfect for those with young children and dogs, as there’s plenty of space to run around or enjoy sports and picnics. There are plenty of walking trails and even a running track which is great for enthusiastic athletes looking for somewhere to train. The park is also occasionally used for concerts, fairs and circuses should you be lucky enough to catch one when you’re in town.