Brighton is a seaside resort town on the southern coast of England. It’s extremely popular in the summer time with Brits (who rarely ever get to see the sun) and want to take advantage of the nice weather! Brighton also most of their parties, festivals, and families during the summer months, so if you are coming in the off season you won’t find much to do. While it is a summer-time city, this travel guide can help you fill your days on or off season. Keep in mind prices rise substantially in the summer!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Brighton
1. Brighton Pier
2. The Royal Pavilion
3. Brighton Beach
4. Seven Sisters Country Park
5. Go to the Brighton Festival
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Explore the city through the eyes of a local
Brighton has implemented a neat, free program for its visitors, called Brighton Greeters. Once you register, you’ll be paired with a volunteer local who will spend two hours showing you around the city in a personally tailored tour. It’s a unique way to explore the city and get a chance to connect with an insider.
This art gallery is artist-run and owned. It deals mostly with contemporary visual art, which is something I find weird and not very arty. But to each their own, so it makes this list. Admission is free.
3. St. Anne’s Well Gardens
A beautiful and expansive park near Hove seafront, it offers tennis courts, a children’s area, and beautiful trees and trails to jog or walk. It’s a popular beach alternative to busy Brighton Beach.
4. Sealife Center
First founded in 1871, this is the world’s oldest operating aquarium. The many expansions since its original construction include: a conservatory, a reading room, a fernery, a rockery, a cascade, and a roller-skating rink. Admission is 14.50 GBP if you book online and in advance, and 21.50 GBP if you buy your ticket the same day. Children under 2 enter free.
5. Devil’s Dyke
This valley stretches 11km over a beautiful, open landscape, north towards the Wealds and south to the sea. It is the largest dyke in the UK and is part of the Southern England chalk formation. There is a lot of beautiful wildlife to see, and it’s also a popular spot for hang-gliding too.
6. The Brighton Center
During its heyday, this was the largest event venue of its kind in all of the UK. Today, not so much but there are still big name concerts, shows, and political conferences held here. If you are looking to go see a show, be sure to check out what is scheduled here.
7. Eat a Sunday roast
Having roast on Sundays is a well-known tradition in Brighton that isn’t mentioned very often. Usually served with lots of vegetables, this is a hearty way to end your week. Some good places to get it are The Royal Sovereign Pub, The Dover Castle, and The Dorset Bar & Restaurant.