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Vibrant, charming seaside resort on the south coast, with long sandy beaches and the famous Brighton Pier. Are you looking for things to do in Brighton? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.


Brighton is a hugely popular seaside resort and one of the most visited places in the UK. A diverse and friendly place, Brighton has much to offer to day trippers and holiday makers alike. Undoubtedly the most popular destination for visitors is the famous Brighton Pier. Much fun can be had here with it's many fairground rides and arcades. Inland don't miss the 'The Lanes,' a picturesque shopping quarter. There are some great historic sites to visit as well.

The Royal Pavillion is a particular stand out attraction with it's unique cone shaped domes. If you're feeling slightly more active why not try one of the local watersport centres, or enjoy a game of beach volleyball? At night Brighton comes into it's own with an endless array of live music, theatre, comedy, hip bars and trendy clubs. There are also some excellent local seafood restaurants that you'll want to check out. All this and more makes Brighton an excellent place to have fun and relax.

Known for...   Brighton Pier, Royal Pavillion, Pebbled Beach, London to Brighton veteran car run and The Lanes


Did you know...

  • England’s first casino opened at the Metropole Hotel Brighton in 1962. Well, the first on land – an earlier casino-ship on the Thames got round gambling laws for a time.
  • Brighton Marina is the largest of its kind in Europe. It boasts 1600 berths and covers 126 acres (35 acres of which are land).
  • Brighton’s Sea Life aquarium boasts the incredible distinction of being the oldest aquarium in the entire world. Although these days it is a part of a much larger chain, this particular branch of Sea Life has been enthralling visitors to this seaside resort since 1872.



 

  Attractions

World Famous Brighton Pier FREE

Full of fun and attractions.
Madeira Drive
Brighton
BN2 1TW

01273609361

 

Brighton Royal Pavillion

World famous palace.
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton
BN1 1EE

 

Brighton Sea Life Cente

The SEA LIFE Centre Brighton is the oldest operating aquarium in the world.
Marine Parade
Brighton
BN2 1TB

 

Brighton Wheel

Visit the Brighton Wheel for stunning, panoramic views of the city's famous landmarks and coastline.
Daltons Bastion
Madeira Drive
Brighton
BN2 1TB

 

Volks Electric Railway

Have a ride on the world's oldest working electric railway.
285 Madeira Drive
Brighton
BN2 1EN

01273292718

 

CitySightseeing Brighton Hop On Hop Off

Relax and enjoy a guided tour of Brighton upon an open-top bus - great for all the family.
Grand Junction Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1NJ

 

Saltdean Lido

Charming art deco outdoor pool.
Saltdean Park Road
Brighton
BN2 8SP

 

Brighton Marina

Brighton Marina is the largest in Europe with over 1500 berth's and a stunning Waterfront destination.
Brighton
BN2 5UF

 

Rottingdean Pitch & Putt

18-hole pitch and putt course on the cliff top at Rottingdean, 2 miles from Brighton, past Brighton Marina.
8 Marine Drive
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 7HQ

 
 

  Children's Activities

Peter Pan's Adventure Golf

The course is now 18 holes, running along the seafront.
Madeira Drive
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 1EN

 
 

  Museums

Brighton Fishing Museum

Uncover the history and heritage of Brighton’s fishing industry through a wealth of photographs and remarkable artefacts.
201 King's Road
The Lanes
BN1 1NB

 

The Brighton Toy & Model Museum FREE

Magical world of toys and models.
52-55 Trafalgar Street
Brighton
BN1 3XP

01273749494

 

Hove Museum And Art Gallery FREE

Step into a world of toys, cinema, local history, and fine art.
New Church Road
Hove
BN3 4AB

Recommended by Matt Yorke, Brighton

 

Booth Museum Of Natural History FREE

Educational visitor attraction for all ages.
194 Dyke Road
Brighton
BN1 5AA

 
 

  Parks

Pavilion Gardens FREE

These beautiful Regency gardens surround the magnificent Royal Pavilion, providing visitors and locals a green haven.
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton
BN1 1EE

 

Queens Park FREE

Set in a sheltered valley, Queens Park is perfect if you want to take a short stroll and relax. There is also a wildlife garden.
Queen's Park Terrace
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 0GE

 

Stanmer Park FREE

With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is perfect for a family picnic or kickabout with friends.
Lewes Road
Brighton
Sussex
BN1 9SE

 

Wild Park FREE

Wild Park is Brighton & Hove's largest Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and has extensive woodland walks and spectacular views.
Lewes Road
Brighton
BN2 4HG

 

Waterhall FREE

Waterhall Conservation Area is about 15 hectares (38 acres) of chalk downland and scrub. With its extensive views of the downs.
Mill Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 8YR

 

East Brighton Park FREE

The attraction of East Brighton park is the feeling of open space - the wide open expanses of grass give you an air of freedom.
Wilson Avenue
Brighton
BN2 5TS

 

Stoneham Park FREE

Stoneham Park features a children’s playground, sporting facilities and a community run café.
Stoneham Road
Brighton
BN3 5FS

 

St. Ann's Well Gardens FREE

St Ann's Well Gardens, not far from Hove seafront, is a treat for the tree-lover and will appeal to young and old alike.
Somerhill Road
Hove
BN3 1RP

 

Preston Park FREE

Preston Park is the largest urban park in the city. Whether you want to take part in sports or sit and enjoy a picnic in summer.
Preston Road
Brighton
BN1 6SD

Recommended by Tim Russell, Hove

 

Hollingbury Park And Woods FREE

Placed along the Ditchling road, Hollingbury park has a large grass area and woodland walkways.
Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 7HS

 

Chattri Down And Memorial FREE

Immediately to the south of the Chattri is Chattri Down Site of Nature Conservation Importance, most of which is open access land.
Standen Lane
Patcham
Brighton
BN1 8ZB

 

Hove Seafront FREE

Hove seafront begins at Hove Lawns and stretches right along to Hove Lagoon, near Portslade.
Hove
BN3 2WJ

 

Hove Park FREE

Hove Park is popular with local residents, dog walkers and runners. The park covers almost 40 acres.
Goldstone Crescent
Hove
BN3 7BF

 

Dyke Road Park FREE

Dyke Road Park provides the local community with a pleasant, welcoming green space that is popular with all ages.
Dyke Road
Brighton
BN1 5AA

 

Withdean Park FREE

Bordered to the north and east by woodland, Withdean Park is a large open space with good views of the South Downs.
Peacock Lane
Brighton
BN1 8HF

 

Blakers Park FREE

Although compact in size it has a large number of features including a small friendly café, tennis courts and renovated playground.
Preston Drove
Brighton
BN1 6FF

 

Kipling Gardens FREE

Named after the village's most famous resident, Jungle Book writer Rudyard Kipling, these delightful gardens are full of charm.
Rottingdean
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 7HA

Recommended by Judie Lawson, Brighton

 
 

  Galleries

Fabrica

Highly acclaimed contemporary art gallery.
40 Duke Street
Brighton
BN1 1AG

01273778646

 

Phoenix Arts

Contemporary gallery and largest artist-led arts organisation in the South East of England.
10-14 Waterloo Place
Brighton
BN2 9NB

01273603700

 
 

  Bowling

Bowlplex Brighton Marina

Ten-pin bowling.
Brighton Marina
Brighton
BN2 5US

01273818180

 
 

  Cinema

Duke Of York

Independent Cinema.
Preston Circus
Brighton
BN1 4NA

08719025728

 

Odeon Brighton

Multi-screen cinema.
Kingswest
West Street
BN1 2RE

03330144501

 

Cineworld Brighton

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
Brighton Marina
BN2 5UF

03303334444

 
 

  Theatre

Theatre Royal

Iconic city centre theatre.
New Road
Brighton
BN1 1SD

 

The Brighton Centre Strictly Confidential

Following the continued success of BBC One's ratings-winning Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood's brand new show.
King's Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 2GR

 

Brighton Dome

Premier music and theatre venue.
12a Pavilion Buildings
Brigton
BN1 1EE

01273700747

 
 

  Live Music

Komedia

Famed for great live music and stand up comedy.
44-47 Gardner Street
Brighton
BN1 1UN

01273647100

 

Concorde2

Much loved intimate live music venue.
Concorde House
18 Margaret Street
BN2 1TS

01273673311

 
 

  Golf

Hollingbury Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Ditchling Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 7HS

 
 

  Leisure centres

The Gym

Fitness centre. No contract required.
The Terraces
Madeira Drive
BN2 1AY

08443843890

 

LA Fitness

Health and fitness centre.
Tower Point
44 North Road
BN1 1YR

 

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
78-81 Queens Road
Brighton
BN1 3XE

01273220931‎

 

Riptide

Seafront gym and fitness centre.
150-153 Kings Road Arches
Brighton
BN1 1NB

01273725444

 

King Alfred Leisure Centre

Modern leisure centre offering a vast range of activities for all ages.
Kingsway
Hove
BN3 2WW

Recommended by Pauline Hunter, Brighton

 

Brighton Health And Racquet Club

Health and racquet club.
Village Way
Falmer
BN1 9SG

01273667888

Recommended by Gill Davey, Brighton

 

David Lloyd

Health and fitness centre.
Brighton Marina Village
Brighton
BN2 5UF

01273666401

 
 

  Water sports

Oyster Diving

Multi-award winning PADI scuba diving school.
1 Church St
Brighton
BN1 1RB

08006990243

 

Hatt Adventures

Outdoor activities centre. Kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing and much more.
10 Jew Street
Brighton
BN1 1UT

01273358359

 

Hove Lagoon Watersports Centre

Try a variety of exciting watersports.
6 Western Concourse Brighton
Marina Village
BN2 5UP

01273424842

 

Brighton Dive Centre

Learn to scuba dive.
37 Waterfront
Brighton
BN2 5WA

01273606068

 
 

  Walks

Bicycle Hire

Hire a bicycle to explore Brighton.
9 Victoria Terrace
Kingsway
BN3 2WB

01273774061

 
 

  Karting

Karting Nation

Go-Karting centre.
Karting Nation
Brighton
BN2 1TD

08712779822

 
 

  Sport

Beach Side Sports Centre

Enjoy some beach based sports.
299 Madeira Drive
Brighton
BN2 1EN

01273672222

 

Kite Surfing Lessons

Learn to kite surf.
Kitesurfing School
Hove
BN3 2WB

 

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