Brighton has long been regarded as Britain's 'Pleasure Dome' for centuries, and for good reason! With an abundance of culture, attractions, restaurants and coffee shops creating a curiously cosmopolitan atmosphere, this seaside town certainly is a gem to be discovered.
Less than 1 hour by train from London (trains depart every 15 minutes from London Victoria); Brighton is a fantastic option for a full day, self-guided tour from London. We've rounded up our top tips on sightseeing and attractions just for you, hope you enjoy!
Take to the skies on British Airways i360 and see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before! Glide up gently to 138m to enjoy breath-taking 360° views from the world’s tallest moving observation tower. While on-board the futuristic glass pod, enjoy a glass of English sparkling wine at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, one of the most unique bars in the UK. The beach building includes the Belle Vue restaurant, West Pier Tea room, a souvenir shop and fully flexible event spaces.
A bracing walk along Brighton Pier is a fantastic way to clear heads and revive appetites. A stroll out to sea is an exhilarating experience, but if you prefer a more leisurely option, you can take the Volk's Electric Railway, along Madeira Drive to Brighton Marina, admiring the fine Regency terraces as you go. Fantastic for families, Brighton Pier has rides and attractions for all ages, with many traditional fairground favourites to enjoy.
The tangled network of narrow cobbled laneways between East, North and Prince Albert streets marks the extent of the early town of Brighton. In those days, the lanes were filled with fishmongers, bakers, bootmakers and taverns.
Today, you will find lots of charming shops, bars and restaurants. The Lanes are a shopper's paradise with an array of independent shops and boutiques - the ideal spot if you are looking to put a creative edge into your shopping!
The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. The former Royal Palace is situated less than 5 minutes’ walk from the beach, surrounded by the beautiful Royal Pavilion Gardens. Audio guides in many languages, a fabulous Tearoom and a well-stocked gift shop are available.