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Whether you’re looking for a relaxing seaside break or a fun trip for the whole family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Brighton for free.
Voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton’s legendary pebble beach is a must-do. Pick up a bag of chips and head down to soak up the sea air and laid-back atmosphere. If you’re feeling brave enough, you could even take a paddle!
When travelling to Brighton, no visit is complete without a leisurely stroll down along the famous Pier promenade. Lose an afternoon in the amusement arcades or take a whirl on the ferris wheel. Brighton and Hove is also home to an impressive 98 parks, including six with Green Flag awards, making it the perfect place to share a picnic.
If you’re after something a little more cultured, Brighton has plenty of museums and galleries for you to peruse, such as the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery or the Booth Museum of Natural History.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton’s very own seaside palace and one of the most extraordinary buildings in the British Isles, is definitely worth a visit. You’ll also find many other historic houses in and around Brighton and Hove, such as Preston Manor or the Grade II listed Palmeira Mansions.
From performance and literature to dance and exhibitions, Brighton is hard to beat for the arts. Brighton Dome plays host to world class dance and opera, while leading art exhibitions are often featured at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
Vibrant, eclectic and diverse, Brighton is the UK’s most cosmopolitan coastal resort. You’ll find all the usual ingredients of a seaside town – beach, amusement arcades, fish and chip shops, grand pier – along with a lively town centre and pretty shopping lanes. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a short destination guide of our recommendations for the best things to do in Brighton. Take a look and start planning your coach trip today.
From the famous pebble beach to the landmark Brighton Pier, you’ll be sure to find a great variety of fun things to do in Brighton.
Take your pick from the wealth of attractions in Brighton and Hove, such as the Brighton Wheel, or even the Brighton Marina, a stunning waterfront with over 1600 berths.
If you’re on a family visit, Sea Life Centre Brighton is Britain’s oldest operating aquarium and home to over 150 species – making it a great day out for the kids. You could also choose to venture further afield and discover one of Brighton’s pretty ‘villages’, such as Kipling’s Rottingdean to Kemp town.
Two words: The Lanes. Brighton is famed for its winding labyrinth of shopping alleys, otherwise known as The Lanes. Potter through the charming little streets of quirky and cool boutiques, scouring for trinkets such as antiques, kitsch furniture, vintage clothing or retro sweets (a great place to stock up on Brighton Rock for gifts to take home!), all while listening to some live jazz from the popular buskers.
You can also pick up a bargain at the Brighton Marina or take a wander around Churchill Square mall. Head into Brighton centre for high street goodies, or, for more local purchases, Hove – just down the road – hosts regular French and Farmers’ markets, where you can find delicious fresh produce.
Brighton’s cuisine scene is hard to beat. From award winning restaurants to veggie delights, tasty street food or beachfront bars, you’ll find something to suit everyone.
On a shoestring: Harry Ramsden’s. Fish and chips, right on the seafront.
Middle of the road: The Terraces Bar & Grill. Overlooking Brighton Pier, this beach-chic restaurant with panoramic views serves fresh Mediterranean inspired cuisine all day.
Splash the cash: The Restaurant at Drake’s. In the heart of one Brighton’s most luxurious boutique hotels, this beautiful restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star nine years in a row.