Brighton is one of the most iconic locations in the UK, with more than 11.2 million people heading to its colourful seafront in 2016. You can experience the fun of the fair, browse in the unique artists’ quarter or sample traditional seaside treats and watch the sun set. If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help with our tourists guide to the Brighton seafront.
What should you do?
There’s plenty to do on the Brighton seafront, so whether you’ve got a weekend or a week to fill, you won’t be bored. Something that Brighton is particularly famous for its arcades and games. Try your luck at a ring toss or have a go on the 2p sliding machines. See if you can beat the dreaded claw machine or turn your hand to casino games. While there won’t be a casino welcome bonus like you get online, you can still have plenty of fun!
When you’re done, head outside and under the sea at Sea Life or soar up to the clouds on one of the seafront’s rides. Want to experience the history of Brighton? There are many types of walking tours in Brighton to choose from. You can explore its grisly past and famous hauntings on a ghost walk. Or for something less sinister, try a Brighton palace pier tour. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Victorian era as you learn about its evolution from promenade to play central.
What should you see?
Apart from its pier, one of Brighton’s most famous tourist attractions is the Royal Pavilion. Once the royal retreat of Prince Regent (George IV), it was transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1823. The pavilion houses works of art, fine silver-gilt and a stately tearoom where you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. You can check out its military gallery which shows the pavilion’s time as a hospital for troops through archive photographs, film and contemporary accounts.
If you’ve had enough of history, you can always stroll along the beach or splash in the water. For the more adventurous tourists, there’s a wide variety of watersports on offer in Brighton such as kayaking, surfing or wakeboarding.
Take some time out to rest and relax in one of the rainbow hued Hove beach-huts. The huts are overlooked by the beautiful Regency architecture in Brunswick square. Some are even suitable for dogs, so man’s best friend can enjoy a trip to the seaside. If you fancy a show, there’s nowhere better to go than the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. This Grade 1 Listed Building is a historic reminder of the past where the talent of tomorrow can take to the stage. See everything from classical music performances to contemporary comedians and circus acts.
Where should you shop?
There are plenty of places to shop in Brighton. Churchill square shopping centre has over 80 shops and restaurants under one roof. Or, if you’re looking for something unique, visit North Laine. This part of the seafront is home to an array of quirky shops packed with vintage clothes, antique books and craft supplies.
If you want a truly delicious souvenir, then there’s plenty of options. There are a range of sweet shops on bright seafront selling traditional sweets, pick & mix and personalised rock. Just want to treat yourself? Brighton has plenty of restaurants, cafes and foodstalls. You’ll find vegan and vegetarian options and cutting-edge culinary delights as well as traditional fish and chips and child-friendly meals for mini mouths.