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Tourist Attractions in our very own city, a guide to Brighton’s Best

Brighton – the city that caters to all tastes whether you’re interested in history, fashion, art, or simply enjoying the seaside charm. This guide offers the very best things to enjoy, if you haven’t already explored one of these famous attractions. Pack your bag, and become a tourist at-home because we truly have some gems right here on the stunning English coast. 

Photo by Ashleigh Cosham

Brighton Palace Pier

No visit to Brighton is complete without strolling along the historic Brighton Palace Pier. Built-in 1899, this iconic landmark offers an array of amusements, traditional arcade games, and thrilling rides. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline, treat yourself to some fish and chips, or indulge in candyfloss while experiencing the classic British seaside charm. I recommend standing on the pier at sunset to see the most captivating views.

Royal Pavilion

Step into the opulent world of the Royal Pavilion, a former royal residence and architectural gem. Built for King George IV in the 18th century, the palace showcases a striking mix of Indian and Chinese-inspired architecture. Wander through the splendidly decorated rooms and beautiful gardens to experience a taste of regal grandeur. Explore everything from the basement and tunnel tours, to the upper chambers and extensive collections. Then relax with a cream tea from the cafe, or catch some sun in the wildlife-haven gardens.

Brighton Dome 

Currently occupied by the award winning Van Gogh Alive exhibition, which allows you to experience every sense of Gogh, the Dome is definitely a Brighton favourite. The concert hall is still welcoming a host of famous names this summer – Frankie Boyle and Grayson Perry to name a few. It’s also a venue with over 200 years of history. Once a Victorian skating rink, then WW1 hospital, and now a major performing arts venue. 

What’s on at Brighton Dome: https://brightondome.org/

Royal Pavillion

The Lanes

Immerse yourself in the quaint and narrow alleys of The Lanes, a charming maze of independent shops, cafes, and boutiques. Here, you’ll discover unique treasures, antique stores, and handmade crafts. Take your time to explore the vibrant atmosphere and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Take a look into Art5 gallery and Kellie Miller arts to enjoy the contemporary arts. You should visit the Trading Post Coffee roasters in the lanes for the best coffee and danish pastries. In North Laines, browse plenty of jewellery displays and vintage clothing shops to dig through.

Brighton Marina

For maritime enthusiasts and anyone seeking a bustling waterfront experience, Brighton Marina is a must-visit destination. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the boardwalk, watch the boats sail in and out, and treat yourself to fresh seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants. There’s also another arcade with bowling and an american diner you can enjoy with friends and family.

Brighton i360 

Built in 2016 with an aim to offer one of a kind experiences, you just can’t miss the i360 out. Where else can you get a 360 degree view of the city, in a 138 metre high glass pod? You can also try out a whole spectacle of activities such as sky yoga, roller skating, disco, dining and sunset journeys. Or if you don’t want to go inside it, you can climb up it, round it, or abseil off of it! And maybe most importantly for some, it houses the South Coast’s highest bar. There’s a gift shop and terraced cafe at the bottom to reward your bravery with too.

Book tickets to go up the i360 – https://brightoni360.co.uk/

Devil’s Dyke

Wanting to escape bustling Brighton? Devil’s dyke is about the most scenic and tranquil local experience you can find with its unbeatable views and top trails. It’s the biggest ‘dry valley’ in England, and the perfect place to get a taste of nature whether you wish to walk, run or cycle. Follow the butterfly trail walk, histories and mysteries walk, or the Fulking pub walk. Or just do your own thing! It’s also a prime spot for paragliding and kite flying, and its chalk grassland areas are packed with rare birds, creatures and flowers. Make sure to pack some sandwiches to enjoy with a view!

AMEX Stadium

Home of Brighton and Hove Albion FC since 2011, a trip to the AMEX is a must for football enjoyers. Join one of the 32,000 in watching the Seagulls play, and experience an atmosphere like no other. Or if you don’t fancy a match, take part in a non match day activity such as a full stadium tour or a visit to the merch filled superstore. Transport is easy peasy with train and bus stations at the stadiums doorsteps, and travel guides all over their website.

One Garden at Stanmer Park

The revitalised historical gardens at Stanmer park really are a hidden haven. They host a range of summery events for local businesses, including regular farmers markets, an open air film festival, as well as workshops in yoga, mindfulness and the arts. The gardens themselves are diversely inhabited, and act as inspiration for the seasonally high quality lunch and brunch menus. A lovely summer spot to head to! Or take away a coffee and a hot snack from the markets where you will also find fresh bread and meat daily in the bakery and butchers. 

Found out more about One Garden – https://www.onegardenbrighton.com/

Watersports at Hove Lagoon

Come on, you’ve got to do water sports when you’re in a seaside city. Get the whole family involved in the action at Hove Lagoon’s enclosed waters, where you can windsurf, wakeboard, sail and kayak. Professional teaching can be done in groups, 1:1, or you can simply hire a paddleboard on a sunny day. They have 15 years of experience with a range of age groups. Or alternatively, learn right out in the open ocean waters! Founded in 2003, Brighton Watersports have developed the best facilities in the South east to teach you paddleboarding, ringo riding, wakeboarding and more! Wetsuits and changing facilities are provided at both.

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