We are slightly bias here at the Brighton Centre but we honestly believe that our City is the best in the country. To those lucky enough to visit there is an abundance of sites, activities and experiences on offer. Naturally, we like to boast about the offerings of our City and believe the location itself is a great selling point for our venue.
We have put together a bucket list for those planning on visiting our awesome City…
Take in our famous seafront
It’s more than just pebbles and seagulls!
Go to the hub of Brighton’s fishing quarter, down in King’s Road Arches, and visit the volunteer-run Brighton Fishing Museum which documents the city’s maritime history with photographs, film clips and memorabilia.
The quarter is also made up of an array of galleries occupying the arches closest to the Brighton Pier and you’ve got a huge selection of amazing restaurants serving up locally sourced seafood.
You could even stroll along a little further east and get a full on sun tan on the nudist beach, but if that’s not you’re thing you could catch the Volks Railway which is worlds oldest operating electric railway, to the 2,000 berth yacht Brighton Marina. The Marina has a lot to offer from restaurants, a casino, bowling, pubs, cafés and you can even hire a boat for a day trip at sea.
Alternatively spend the day relaxing outside (or inside if it’s blowing a gale!) one of the many pubs that offer a al fresco seating on the pebbles, catch a tan and watch the world go by, followed by a trip inside one of the many nightclubs.
And do visit Brighton Pier its brash, brassy and brilliant fun: let any notions of good taste and decorum go, and surrender to its flashing fairground rides and amusements, candyfloss kiosks and hook-a-duck booths. You can’t visit Brighton without taking a stroll along it – and it’s free.
At dusk linger at the seafront to watch flocks of starlings murmarations around the West Pier.
Go under the sea
Brighton has its own Sea Life Centre with over 1,500 creatures. Just by Brighton Pier, the Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest operating aquarium.
There’s a rock pool where you can touch the resident crabs and starfish, an underwater tunnel with sharks cruising by, and displays of seahorses, piranhas and translucent moon jellyfish. Taking star billing among the sea creatures, though, is Lulu the giant sea turtle.
Fancy getting up personal with a shark? Give the Brighton Dive Centre a call and take a plunge in the Sea Life Centres shark tanks.
Enjoy the views
Enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of the City in the Brighton wheel or, for those looking for the scenic view, head to the top of Devils Dyke. Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England’s most colourful habitat.
At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.
When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as ‘the grandest view in the world’, he wasn’t wrong, but there is so much more to discover here than just a beautiful view.
You can catch the 77 bus from the train station or Brighton Pier – it’s open top too which adds a little something special to your journey through the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.
Brighton has more pubs and clubs per square mile then anywhere else in the UK so although we don’t advise you attempt a pub crawl it’s definitely worth sampling some local Harveys Ale in one of the 100’s of pubs available.
We simply cannot pick a favourite but for organisers of conferences here at the Brighton Centre we advise the Fiddlers Elbow which is just round the corner from us on Boyce Street… mainly because you can pick up the venue’s radio frequency in there, in case you snuck away for a quiet moment and need to dash back!
Learn the history
Brighton City Walks are a great way to learn the history during a 90minute tour or, for the little braver amongst us, take on the ghost tour of The Lanes to learn about our oldest residents still walking amongst us.
If the weather is playing ball with walking the streets then make sure you visit the quirky museums the City had to offer:
Mechanical Memories (250C King’s Road Arches, BN1 1NB) offers a charming diversion from the mass of seafront tack in the vicinity, paying homage to the automated entertainments of yester-year.
The Old Police Cells Museum (Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JA) charts the history of policing in Brighton. You can peek into the bleak cells, see the room in which the Chief Constable was murdered in 1844 and learn about some of the mods and rockers who were briefly incarcerated here after violence on beach.
The Brighton Toy Museum (52-55 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4EB) is a nostalgia-inducing experience for grown-ups, with its slightly spooky wooden puppets, brightly painted Tri-ang cars, gleaming train sets and doll’s house furniture.
Booth Museum of Natural History (194 Dyke Road, BN1 5AA)), was built to house the collection of Victorian ornithologist (and gun enthusiast) Edward Booth. Behind the small red doors you’ll find over half a million insects, animal skeletons, and stuffed birds, posed – rather ghoulishly to modern eyes – in re-creations of their natural habitats.
Visit the royal love shack
You can’t come to Brighton and not visit the Royal Pavilion, the Prince Regent’s outlandish country farmhouse-turned-mock-Mughal palace, was designed by John ‘Marble Arch’ Nash between 1815 and 1822.
The assemblage of minarets, balconies and domes freely mixes Indian, Chinese and Gothic notes in the pursuit of ornate excess, and the Prince’s illicit love nest never ceases to amuse and amaze plus the gardens are beautiful and a hot spot for people watching in the sun whilst listening to the busking musicians. If the weather turns nasty duck inside the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery which is located in the gardens; it houses a variety of galleries and exhibitions. There’s pottery, fine art, and contemporary paintings, as well as galleries dedicated to performance art and fashion.
This month the Royal Pavilion ice rink opened to the public so if you’re here in winter enjoy an evening on the twinkling, child friendly ice rink in the perfect setting of the spectacular seaside palace gardens.
Whether you are a chocolate lover or not you will be amazed by the Choccywoccydoodah shop. This unique shop specialises in one-off sculptured fantasies, bespoke wedding cakes, chocolate gifts, chocolate pets and really, really naughty stuff. It is definitely worth visiting for some window shopping.
Listen to music
Music fans, and vinyl junkies in particular, should consider making a special trip to Brighton, where at a number of places the LP is king. Visit the North Laine to find a plethora of music shops.
A must do is to sit with a coffee outside one of the independent cafes and enjoy a coffee whilst listening to a busker, we’ve got some very talented people playing on our streets.
If you’d rather book tickets the Komedia club has an exciting all-year programme of theatre, comedy, cabaret, jazz and world music plus great bars and food. However if you would like entertainment which is of a slightly alternative nature, Brighton’s Proud Cabaret is the place to visit. With cabaret and burlesque performances before, during and after dinner bookings and a new host of diverse club nights, Proud Cabaret Brighton promises an experience like no other.
Or you could come and see a concert here at the Brighton Centre, the other side of our business is all about music and live events. You can check out the listings here.
And finally, get lost…!
In The Lanes and North Laine. For those who love a bric-a-brac fix, and tat and treasures make sure you head to the famous Snooper’s Paradise (7-8 Kensington Gardens). Squeeze through the turnstile to browse its myriad stalls, crammed with everything from bags of buttons and Bakelite telephones to stylish 1960s lamps. Continue by wandering through the maze of streets, lanes and twittens for hours of window shopping and taking in the amazing selection of independent boutiques that Brighton is famous for… you won’t regret it.
We hope that we have provided you with some useful tips to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Brighton. Of course if you would like us to go into more detail, or would like advice on some of the many other attractions in Brighton we are always happy to help or speak to our colleagues at VisitBrighton.