With its iconic attractions, top beaches and thriving shops and restaurants, Brighton is one of the country’s best spots for a break by the sea.
Southern trains run direct to Brighton from London Victoria, taking just under an hour to arrive at the station on Queens Road, about 10 minutes from the city centre. Find out about the facilities at Brighton station.
From there, it’s easy to get to the bustling seafront and all the main sights, as well as explore the more laid-back Kemp Town and the independent shops, cafes and restaurants in North Laine.
Things to do in Brighton
See the sights
Once a favourite destination of George IV, Brighton has a cluster of historic sights that should all be at the top of your must-see list.
These include the famous Royal Pavilion, built in a distinctive Indian style with its impressive dome and swirling minarets. Head inside too, where design and décor get even more intricate, featuring dragons and hand-painted Chinese wallpaper.
You’ll also want to take a stroll down Brighton Pier. Opened at the end of the 19th century, it’s the place to go for classic seaside fun, including slot machines, dodgems and fish and chips.
There are more modern attractions too, such as the British Airways i360 that gives you the chance to take in stunning views of Brighton and the surrounding area from 162 metres above the ground.
On Brighton Beach, meanwhile, you can have a go at kayaking and paddle-boarding or simply hire a deck chair and relax by the sea.
Hit the shops
Brighton is known for its independent shops, as well as for its vibrant arts scene.
Head to the Lanes for a great choice of boutiques offering vintage clothes, designer labels and statement pieces of jewellery.
There are also plenty of places to indulge in some foodie treats, from the unforgettable cakes of Choccywoccydoodah to homemade fare at That Little Tea Shop.
For a glimpse into the city’s cultural scene, head to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, home to a wide collection of 20th-century art and design.
And after dark, take your pick from traditional pubs such as The Cricketers or pull an all-nighter at one of Brighton’s many clubs. Some of the most popular include Shooshh, Proud Cabaret and Komedia.