Travel direct to Brighton from London Victoria in just under an hour with Southern trains.
The vibrant city of Brighton attracts millions of visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why. Packed full of iconic attractions, beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife, fantastic shops and restaurants, there is certainly no shortage of fun things to do in Brighton.
Plus, at less than 50 miles out of London, getting to Brighton couldn’t be easier. Hop on a train and stroll along the famous pier with the kids, enjoy the buzzing LGBTQ+ party scene or explore the maze of independent cafes and quirky shops in less than an hour.
Getting to Brighton
We know that Brighton days out should be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. That’s why we operate a number of regular services to this fantastic city - so you can spend more time planning what activities to do, and less time worrying about the travel.
Getting to Brighton from London Victoria and London Bridge takes just an hour thanks to our direct service, so you can be out exploring in no time. Or if you’re coming from the south coast, you can hop on a direct train from Southampton to the west or Ashford International to the east – or any point in between.
Looking to save money on the train fare? We’ve got you covered. There are several ways to cut the cost of your train ticket to enjoy Brighton days out for less. For instance, travel at Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak times to enjoy up to 1/3 off adult fares, and up to four kids can travel for just £2. Or, why not see if you’re eligible for a Railcard - plenty of people are – and take advantage of discounted fares. Those wanting to make a day of it with a group of friends, travel outside busy periods in a group of 3-9 adults to obtain a 1/3 off with GroupSave.
Things to do in Brighton
Whether you’re seeking active adventure or a relaxing retreat, there are plenty of things to do in Brighton that are sure to please. Once a favourite destination of George IV, Brighton has a cluster of historic sites 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. This iconic creation draws in 400,000 visitors annually who want to step back in time on a tour of the perfectly preserved palace. Or if you prefer understated Edwardian elegance, head to nearby Preston Manor, just a short walk from Preston Park station.
Of course, Brighton days out wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down the famous pier. Opened at the end of the 19th century, it’s the place to go for classic seaside fun – arcades, slot machines, dodgems, candyfloss, fish and chips, and rides for the thrill seekers. From here, you can head onto the beach to enjoy kayaking, paddle-boarding or relax in a deck chair by the sea.
There are great modern attractions too, such as the British Airways i360 vertical cable car that takes you 450 feet above the beach. Take in stunning views of Brighton and the surrounding area - on a clear day, you can see for 26 miles. When you’re ready to take your head out of the clouds, why not head to a show at Brighton Dome, or discover the secrets of the sea at SEA LIFE Brighton?
There are also plenty of great independent shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Head to the Lanes for a great choice of boutiques offering vintage clothes, designer labels and statement pieces of jewellery, along with more unusual offerings such as antique maps and a shop dedicated to rubber ducks.
You’ll find all the usual seaside foodie treats in Brighton, of course, but the city is also famous for its excellent vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Taste for yourself at the famous Food for Friends or the award-winning Terre à Terre, or discover more restaurants for all tastes.
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. There are some great places to dance the night away, including Shooshh, Proud Cabaret and Komedia.
With so many things to do in Brighton, you’re sure to find something that’s right up your street. Why not take the first step on your adventure by booking train tickets through our website today?