Nicknamed London-by-sea, Brighton has become one of the trendiest places to visit in the past few years. With narrow lanes full of quirky shops and independent boutiques, annual Pride festival, and cosmopolitan vibe of its beaches itâ€™s become a hotspot for tourism in the UK. Despite its small-ish size, there are such a huge number of things to do youâ€™ll be spoiled for choice.
Start your visit in the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, located within the cityâ€™s famous Royal Pavilion. Youâ€™ll find sections devoted to fashion and style, performance around the world, fine art and 20th century design. It regularly hosts the same shows as the likes of London and New York. The museum is also family-friendly, with interactive exhibitions to keep kids entertained too.
Famous for its oriental appearance, the Royal Pavilion is one of Brightonâ€™s most recognisable landmarks. Built in 1787 as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales the complex was used as a royal residence until 1811, when it was occupied by the Prince Regent. The structure is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century.
If youâ€™re interested in seafood and the beach leisure trade take a trip to the Brighton Fishing Museum. This seafront spot is just next door to arches under which present-day fisherman carry out their work, really bringing the experience to life. Watch old films about Brighton, listen to a few sea shanties, or try your hand at tying some fishermanâ€™s knots.
A trip to Brighton wouldnâ€™t be complete without a visit to the Pier. Youâ€™ll find candyfloss, photo booths, arcade games, amusement park rides and more, itâ€™s great for keeping children entertained for an hour or two! And if the weather suits, follow it up with a dip in the sea on one of Brightonâ€™s famous pebble beaches.
Stuck for something to do in the evening? Have a drink at Fortune of War, a great pub that all but sits on the pebble beach itself. Open since 1882, the spot claims to be Brightonâ€™s oldest seafront pub, and itâ€™s shaped like an upside down boat.
Children will love the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Situated under Brighton station, it showcases over 10,000 exhibitions of toys from the last 100 years. With model trains, puppets, teddy bears and more, come and reminisce on your youth and show the kids how much things have changed.
For shopping, head to the South Lanes for a variety of independent shops selling everything from vintage clothing and jewellery to used books and antique postcards. Have fun getting lost among the pedestrianised twists and turns and see what you can find.
We recommend Food for Friends for a bite to eat. This restaurant embodies much of what people love about Brighton: itâ€™s bright, friendly and a bit different. It offers high-end vegetarian dining, with a seasonal menu inspired by Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean cuisines.
If you arenâ€™t a veggie fan head to American barbecue joint BBQ Shack located within the Worldâ€™s End pub in Brighton. Make sure to roll up your sleeves, as the speciality here is slow-smoked ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.
Whether youâ€™re here for a weekend away with the girls or a trip with the whole family youâ€™re sure not to get bored. Brighton is one of the hottest UK destinations right now, and with everything there is to do we can see why!