In no particular order, we've collected Brighton's biggest attractions and must-see sights. We've tried to cover all tastes in our list, but do check out the rest of our listings above, or to the right, if there is something in particular you want!

Brighton Seafront

There are nearly 11km of beaches lining the southern edge of Brighton, all packed with activities and entertainment including the pier, i360 and a tiny electric train (see below). Brighton's varied and exciting seafront also boasts two crazy golf courses, huge lawns, BBQ spots, beach huts, penny arcades, ice cream and, of course, plenty of space to lounge on the beach or have a dip in the sea!

Even if the weather doesn't hold out, there's still plenty to do. Check out the rest of our guides on the right!

The Royal Pavilion

Sitting in the middle of Brighton, the Royal Pavilion and surrounding grounds (which include Brighton Museum & Art Gallery) were designed as an opulent pleasure palace for the Prince Regent in the early 19th century.

The Pavilion's huge dome is an iconic feature of the Brighton skyline. The inside is just as impressive: look out for the oriental dragon sculptures in the banqueting room, and the spectacular music room, which is designed to feel like the inside of a luxurious tent. In his prime, the prince used to line up a selection of bobble headed dolls, tap their heads, and see if he could run down the corridor and back before the first one stopped moving (he stopped this in later life, as he started to get quite large!)

Brighton Pier & i360

We used to have the Brighton Wheel, but it has now made way for the much taller i360 observation tower.

Take a leisurely ride up the i360 tower and, thanks to the strict height limit on buildings in Brighton, you'll get a panoramic view of the whole city, rising up into the Downs to the north. Definitely a good way to get your bearings and find out where everything is!

The pier is the focal point of the seafront and contains multiple arcades, plenty of places to eat and a funfair at the end. In summer, buy an all-day wristband to get unlimited access to the fairground rides and save a lot of money!

North Laine & The Lanes

The word 'laine' means an area of land on the Downs, so the North Laine is actually a set of lanes built in a laine, north of the city centre!

More importantly, the North Laine area is full of bespoke, independent and often bohemian stores and places to eat. You can find a huge variety of specialist shops here, selling everything from comic books to incense to homeware to Native American jewellery.

The Lanes, on the other side of the city centre (sometimes called the South Lanes, to confuse things even more!), are best known for their wide array of restaurants, from Japanese to vegan!

Brighton Pride

One of the biggest and events on Brighton's calendar celebrating the laid back, free thinking, liberal atmosphere that we're pretty proud of here in Brighton! The whole Pride weekend will be a (often literal) rainbow of floats, concerts and parties.

Tickets and places for this weekend disappear quickly, so if you're keen to join the festivities, make a friend here in Brighton, or check out our accommodations or hotels pages!

You don't have to be part of the LGBT+ community to attend this event - everyone is welcome!

If you have pictures from past Pride events that you're happy for us to use above, please do send them in!

Brighton Museum & Art

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is located in the Pavilion Gardens and covers multiple galleries across the Pavilion estate.
The gallery always has a great selection of historical and contemporary exhibitions, often with one or two Brighton specific exhibits, showing off Brightonian culture or history.

The cafe is also a great place to sit and work, or just relax with a cake, whether you're visiting the museum or not!
If you're looking for smaller art exhibitions, you can find them on our site, here!

The Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal is just round the corner from the Pavilion and surrounded by restaurants and cocktail bars, making it perfectly located to kick off a night out, or round off a day in the town.
The theatre is a huge, grade II listed building built in the 1850s and shows or tours run every night.
If you get a chance to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show here when it comes around (which is most years) - snap those tickets up, because they sell out fast (drag not compulsory - though definitely not discouraged)!
We've got theatre listings here too.

Volk's Electric Railway

The world's oldest (still operating) electric railway - you can ride from the aquarium to the marina in only 15 minutes!

The train runs all the way along the eastern side of the beach, with a great view of the sea for the whole journey.
Originally, the trains ran on long-legged stilts out in the sea, but it turns out that it was quite difficult to keep it balanced!

Brighton Sea-Life

With rock-pools, rays and a solid glass tunnel running through the shark exhibit, Brighton Sea-Life has a lot going on for quite a small building. If you want to get closer to the sharks, you can also climb into a glass bottom boat to look down on them, or grab some change and play on the Victorian arcade machines!

Devil's Dyke & The South Downs

Devil's Dyke is an amazing landscape of rolling hills, which you can walk to if you're feeling up to the 5 miles, but there are also plenty of buses and car parks dotted around on the outskirts of Brighton.

You can also go up to Ditchling Beacon and look out over the downs from it's highest local point!
Check out all of the parks and walks available in Brighton here and here.

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