If you are attending Brighton SEO at the Brighton Centre this September why not consider extending your stay so that you can enjoy everything the city has to offer. Here are our Top 5 things you really should see and do whilst you are here.
Top 5 Attractions
No trip to Brighton is complete without a visit to the city’s fascinating historic Royal Pavilion. An exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.
Take a flight to the skies on the British Airways i360 and see Sussex as you have never seen it before. Glide up slowly to 450 feet high to enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 26 miles from the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye.
At 1,722 ft long and acknowledged as the finest pier ever built, Brighton Pier (a Grade 2* listed building) now offers all the swagger and style of tradition balanced with the pace and excitement of today. Enjoy various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions and Palace of Fun arcade.
Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion garden, at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Its diverse collections bring together the arts and history to tell stories about the city and the world we live in. Visit temporary exhibitions as well as permanent galleries including fine art, fashion and pottery.
Top 5 Shopping Areas
If you’re looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, Brighton Lanes offer a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, Brighton Lanes’ historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways, twittens and catcreeps offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion.
Oozing retro chic, the Brighton North Laine shopping area is a bohemian bustle of criss-cross streets in the heart of the cultural quarter of the city. Home to over 300 unique shops in less than half a square mile the Brighton North Laine area boasts the largest selection of independent retailers on the South Coast.
An innovative and modern shopping centre; Churchill Square Brighton offers the very best in high street shopping. Look out for Zara, Berksha and Pull & Bear as well as top department stores Next and Debenhams, Churchill Square Brighton has everything you need for a successful shopping trip! Located in the heart of Brighton only a 10 minute walk from the station and a 5 minute walk from the beach, Churchill Square Shopping Centre has over 80 shops, restaurants and cafés all under one roof.
The Creative quarter of Brighton beach, offers the perfect way to combine sun, sea & shopping. The West Pier arches are a range of unique retail outlets selling designer gifts & homeware, children’s clothing, photographic prints, frames & books, plus a hairdresser & beauty salon. The Fishing Quarter & the Artists’ Quarter. A great place to browse & buy local art & souvenirs, the Artists’ Quarter contains a range of studios, (formerly fisherman’s arches) from which artists sell their work direct to the public.
Located just north of the city centre, London Road boasts a vibrant retail history. Filled with a mix of specialist & independent businesses, the area has become a hive of new activity with its recent regeneration & re-opening of the Open Market, Brighton’s only covered market destination.
Top 5 Cultural Things to Do
Brighton Museum houses one of the most important and eclectic collections outside national institutions. Dynamic and innovative galleries – including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and fine art – feature exciting interactive displays appealing to all ages. In addition to the permanent galleries, there is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions.
Theatre Royal Brighton is one of the oldest and most distinguished theatres in the country. The auditorium of the grade II listed building, which is located at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, represents an example of the finest regency architecture. The theatre has presented professional productions continuously since 1807 and most of our leading actors and actresses have performed here.
There’s a fantastic range of guided walking tours in & around Brighton & Hove. From heritage & culture to spooky tales and the downright quirky, they’re a great way to explore the very best the city has to offer.
From foodie to ghosts, Brighton & Hove has a diverse range of privately run walking tours to choose from. Several tours include walks in the surrounding countryside as well as the city centre.
Brighton’s premier live entertainment venue Komedia is one of the largest, most diverse arts and entertainment programmes in the UK. Every year we put on around 700 performances of comedy, music, cabaret and kids shows. We’re also home to several of Brighton’s most popular club nights. Award winning comedy with top UK and international comedians. Up to 5 shows per weekend.
Proud Cabaret Brighton is brought to you by the team behind London’s Proud venues. Formerly the Hanbury Ballroom, Proud have re-opened this historic venue as a retro supper club with our luxury 3 course menu and an unrivalled burlesque, cabaret and music entertainment programme.
Top 5 Places to Eat
There are hundreds of places to eat in Brighton; in fact the city was named the top destination for restaurants and bars by readers of Conde Nast. From veggie treats & beachfront brunches to fine dining & tasty value options, Brighton is bursting at the seams with every type of international cuisine on the menu.
Sit back in the Victoria Lounge, Bar & Terrace and watch the Brighton parade swish by. Afternoon Sussex Cream Teas at The Grand, Brighton are rumoured to be the best in the country. An afternoon tea at The Grand begins with a selection of hand cut sandwiches, a pot of The Grand’s own blended tea or a choice of world renowned blends and infusions. Warm scones arrive next with strawberry preserves and West Country clotted cream. Then there’s the final course, the piece de resistance, a selection of homemade cakes.
Award winning local restaurant, bib gourmand and voted best for Vegetarian in UK – observer food awards 2008, offering fantastically versatile menus from quirky sharing plates to multicourse set menus. Terre a Terre is renowned for its personal yet professional service and providing an outstanding organic wine, beer and spirits list. A dining experience you will want to repeat time after time!
SILO is a Pre-industrial food system that generates zero material waste. We’re a Restaurant / Bakery / Brewery / Coffee House in the North Laine of Brighton where we believe in food purity, relying on natural farming systems to determine what we cook and how we cook. Silo demonstrates conscious cooking whilst making nutritious, creative and delicious food at true cost. Our menus are designed around a local abundance using only ingredients that are available, plentiful and ethically sourced.
Classic seafood dishes made from the freshest ingredients, marble topped tables, candelabra, chandeliers, and friendly, knowledgeable service: Since opening in 2006 – Riddle & Finns is a must go destination for seafood afficiandos. Our open kitchen means you can enjoy watching your food being prepared, and for alfresco diners, there’s an outside table right in front of the main kitchen.
The Chilli Pickle’s award winning menu is a taste of India’s many regions and cuisines offering something that is authentic in flavour and method yet tweaked to their own style. The menu is ever evolving as they work to match seasonal produce with their passion to create new dishes and rework old favourites. Their sourcing is thoughtful and sustainable; they work with local farmers and fishermen who are passionate about their produce.
Top 5 Activities
Yellowave Beach Sports provides Brighton & Hove with its very own sandy beach.
The venue offers 6 beach volleyball courts all available to hire by the hour. There’s also a lovely light and airy cafe and outside deck, a free sandy play area for tots and the gorgeous Clubhouse room.
Explore the beautiful sights of city on this leisurely ‘Grand Brighton bike tour’. Follow your local guide along bike-friendly paths as you cruise by famous attractions like Royal Pavilion Palace, Brighton Seafront, The city’s largest park, and Sussex’s most haunted house. Learn about the often eccentric history of this bohemian city on an easy 2.5 hour ride. Choose from a morning (10:30am) or afternoon (2:30pm) tour to suit your sightseeing schedule.
Hove Lagoon Watersports is one of the country’s premier watersports centres offering windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding tuition and hire. Activities are available to adults, kids and groups (Corporate, stag/hen, schools and community) with no previous experience. We provide full tuition, and all specialised equipment, including wetsuits. Activities take place in the safe sheltered waters of the Lagoon and on the sea.
Top of the range facilities and a 30,000+ capacity guarantees an unrivalled atmosphere that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages. The American Express Community Stadium boasts a variety of areas from a dedicated family stand, to a singing section, and everything in between, to provide you with a footballing experience that suits you. If you can’t make a game, go behind the scenes with a stadium tour on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Experience a different flavour of our quirky and spirited city whilst discovering a selection of our favourite foodie Brighton hotspots with a Brighton Food Tour. Go off the beaten track to meet some of Brighton’s most exciting and unusual independent vendors and producers. Hear the stories, passions and politics behind their products and best of all, try some tasty samples…
Top 5 Things to Do Beyond Brighton
Hop on a bus or train and visit the county town of Lewes. Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and is steeped in history. Take a walk down the cobbled streets and over the river and visit one of the famous landmarks including Lewes Castle, Anne of Cleves House, Lewes Priory and Harvey’s Brewery. There are plenty of independent shops, antique emporiums, art galleries and pubs and cafes.
A trip to Arundel, with its magnificent Castle situated in grounds overlooking the River Arun is a great day out. Built at the end of the 11th century by the Earl of Arundel, it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and Earls of Arundel for over seven hundred years. In 1643, during the Civil War, the original castle was very badly damaged and it was later restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Why not visit the beautiful and stunning Wakehurst Place (“Kew in the Country”), with its 180 acres of magnificent landscape, fascinating gardens and outstanding collection of exotic plants. Set around an imposing Elizabethan mansion, Wakehurst Place Estate combines exotic and native plantings in a beautiful woodland setting, with extensive water gardens, walled cottage gardens and is rich in native wildlife. Its tree collections are arranged into geographic areas, with the concept of a walk through the temperate woodlands of the world!
The county of Sussex is home to the largest number of vineyards in the country and the sparkling wine that is being produced is starting to rival Champagne! Visiting vineyards makes for a great day out as they are only moments from the centre but the tranquil settings make for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. And you get to try some delicious drinks.
Visitors never forget their first breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for almost 900 years. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, special events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again!
For all things Brighton see www.visitbrighton.com. Don’t forget to download your free Brighton app. See https://www.visitbrighton.com/apps for details.