Brighton is a popular day trip from London. You can get a feel for this charming seaside town in 24 hours. The town is quite compact and most of it can be explored on foot. Add another day and you will be able to explore the lovely South Downs or visit some English wineries. This guide focuses on giving you literally a taste of Brighton and Hove and visiting some of their key attractions.
Start your day trip in Brighton with brunch and fantastic coffee in the Lanes. Head to Grow 40 for a great big breakfast menu and some great coffee. Post breakfast follow the Brighton Tourism Guide to the top 10 pieces of street art for some photo opportunities.
Then head to the gorgeous Royal Pavilion – this building looks like it has been dropped into Brighton from the Middle East. It took famous architect John Nash 8 years to make this extraordinary building for King George VI – a huge fan of Brighton.
Tip: Head to the garden of the Royal Pavilion to get the best photos of this stunning site.
Next door to the Pavilion is the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Drop in and see the latest exhibit and don’t miss the fantastic gift shop.
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Hire a bike and ride west along the foreshore to Rottingdean, Rudyard Kipling’s hometown. Grab a fish and chip lunch at Smugglers and take it down to the beach for the quintessential British fish and chips seaside experience.
Ride back to Brighton and drop off the bike – it’s time for some shopping in The Lanes. If you like exploring don’t miss Snooper’s Paradise – you could easily lose time in this gigantic store dedicated to all things vintage. If you are after a unique fragrance head to Pecksniffs, one of the last British fragrance houses left. For those with a sweet tooth don’t miss the wonderfully named ChoccyWoccyDoodah.
Tip: If you are a keen shopper miss out the rest stop coming up next and head to Church Street in Hove for even more unique and interesting stores.
Grab the late afternoon light down at the Brighton Pier. Hire a deck chair and sit on the pebbly beach and have a little rest. Once you have regained your energy head down the rather loud Pier and enjoy some cotton candy and maybe a ride or two.
Tip: Make sure you have shoes for the beach – the pebbles are not kind to naked toes.
Tip: For the quintessential Brighton Pier photo make sure you use one of the stands with painted images where you can insert your own head for photo fun.
Head to the British Airways i360 for some early evening stunning views of Brighton and the English Channel. This glass pod will take you 450 feet into the air and provides 360 degree views. From the creators of the London Eye.
It’s back into the Lanes next to The Office Bar to try one of their 40 Gins. Then finish up at the hottest new restaurant in Brighton Pascere for a sharing modern cuisine type dinner. If it is a nice evening definitely book to sit outside. I recommend ordering from the small plates menu and don’t miss the crab tarts.