In a Nutshell
Sometimes, all you need to escape on a break to the seaside. For these times, Brighton is the perfect destination to visitBrighton attracts over 8.5 million visitors each year, and it is understandable to see why. This beautiful seaside town is located only an hour train ride from London, and a 30-minute train from Gatwick airport. Whether you are browsing for things to do, hotels or places to eat and drink, this breaks.com guide will help you finding the best places in Brighton.
Things to see and do:
- Visit the Royal Pavilion. This building was built as a ‘pleasure palace’ for King Geoge IV, and served as a hospital in the First World War. A place so rich in history, and gorgeous Indian architecture. You can walk around the gardens and enjoy the view of the Pavilion from the Tea Room opposite. Or you can go for the full tour, you can pre-book tickets here.
- Have a stroll over the Brighton Pier. There is always something fun going on at the Pier. Arcade games, hen parties and stag do’s: it is always busy. Walk all the way down the pier and view Brighton from the water, but make sure to get some classic fish & chips served in a newspaper.
- See Brighton from above on the British Airways i360. This is the world’s (!) tallest moving observation tower, and it is even fully equipped with a bar. Opened in 2016, the BA i360 is still very new, and although controversial, it is perfect if you want to get an aerial view of Brighton. With your ticket serving as a proper boarding ticket and luxury looking bar, the experience feels like something very special. Get your tickets here.
- Get cultural and visit the Brighton Museum. With only a 5 minute stroll from the beach, the Brighton Museum is too close to miss on your next break to Brighton. They always have lots of events on, which you can check here.
- Listen to some music at the Brighton Centre. With events on like comedy, music, theatre and exhibitions, there is something fun for all at the Brighton Centre. Find out what’s on here.
- Take a Ghost Walk down The Lanes. Organised every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening for only £8. You will be taken on a scary walk down The Lanes and see Brighton from a different side. Bookings start from 31 January and you can book here.
Where to stay:
There are many available options for your break in Brighton, depending on the area of your stay. You can use our search page if you want to browse or see our top three picks below:
- If you would like do some shopping on your Brighton break, the centrally located Myhotel Brighton is the one to go with. This hotel is decorated in feng shui-style, so expect curved walls and bright colours. Their in-house cocktail bar, Merkaba, is very popular and perfect for an evening drink. Get the best rates here.
- More interested in a sea-side hotel? The Grand is perfect for a relaxing stay. Located a stone’s throw from the beach and a 10 minute walk from The Lanes, The Grand offers everything you would want on your Brighton city break. The hotel has a sauna and beautiful coffee- and cocktail bar, so you will need to push yourself to even leave the hotel. Book your room here.
- The Old Ship Hotel is recorded as Brighton’s first ‘inn’ and dates back to 1559. This hotel has an endless list of interesting visitors including Charles Dickens, Paganini and Prince Regent. Luckily, they have modernised frequently and the hotel rooms are beautiful and comfortable. Equipped with a small gym and beauty centre, this characteristic hotel also offers luxury. Find your room here.
Where to eat and drink:
- If you are looking for a great afternoon tea on your Brighton break, make sure to pop round to The Mock Turtle. They don’t do table bookings and are highly popular, but if you don’t mind queuing it is worth the wait. Beautiful home-made cakes on even more beautiful crockery.
- Isaac At offers fine dining with exclusively locally sourced products. A small restaurant located on the North Laine, that offers a brilliant taster menu. Book a table here
- You know a restaurant is truly good when it is frequented by the locals. The Coal Shed‘s simple decor is a reflection of their take on food: simple ingredients, but of great quality and well cooked. They offer a pre-theatre menu and we can recommend their Sunday Sharing Roasts. Find your table here.