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The Brighton Palace Pier is probably the most iconic sight on the Brighton seafront. It is full of excitement and fun things to do!
It is definitely worth spending some time at the Brighton Palace Pier when you’re wandering along the seafront.
This post will give you the five best things to do on the Brighton Palace Pier. You’ll be amazed at how many things you’re able to do on a single pier! You really won’t want to miss it.
1. Play an Arcade Game or Slot Machine
The big building near the front of the Brighton Palace Pier is the first image that comes to mind when most people think of the Brighton seafront.
But little do you suspect that it houses a fairly large arcade! People of all ages are able to try their hand at a series of arcade games in order to win tickets and get a prize. There are tons of games to choose from, and there is bound to be a game for everybody.
You can convert your bills to coins in the arcade, so you don’t need to worry about lugging your change all the way to the Brighton Palace Pier! They also provide you with a cup to hold you change. They really think of everything to make your time more enjoyable (and for you to spend more money there).
It is a really fun idea, and it is often quite busy. I would recommend getting to the pier earlier in the day if you intend to spend a while playing the arcade games. You can definitely end up spending a few hours in there if you get caught up playing the games.
At the end of the building, there is a small room on the right-hand side that houses a number of slot machines. Adults are the only people allowed to play the slot machines for obvious reasons.
The arcade games and slot machines is a great way to start your time on the pier. They are super fun and getting you in the mood for the rest of the activities the Brighton Palace Pier has to offer. You may think that you’re too old to be playing arcade games, but I promise that you will have more fun than you expected!
2. Indulge in Some Ice Cream
There are a lot of different food options available on the pier. You can easily spend hours moving from one food stall to the next and trying out all the food. Your stomach may not like you at the end of that adventure though.
I suggest not expanding your stomach by eating everything on the pier because there are a lot of other food options on the seafront. But you should try out some food options.
Ice cream is a great option! I mean what is a more iconic food to be eating while walking along a pier?
The ice cream in Brighton is made with milk from the UK, and it is creamy and delicious. You won’t want to miss out on indulging in a scoop or two while exploring the Brighton Palace Pier.
There are a number of unique flavours along the pier, and you should definitely check them a try. You won’t regret it!
3. Go on a Ride or Two
The end of the Brighton Palace Pier is home to a small amusement park. It has a number of the classic rides including bumper cars, a roller coaster, a water log ride, and a number of other attractions.
You can purchase tickets individually or get a wristband that gives you unlimited rides. Each ride costs between £3 and £5, which is a lot of money! I personally think the individual tickets are overpriced.
There are two options for purchasing a wristband. You can purchase it on the pier, or you can purchase it in advance online.
There are two types of wristbands as well. One for people 0.9m to 1.2m tall. This wristband gives you access to all the rides that have a height requirement of 1.2m or under. The rides in this category are the “kiddie” rides.
The other wristband option is for people who are taller than 1.2m, and it gives you access to every ride in the park.
The wristband for shorter people costs £13, and the wristband for taller people costs £22.50. These are the prices for when you purchase the wristband on the Brighton Palace Pier.
You often receive a discount if you purchase your tickets online in advance. Sometimes you can get a discount of up to 25% off. If you know that you will be riding rides while on the pier, you should look into purchasing tickets online in advance.
You can purchase tickets on the Brighton Palace Pier website.
All of the rides are outside. This means they are weather-dependant. They can be closed down due to rain, wind, and other weather conditions. It is best to check the forecast in advance to make sure you go on a nice day if you plan on riding the rides.
4. Have Afternoon Tea
What is better than having afternoon tea in Brighton on the pier overlooking the water? Not a lot I would say.
There is a restaurant just outside the arcade where you are able to enjoy an afternoon tea. You can have the traditional afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches, and sweets, or you can get the deluxe tea. The deluxe tea includes a glass of champagne, which is quite nice.
You don’t need to make reservations in advance. You can just show up and walk in. It is a really fun way to participate in a bit of British culture while soaking in a great view.
The tea was reasonably priced as well! In September of 2019, it was £22.50 for the standard tea and £25 for the deluxe tea. Those are great prices!
Afternoon tea is a really fun way to pass an hour or so while exploring the Brighton Palace Pier. It is certainly something to consider doing while you’re there!
5. Peer Through a Telescope
You can pop some coins into a telescope along the pier and enjoy looking at a magnified view of your surroundings. You can look back at the seafront or try to spot some marine life in the water.
This may not sound like the most exciting things to do on the Brighton Palace Pier, but it is more fun that it seems. It is an inexpensive way to get a closer look at your surroundings. Plus you never know what you’ll end up seeing.
This is a great activity for children. They’ll have so much fun looking around and finding different things to see. It is also quite fun for adults as well. I always enjoy using the telescopes when I’m at sights to get a better look around.
You can see things you aren’t able to see with your naked eye, and you get a better appreciation for the place you’re in. You really can’t go wrong with this activity!
Final Thoughts on the Brighton Palace Pier
The Brighton Palace Pier is without a doubt a must-see sight in Brighton. It is an iconic part of Brighton and has so much more to offer than you would think. I honestly had no idea you could do these things until I got to the pier and started walking around.
The Brighton Palace Pier is so much more than the average pier, and the activities you’re able to do there prove it. People of all ages can find something that interests them.
The entire pier is built around having fun and enjoying all the pier has to offer. It is impossible not to make amazing, life-long memories on the Brighton Palace Pier.
You’ll want to take lots of pictures to preserve your memories and relive them for the years to come!