Just in case you skimmed the first part of this post, I just want to reiterate that Brighton is safe.
There aren’t any serious safety concerns you need to be aware of when planning your trip to Brighton.
Taking reasonable safety precautions will be enough!
Brighton Safety Tips
While Brighton is safe, there are still a few safety tips you need to know before you visit the city.
These will ensure you’re safe and prepared in case something does go wrong.
Stay Safe when Swimming
The Brighton seafront is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. If you go to Brighton, there is a 100% chance you’ll be spending a decent amount of your time near the water.
If you choose go into the water, be very careful.
The Brighton seafront is in the heart of the English Channel, and it is more difficult to swim in open waters than it is in the swimming pool.
Only swim in Brighton if you have the proper skills. On top of that, be sure to go swimming during the day when it is busy, and there are other people around.
You’re travelling alone, and you need to make sure there are other people around to see and hear you in case you start having trouble in the water.
If there is one thing that could make me change my mind on the question is Brighton safe or not, it is the swimming. You hear too many horror stories from around the world about people getting caught up in the water and drowning.
It is even scarier if you’re travelling alone and don’t have someone nearby to help you if that happens.
However, as long as you have the skills and swim during the day, you should be fine.
Better yet, stay dry and have a pint along the seafront and people watch. That is definitely more my style!
Speaking of beer, I know it is tempting to enjoy a beer or two in Brighton, but you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to go from a casual beer to being tipsy.
The combination of being active, the heat, and how good a beer tastes along the Brighton seafront can be a dangerous combination.
Especially if you’re a solo female traveller.
I’ve made the mistake of overindulging when travelling before, and it can be extremely dangerous. One of the most dangerous things you can do while travelling whether you’re alone or with a group.
Just like swimming, a seemingly innocent activity like have a few drinks can make a safe city like Brighton turn into a dangerous city.
Plus, I think we all know the UK has a reputation for enjoying the pubs (which is by no means a bad thing!), so it is easier for you to get caught up in it than it may be when you’re at home.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking, but just be sure to enjoy responsibly and remember you’re likely tired and slightly dehydrated, and that impacts your alcohol tolerance.
Be Internet Safe
Being internet safe is often overlooked when people talk about being safe when travelling.
You never think about protecting your devices and online data, but it is one of the most important safety precautions you can take no matter where you travel.
You rely on public wifi when you travel, and that puts your devices (and your personal online information) at risk of being stolen.
And, yes, even if the wifi network has a passcode, it is still a public network because anybody can get the password.
If you leave your devices unprotected, it’s possible that someone will hack into them and steal all your personal information.
Including your banking information.
That’s a nightmare you don’t want to have to deal with then you’re travelling.
Especially when you’re travelling alone and don’t have a companion to borrow money from while you sort out your banking troubles.
The only way you can protect your online information when using public wifi networks is by installing a VPN on your devices.
A VPN essentially puts up a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for a hacker to steal your private information.
It makes using a public wifi network just as safe as using your private wifi at home where you’re the only person who knows the password.
It’s a small but essential safety step to take before you travel.
My Favourite VPN
I’ve used a lot of different VPNs in my many years of travel. To be honest, most of them suck and aren’t worth the money.
They slow your internet down to a snail’s pace, and if you’re like me, you get frustrated with how slow your internet is, and you turn off the VPN leaving yourself exposed to having your online information stolen.
Brighton is hot in the summer, and you’ll be doing a lot of outdoor activities. Even if you don’t swim, kayak, or rent a bike, you’ll be walking a lot.
That means you’re at serious risk of becoming dehydrated, which is no fun when you’re travelling!
Be sure to drink a ton of water when in Brighton.
Drink water before you leave, at every meal, and rehydrate when you get back to your hotel in the evening.
There is no such thing as too much water!
If you become dehydrated, you won’t be able to enjoy your solo trip to Brighton. You’ll be lethargic, potentially get heat stroke, and can even start feeling dizzy and lightheaded if it gets bad enough.
Dehydration is one of the things that can change the answer to the question is Brighton safe for solo travellers from a yes to a no.
The good thing though is that it is 100% within your control.
You can regulate how much water you drink and ensure you don’t get dehydrated. And if you ever start feeling thirsty, stop at a convenience store and buy a bottle of water.
I know plastic bottles are bad for the environment, but if it is a choice between a plastic water bottle and you becoming dehydrated, it is better to bite the bullet and buy a water bottle.
You can make up for it by picking up some of the trash along the beach later on!
Double Check Before Crossing the Street
For many people (me included) the cars in Brighton drive on the opposite side of the street than you’re used to.
I’ve seen way too many tourists almost be hit by cars in the UK because they looked the wrong way before crossing the street.
I don’t want that to happen to you!
Be sure to always look both ways before crossing the street and do a double check before stepping out into traffic.
Even if you’ve been to the UK before and are confident in your ability to look the right way before crossing the street, look both ways anyways.
All it takes is for you to slip back into your old habits, and you’re hit by a car you didn’t see.
Brighton is an amazing city in the south-east of the United Kingdom. It has a wonderful seafront and one of the coolest royal sights I’ve ever seen- the Royal Pavilion. It is so easy to get from London to Brighton and from Brighton to London that there is no excuse not to go!
Whether you take a day trip from London to Brighton or spend a few days relaxing in the city, you’ll have to get back to London at some point.
This post will help yo decide how best to get from Brighton to London. It covers all the major transportation methods, so you can pick your own route from Brighton to London.
I’m not going to cover cycling because so few people would choose that route, but it is a possibility. It is approximately 75km from Brighton to London, so a fit, cycling enthusiast could make that journey. But, let’s be honest, most of us aren’t that fit.
This post covers the three major transportation options: train, bus, and car. It gives you all the information you need to choose how you want to get from Brighton to London.
Option One: Taking the Train from Brighton to London
This is by far the most popular way to get between the two cities. It is quick and convenient, so it is perfect for every kind of traveller. The train is also the fastest way to get from Brighton to London.
The train covers approximately 90km, but it doesn’t need to compete with traffic. This means it is nearly always on time, and the trip only takes about an hour and a half!
The Southern and Thameslink operate trains from Brighton to London. These are two of the main train operators in the United Kingdom and are very reliable. They normally depart and arrive on time with very minor delays if any.
The main difference between the two train companies is that Thameslink does not have dedicated luggage storage at the front of the cars and The Southern does. This isn’t normally an issue for people but can cause a few issues if the train is very busy.
If you take a Thameslink train, you either need to be strong enough to lift your luggage overhead onto the racks above the seats or stand near the door with your luggage.
Standing isn’t too big of an issue because it is such a short journey, but it is always nice to have a seat and rest your feet for a while.
Where to Trains Depart From in Brighton?
Trains from Brighton to London depart from Brighton Station. It is the only train station in Brighton and really easy to find!
If you’re near the Brighton seafront, the Lanes, or the Royal Pavilion, you simply walk up Queens Street (one of the major streets in Brighton) until you get to the station. You don’t need to worry about turning onto another street once you’re on Queens Street.
This makes it super easy to get from anywhere in central Brighton to Brighton Station. I promise it is very difficult to get lost. If you do manage to get lost, keep walking up away from the water, and you should eventually come across street signs pointing you towards the station.
Where do Trains Arrive At in London?
Obviously London is far larger than Brighton and has many more train stations. This means you have the opportunity to decide what major London train station you get off at.
The London stations you can get off at are:
King’s Cross/St. Pancras Station
You can also get off the train at Gatwick Airport, which is a huge plus! You don’t even need to transfer. The journey to Gatwick Airport takes approximately 45-50 minutes, so it is very quick!
A station you can walk to your accommodation from or
A station where a nearby Underground station has a line that goes to your accommodation without needing to transfer
By getting off at a station that is either near your accommodation or has a direct Underground line to your station, it will be very easy for your to get to your next accommodation.
For example, if you’re staying in Earl’s Court (my favourite area to stay in London), you will probably want to get off at King’s Cross/St. Pancras because the Piccadilly line is right there.
If you’re staying in The City (the one mile radius of central London), you’ll want to get off at London Victoria because you can most likely easily walk to your accommodation.
Be sure to do a little research before you purchase your train ticket to figure out what London station you should get off at.
Everything You Need to Know About Train Tickets
There are so many different different trains you can take and websites online trying to sell you train tickets that it can be a bit confusing.
I know I’ve fallen victim to a third-party site selling train tickets at an inflated price. These websites look like they’re legitimately a website for the train company, but they aren’t. They charge you an inflated ticket price and a booking fee.
It is really easy to get confused and spend too much money on a ticket by booking through sites like these.
Where Should You Purchase Tickets From?
There are a number of places you can purchase tickets from and get a fair price:
You may still have to pay a booking fee if you purchase your ticket online, but at least you know you aren’t overpaying for the ticket itself.
When it comes to purchasing tickets in person at Brighton Station, you can either purchase them at a ticket counter or at a ticket machine. Both options are convenient, easy to use, and normally pretty quick. There may be a short queue during peak hours, but they move pretty quickly.
If you’re purchasing your tickets at the machine, remember these helpful tips:
Not all machines accept cash. Make you go to a machine that accepts cash if you don’t want to use your credit card.
Double check whether you’re purchasing the correct ticket type. I was in a rush last time I purchased a ticket from Brighton to London and ended up purchasing a same-day return rather than a one-way ticket.
Types of Tickets
There are variety of different types of tickets you can purchase. Most of them are generic anytime, peak, or off-peak tickets that allow you to get on any train from Brighton to London within a given time period.
Peak hours are when the train is expected to be busiest, and you need an anytime ticket to ride them. Off-peak hours, on the other hand, are sold when the trains are pretty quiet and are less expensive.
There are also super off-peak tickets that are sold for either quite late at night or very early in the morning. These tickets are very inexpensive and great for people who tend to be awake outside of standard human hours.
When you purchase tickets online, you normally have to choose a specific departure time. However, when you pick up your tickets at Brighton Station, it normally says either off-peak or anytime on the bottom right-hand corner.
You can hop on any train that matches that description even if it is a bit earlier or later than the train you booked.
Overall, the types of tickets you can purchase for your journey from Brighton to London are pretty straightforward. You can get on any off-peak train if you have an off-peak ticket and on any train if you have a anytime ticket.
Price of a Ticket from Brighton to London
There is a large variance between how much tickets can cost. It depends on what type of ticket you purchase, the day of the week you’re travelling, and the time of year.
Typically, weekend trains in the middle of summer departing during peak hours are going to be the most expensive. Weekday trains leaving at off-peak hours during the off-season/shoulder season are going to be less expensive and super off-peak trains will be the cheapest.
Whether you purchase a single journey ticket or round-trip ticket will also impact the cost. You tend to get a bit of a deal if you purchase a round-trip ticket versus purchasing two single journey tickets.
For a general approximation of how much tickets can cost (please don’t quote me on this!), tickets from Brighton to London can cost anywhere between £5 and £25.
Can You Use Your Oyster Card to Travel from Brighton to London?
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Oyster card while travelling from Brighton to London. It would be very convenient if you could, but Brighton is outside the Oyster card fare zone.
Do You Need to Purchase Tickets in Advance
I don’t think you necessarily need to purchase tickets in advance. You can easily show up at Brighton Station when you want to leave, purchase a ticket, and hop on the next train.
Of course this may not work in the peak of summer, and you may need to purchase tickets in advance during that time of year.
But, in general, you don’t need to worry about purchasing tickets in advance. You can purchase tickets in advance if they make you feel more secure, but it isn’t mandatory.
Advantages to Taking the Train from Brighton to London
There are a number of advantages to taking the train from Brighton to London. Here are a few advantages to help you decide whether taking the train is the right transportation method for you:
It is reliable and rarely runs behind schedule
You can be flexible and hop on whatever train works best for you
The trains are spacious and clean
You can get off at multiple station in London
Disadvantages to Taking the Train from Brighton to London
There aren’t many, but there are a few disadvantages to taking the train between the two cities:
There isn’t always dedicated luggage space
The trains can be busy, and you might have to stand
The price of the ticket is mid-range. It is cheaper than taking a car but more expensive than taking the bus so may not be the best option for budget travellers
Option Two: Taking the Bus from Brighton to London
The National Express runs buses from Brighton to London. They depart from the Brighton Coach Station and arrive at London Victoria.
The bus is less expensive than the train, but the journey normally takes at least an hour longer. Most buses between Brighton and London take 2.5 to 3 hours, but if you’re not in a hurry, buses are a great option!
Buses have dedicated luggage space under the bus, so you don’t have to worry about wrangling your luggage like you do on the train. You simply give your luggage to the driver when you’re boarding and forget about it until you arrive in London.
Buses depart from Brighton to London every 30 minutes (less often during the middle of the night). You shouldn’t have a problem finding a bus that departs for London that fits your schedule.
Where do Buses Depart from in Brighton?
Buses depart from the Brighton Coach Station. The coach station is located near the Brighton seafront so don’t go to the train station thinking you’ll catch a bus there!
The coach station is located on Pool Valley just off of Grand Junction Road (the main road running east to west near the seafront). It is a two-minute walk from the Brighton Pier towards the Royal Pavilion.
Use those landmarks as a guide, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the Brighton Coach Station.
Where do Buses Arrive at in London?
Buses arrive at London Victoria. London Victoria is the main bus station in central London as well as a major underground station.
No matter where in London you’re staying, it will be fairly easy for you to get from London Victoria to your accommodation. Whether you walk, take a city bus, or ride the underground, you should have a fairly direct route that doesn’t require many, if any, transfers.
Because London Victoria is a large bus station, it can be easy to get turned around and get a bit lost. Make sure you follow the signs inside the station, so you get where you want to go.
There are signs that point you towards the underground and local buses as well as maps on the wall of central London to refer to if you’re walking to your accommodation.
Everything You Need to Know About Tickets
The National Express is the only bus company operating buses from Brighton to London, so it is pretty easy to navigate purchasing a bus ticket.
Where Should You Purchase Tickets From?
There are two ways you can purchase bus tickets from Brighton to London: online or in person at the station.
Purchasing tickets online is a great option during peak season because it ensures you have your ticket and don’t risk missing the bus you want. You can purchase your tickets online quite easily.
If you purchase your ticket online, you will need to show the ticket to the driver when you board the bus. You can either print out the ticket or load it on your smartphone to show your driver.
Screenshots of the ticket are not accepted. You need to be able to pull up the reservation and show them the full ticket they sent you. You’ll need internet access to do that, so you may want to load it at your accommodation or a cafe before you head to the bus station.
Please note there is a small service fee if you purchase your ticket online.
You can also purchase your tickets at the station either with a representative or directly from the driver. This is a great option for spontaneous travellers who want to have the flexibility to head from Brighton to London whenever they feel like it.
The downside of purchasing your ticket at the station is that you may not be able to get on the exact bus you want to. This is especially true on the weekends during peak season.
You may have to wait for the next bus for there to be room for you. This isn’t too bad considering buses travel every thirty or so minutes and the bus station is close to the seafront and lots of cafes.
Price of a Bus Ticket from Brighton to London
The good news is that bus tickets from Brighton to London are very affordable even if you purchase them last minute!
Tickets range from £2.50 to £5! That is a really good price for a train within the United Kingdom! The more expensive tickets tend to run during peak hours and the less expensive tickets are normally for buses leaving during off-peak times.
Advantages of Taking the Bus from Brighton to London
There are a number of advantages of taking the bus from Brighton to London:
It is the least expensive way to travel between Brighton and London
Your luggage is underneath the bus, so you don’t need to worry about lifting it overhead or standing because there is no where to store it
You won’t ever have to stand because they don’t oversell buses
The seats are comfortable
Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Brighton to London
Similar to taking the train, there are a number of disadvantages of taking the bus from Brighton to London:
The bus takes longer than any other method of transportation
Your journey could take longer than expected if there is a traffic delay
It is not as accessible as the train, and people living with disabilities may have more of a struggle boarding and alighting the bus versus the train
Option Three: Driving from Brighton to London
The third option you have is renting a car and driving from Brighton to London.
The drive takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. This is, of course, dependant on traffic and what route you decide to take. There is a main highway from Brighton to London, so it is fairly easy to drive between the two cities.
There are a number of logistical things that need to be considered before deciding to drive from Brighton to London:
The Price of a Rental Car and Gas
You need to consider whether it is worth spending the money renting a car versus taking the train or the bus. This will depend a lot on your entire travel plans.
If you’re doing a multi-week driving tour through the United Kingdom and going to rural areas that are difficult to access via public transportation, then a car may be worth the additional price.
However, if you’re just driving from Brighton to London and nowhere else, a rental car probably isn’t worth the additional cost.
Driving on the Left-Hand Side of the Road
People in the United Kingdom drive on the left-hand side of the road. It can be difficult for people from countries that drive on the right-hand side of the road to adjust to it.
Be sure you’re comfortable and confident driving on the left-hand side of the road before you consider renting a car and driving from Brighton to London.
Pro Tip: It is always easier to adjust to driving on the left-hand side of the road if you have a passenger. The passenger can help you read signs and let you know if you’re getting too close to the curb on their side of the car.
Advantages of Driving from Brighton to London
As with the other methods of transportation, there are a number of advantages of driving from Brighton to London:
You have complete freedom. You’re able to choose when you leave, what route you take, and where exactly you arrive.
It is the quickest way to get from Brighton to London
You’re able to stop and visit other smaller communities during the drive if you want
Disadvantages of Driving from Brighton to London
I personally think driving from Brighton to London has the biggest disadvantages. It may not have the most disadvantages, but the disadvantages it does have are pretty hard to overcome.
It is by far the most expensive way to get from Brighton to London
You have to drive on a side of the road you may not be familiar with
The journey could take longer than anticipated if there is a traffic jam
There is a chance you could get lost. You could take a wrong turn somewhere along the way and have a difficult time finding your way back on track
I always believe you need to choose whatever transportation method works best for you and your style of travel. My preference may not be your preference, and that is okay.
That being said, I personally think the train is the best way to get from Brighton to London. It is very convenient, and I appreciate that there are multiple station is London you can get off at.
My second choice would be the bus with driving my last choice.
I hope this post illustrated that it is easy to get from Brighton to London and that there are multiple different ways you can make the journey.
Each transportation method has its pros and cons, so you’ll need to choose whatever one works best for you. It is hard to go wrong with any option, but I would encourage you to think seriously before you rent a car and drive from Brighton to London.
No matter how you choose to travel between Brighton and London, I hope you’re able to experience everything both cities have to offer! They are both amazing cities and two of my favourite United Kingdom cities.
The Brighton seafront is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brighton. There are so many things to do that you can easily spend a day (or more!) there.
Everybody can find something they enjoying doing on the Brighton seafront. Children and adults alike with all different interests will enjoy their time on the seafront.
This post lists 41 activities you can enjoy, but there is no end to the possibilities! There really is no place like the Brighton seafront so be sure to carve out some time to visit it when you’re in Brighton!
How to Get to the Brighton Seafront
The first thing we need to do is figure out how to get to the seafront. Most tourists who visit Brighton are coming from London and arriving at Brighton Station. No matter where you’re coming from, if you’re arriving by train or bus, you will arrive at the station.
It is incredibly easy to get to the seafront from the station, and I promise that it is nearly impossible for you to get lost!
The train and buses stop at Brighton Station, and, because it is a relatively small station, there is only one entrance and exit. You walk away from the station with your back towards the entrance.
You keep going straight until you get to the Brighton seafront.
That’s right! All you have to do is walk straight down a small hill until you get to the water! I told you you couldn’t get lost.
There is a large shopping centre when you’re nearing the seafront, so be on the lookout for it! You are only a few blocks away from the seafront once you see it.
The entire walk takes about 15 minutes and is less than a mile! It is so easy and convenient to get from Brighton Station to the Brighton seafront.
Things to do on the Brighton Seafront
Now it is time to get into what you’re here for! All the fun things you can do on the Brighton seafront. There is a lot more fun to be had on the seafront than you would expect. I know I was surprised at how much there was to do!
1. Hang Out on the Brighton Palace Pier
The Brighton Palace Pier is undoubtably the most iconic sight along the Brighton seafront. The pier was built in 1899 and is still standing! The pier was widened in the 1920s, but the original structure is still intact.
The Brighton Pier survived both World Wars. During WWI, the sea around the pier was mined extensively, but the pier was not harmed. It was closed during WWII to protect it from being a target and to protect people who might be on it if it were attacked.
The Brighton Palace Pier sees over 4 million tourists a year, which makes it one of the most popular destinations not just on the Brighton seafront but in all of Brighton!
You don’t want to miss the pier when you’re hanging out at the seafront. It is truly an iconic sight!
It also offers a great view looking back on the Brighton seafront. You’re able to see a large portion of the most popular section of the seafront from the end of the pier, and it makes for great pictures.
2. Play Basketball
There is a public basketball court along the promenade along the seafront. It is located close to the pier towards the British Airways i360 (more on that later).
You have to bring your own ball to use the court, or you could just ask to join a game that the locals already have going. There are always people on the court practicing their skills and enjoying the weather.
This is a great way to enjoy the Brighton seafront! You get some exercise, enjoy the weather, and meet some locals. Some of the people who use the court are pretty good, so you may want to brush up on your skills before you go.
3. Read by the Water
This is one of my favourite things to do on the Brighton seafront! It is so relaxing to sit by the water, soaking up the sun, and enjoying a good book! It is difficult to think of a better way to pass some time!
There are beach chairs available along the beach. It is a stone beach, so you will definitely want to use a chair.
Some chairs are already sitting out on the beach ready to be used. There are other chairs available along the beach as well. At various locations along the beach there are big boxes that hold beach chairs.
They are free to use so just grab one and set it up wherever you feel like reading!
You may want to scout out a location that is part way between the water and the promenade. This will give you the best chance of finding a quieter location to read.
The promenade can get noisy, so you’ll want distance yourself a bit from it. The sea, on the other hand, can be a bit noisy itself with people swimming and perhaps children joyfully enjoying the water.
No matter where you choose to set up your chair, you’ll have a lovely time reading on the Brighton seafront.
4. Bike Along the Brighton Seafront
For just £16 you can rent a bike for an entire day! You can also rent a bike for 1, 2, or 3 hours if you don’t want to cycle all day. The cost of each is £6, £9, and £12, respectively. Helmets and locks are included in the price of the rental.
You rent the bike along the Brighton seafront promenade near the pier. The company is called Brighton Beach Bikes. You can also rent tandem bikes, children’s trailers, and child seats.
There are two routes you can take: Rottingdean and the East and Hove Shoreham and Beyond.
The Rottingdean and the East route takes you past the Brighton Marina and takes you all the way to the start of the white cliffs of Dover. The Hove Shoreham and Beyond route takes you through the most popular portion of the Brighton seafront and then onto Millionaires Row where you can see where the rich citizens of Brighton and Hove live.
The bike paths are not very challenging, so people of all fitness levels can participate in them.
There are 10 miles of uninterrupted paths that make biking incredibly simple! You don’t have to worry about whether you’re going the right way or not because the path is continuous the entire way.
Biking is a great way to enjoy the Brighton seafront. You get a little exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights the seafront offers. Biking is especially nice on a warm but overcast day where the sun isn’t beating down on you. You should definitely consider renting a bike as a way to enjoy the Brighton seafront.
If you want to take your biking adventure to the next level, you can take a 30-minutes train ride and arrive at the Seven Sisters trails.
It’s one of the most stunning parts of the UK. Most people walk the Seven Sisters (which is recommended), but you’re also able to bike along the valley floor.
You’re so close to Seven Sisters when visiting Brighton, so you may want to consider visiting them as well. You won’t regret it!
5. Take Pictures of the Brighton Beach Huts
The beach huts are a staple along the Brighton seafront. They are little huts that people own and store their beach items in. The beach huts are in little clusters along the seafront.
They are wooden and are required to be the same colour withe one exception. Owners are allowed to personalize their door. Doors are allowed to be one solid colour or have vertical stripes in multiple colours. The one thing you can count on is that the doors are very colourful and fun to look at.
The beach huts are often passed down from generation to generation, and the owners take a lot of pride in making sure the beach huts are well kept and looking good.
You’ll have so much fun stopping to take pictures of the various beach huts as you stumble upon them as you’re walking along the Brighton seafront.
6. Look for Shells
I remember looking for shells as a child every time I visited a beach. It is an iconic beach activity, and it would be a shame not to partake in it while you’re at the Brighton seafront.
It may be a little more difficult to find and gather the shells because it is a rocky beach, but it is still possible. There are always people looking for shells along the beach or sorting them on the promenade.
Children will love this activity, and it makes for the perfect souvenir. Looking at a shell you found yourself will help you recall the memories you made in Brighton for years to come.
7. If You Can’t Find a Shell, Buy One
There are tons of souvenir stores along the Brighton seafront, and they all sell shells (flashback to learning the sea shell tongue twister!) among other items.
If you can’t find a shell on the beach or don’t want to spend the time looking for shells, then you can buy one.
The souvenir stores all sell similar items at a similar price so pop into whichever store tickles your fancy and purchase the perfect shell.
You can, of course, purchase other souvenirs in these stores. They all carry the standard souvenirs like magnets, shirts, postcards, and shot glasses. The usual touristy stuff.
8. Ride a Rollercoaster
You can ride a rollercoaster on the Brighton seafront! It is located at the vey end of the Brighton pier, so you get a great view while you’re riding it.
The coaster has a loop, so it may not be appropriate for everybody, but if you like coasters, it is a pretty cool one to ride.
There are a number of other rides on the pier as well. You can ride all of your classic favourites. There is a “haunted” house, bumper cars, and a number of kiddy rides for the younger crowd.
Rides cost between £3 and £5, which is quite expensive! You can also purchase a wristband that gives you unlimited rides if you planning on partaking in more than two or three attractions. Wristbands cost £13 for people 1.2m and under and £22.50 for people over 1.2m.
Buying a wristband is definitely the best bang for your buck if you’re interested in riding the rides.
Riding the rollercoaster or any of the other rides makes for a great way to spend some time along the pier. It brings back memories of going to the county fair as a child. Plus you get a great view of the water and the Brighton seafront.
9. Eat Ice Cream Along the Brighton Seafront
What trip to the water is complete without indulging in some ice cream?! There are a number of ice cream shops along the Brighton seafront and the pier.
Most of the ice cream is made with diary source from UK cows, and it is luxuriously creamy. All the classic flavours are available all along the Brighton seafront.
If you’re looking for unique flavours, then Boho Gelato is the place for you! It is located along the Brighton seafront near the aquarium. The shop is very close to the pier and is fairly easy to find.
It offers flavours such as Thai green tea, sour cherry, fig and mascarpone, and passion fruit custard. Boho Gelato is a great place to try out a new flavour of ice cream and enjoy a view of the water.
But, really, any ice cream you choose to indulge in is going to be great! There are so many options that you may have a difficult time choosing what ice cream to try. No matter what you choose, it will be good!
10. Paddle Board
Now that your body is fueled with ice cream, you might want to rent a paddle board and paddle along the water. Paddle boarding is a great way to expend some energy while getting a unique view of the Brighton seafront.
The Sea Lanes is a company that allows you to rent paddle boards right at the Brighton seafront without a prior reservation. You simply head to their shop whenever you feel like going for a paddle and rent a paddle board.
The Sea Lanes is located partway between the Brighton Palace Pier and the Brighton Marina.
To get to the shop, you need to walk away from the pier with the British Airways i360 at your back. Follow the path until you get to the shop! It is as easy as that.
You can rent a paddle board for an hour or for an afternoon. There are no prices listed on the website, so you’ll have to sort that out when you’re renting your board. More information on The Sea Lanes can be found here.
Paddle boarding is a really fun sport! I would highly recommend it to anybody who is looking to spend a few hours out on the water.
11. Buy a Piece of Art Featuring the Brighton Seafront
There are a number of shops that sell artwork along the Brighton seafront. Some shops are dedicated art shops and some shops sell art along with a variety of other items.
There are a variety of different price points from rather inexpensive prints to expensive pieces of original art, so there is something for everybody!
A lot of the art features the Brighton seafront, but there are a few shops that feature a variety of different styles of paintings. The art-specific shops are located very close to the Brighton pier and are on the lower level near the beach.
You can find some really unique pieces of art in these stores. My personal favourite was a painting with a black background featuring a neon cat. Unfortunately, it would have been quite difficult to get back to Canada, so I didn’t purchase it.
If you’re looking for art that specifically features the Brighton seafront, you won’t have to look too hard. You can find prints and small original paintings featuring the seafront in many different shops and stalls along the Brighton seafront.
Most of the shops are located on the lower level near the beach so be sure to head down there if you’re looking for art.
I personally think bringing home a piece of art from your travels is a great souvenir. You can potentially fill an entire house with art from everywhere you’ve been!
Art is a great way to remember your trip. It is often out in the open where you look at it everyday and remember all the fun you had in Brighton and along the seafront.
12. Learn About the History of the Brighton Seafront by Going to the Fishing Museum
The Brighton Fishing Museum is curated and run by the Brighton Seafront Heritage Front. It is a small museum located between the British Airways i360 and the pier. The museum is also located on the lower level by the water.
The museum is free to enter, so there is no excuse not to wander through and check it out!
It is a small museum, but it is packed with information. The museum takes you through the history of Brighton as a small fishing community that was transformed into the tourist destination it is now.
The Brighton Fishing Museum has three sections.
The first is the history section. It is a permanent exhibit where you learn about the history of Brighton.
The second is called “The Gallery”. This is a rotating exhibit that features artwork of the Brighton seafront by local artists.
The final portion of the museum is a sign writing course where you can learn how to create a traditional sign. It is a five-day course, so it probably isn’t suitable for most tourists. It is a really cool idea though!
The museum is open daily from 10:30 to 5. Be sure to check out the Brighton Seafront Heritage Front website for anything else you want to know about the Brighton Fishing Museum.
13. Have a Picnic
Another fun and inexpensive thing to do at the Brighton seafront is to have a picnic! It is the perfect way to relax for a while, refuel the body, and enjoy all the beauty the Brighton seafront has to offer.
There are lots of grassy areas past the British Airways i360. You just walk with your back to the pier and the British Airways i360 for about five minutes, and you will come across them!
There are a lot of grocery stores in Brighton where you can pick up some food to eat at the Brighton seafront. Many stores offer pre-made food that you can grab-and-go. You can also buy some bread and make whatever sandwich suits your fancy.
I love the idea of having a picnic at the Brighton seafront- especially on a really nice day. It is so relaxing to sit around with your travel mates, eat some food, enjoy the sights, and make memories.
14. Feed the Birds
You may as well give the birds a bite to eat as you’re enjoying a picnic at the Brighton seafront.
There are seagulls everywhere along the water, and they would love to get a piece of food from you rather than rummaging for their own.
Please be do not feed the birds bread though. It is bad for their stomach and can ultimately lead to their death. They enjoy popcorn, nuts, and seeds. That is far healthier food for them!
Feeding the birds is another great way to spend some time along the Brighton seafront and make memories. It is also an iconic activity to partake in when walking along any body of water!
15. Play Some Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball, like basketball, is a great way to expend some energy, interact with locals, and have fun along the water! It is another classic beach sport! Lucky for you, the volleyball courts along the Brighton seafront come with their own sand, so you don’t have to play on the rocky beach.
There are two different locations you can play beach volleyball. The first is right next to the basketball court between the British Airways i360 and the Brighton Pier. This location only has one court and is regularly in use.
The second location is further down the seafront in the direction of the Brighton Marina. It is a bit of a walk away from the pier, but it is another option if you’re really interested in playing beach volleyball.
The location closer to the Brighton Maria has multiple different courts, and they aren’t nearly as busy as the main court by the pier. You still get a great view of the Brighton seafront while playing, but you don’t have to worry about it being too busy!
I personally love beach volleyball and think it is a great option for a group looking have some fun in the sun.
16. Eat a Lot of Fresh Seafood
Brighton is right along the water, so it makes sense that they have a strong seafood game. You can’t walk too far along the Brighton seafront without stumbling across someone selling seafood.
There is no shortage to the type of seafood you can find either. Fish, shrimp, and scallops are all available for you to try. It is a great way to try a new type of seafood.
Brighton is a great place for people to try seafood for the first time. It is also a great place for seafood junkies. You know everything you try will be good because it is so fresh! It has never been frozen and is cooked by locals who know how to cook it properly.
The most difficult part of eating seafood at the Brighton seafront is deciding what to get because it all looks so good! You may end up trying it all.
17. Take a Ride of the British Airways i360 to Get a Great View of Brighton and the Seafront
The British Airways i360 is a new addition to the Brighton seafront. It opened in August of 2016 and offers the best views in all of Brighton! It was built with goal of revitalizing the historic West Pier. The attraction saw its 1,000,000th visitor on March 11, 2019!
The British Airways i360 is a 360 degree glass viewing platform that moves up and down a needle-type structure in the middle. It is the largest moving viewing tower in the United Kingdom and was designed to resemble a vertical pier. It is a really unique design!
The “flight” as they call it takes 25 minutes from start to finish. You have access to a bar inside the observation deck, so you can enjoy a drink while taking in the view.
The coolest part of the British Airways i360 is that you are able to walk around the entire observation deck and see the city of Brighton and the Brighton seafront from the sky. It makes for an incredible view!
It is open year-round, but opening hours vary depending on the weather. You’ll have to check the website to see when it is open. It is possible to also just show up when you want to take a flight and see if it is open.
You can purchase tickets in advance or when you arrive at the attraction. You receive a 10% discount if you purchase tickets in advance on the website, so you may want to consider doing that.
There are a number of different ticket options to choose from. You can go on a standard flight or choose to upgrade to a flight that includes a drink or food. Discounts are offered for students, seniors, and local residents.
The British Airways i360 is a must-do activity when visiting the Brighton seafront. It is a unique experience to have on the seafront and is worth the money!
18. Have a Pint and Enjoy a View of the Brighton Seafront
Stopping and having a drink in one of the many restaurants along the Brighton seafront is the perfect way to pass an hour or two. There are plenty of different places to stop for a drink, and many of them have a patio, so you can enjoy a view of the Brighton seafront.
19. Play Arcade Games
You read that right! You can play a large selection of arcade games at the Brighton seafront! The arcade games are located on the Brighton pier inside the first building.
You can find a surprising number of arcade games. There are classic games and newer games, so there is something for everybody!
There are change machines available if you need to break a bill, and they even offer cups, so you don’t have to worry about holding your change as you play games.
The arcade is a really fun feature of the Brighton seafront. It feels very nostalgic and makes you feel like your’e in a different decade. You should make a point to walk through the building even if you don’t plan on playing any games.
20. Play the Slots
If you prefer something with higher stakes than arcade games, you can play the slots. The slot machines are located on the right-hand side at the back of the building that houses the arcade games.
The slots are in a separate room, and you have to be an adult in order to play them. Because, you know, gambling laws. But they are there if you’re looking to do a little gambling while exploring the Brighton seafront.
21. Indulge in Mini Doughnuts
You can add mini doughnuts to your list of foods to eat along the Brighton seafront! The main mini doughnut stand is located at the entrance of the Brighton Palace Pier, and there is a second doughnut stand along the seafront away from the pier towards the British Airways i360.
I didn’t get the chance to try them when I was at the Brighton seafront (I was along and didn’t want to eat an entire bag of mini doughnuts by myself), but I will be indulging next time I’m there with a group of people!
The scent of the mini doughnuts and cinnamon fill the air near the pier, and it is the perfect snack to have after you’ve ridden a few rides and played some arcade games.
22. Explore the Brighton Marina
The Brighton Marina is on the opposite side of the Brighton seafront from the British Airways i360. It is quite a walk away from the pier, but there is a path the entire way.
The marina is where all the yachts and boats are docked, so you can see some fancy boats that you may never be able to afford. There are also restaurants, pubs, shops, and a casino. You can also find a movie theatre and a bowling alley. There are a lot of things to do for people of every age!
The marina is open seven days a week, so you can plan on visiting when other attractions are closed or if the weather is bad. The Brighton Marina website has more information on what you can do there, and there is an offers section where you can potentially get a discount to save some money!
The Brighton Marina was not one of my favourite activities along the Brighton seafront. You may want to do some research to see if it is the right fit for you! Although, it is a great stop to make if you have rented a bike and are peddling along the Brighton seafront rather than walking like I was.
23. Ride Volk’s Electric Railway to See More of the Brighton Seafront
Volk’s Electric Railway is a fixture along the Brighton seafront even though it isn’t one of the first things to come to mind when you think of the seafront. It is exactly what you would think it is based on the name: an electric train that runs along the Brighton seafront!
It opened in 1883 and has been in operation ever since even though the track was shortened in 1990. The train runs from the pier to the marina. Technically the stations are a little ways away from the pier and the marina, but they don’t take more than a few minutes to walk to.
A one-way ticket for an adult costs £3.80, and a return costs £4.90. There are discounts for seniors and families, and children under the age ride free!
The hours for the railway are a bit all over the place, and the train doesn’t run in the winter. The operating hours when it is running are as follows:
Monday and Friday: 11:30am to 5:15pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30am to 5:15pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am to 6:15pm
The train does shut down when there is bad weather, so be sure to keep your eye on the sky before you hop on board!
If you want more information about the Volk’s Electric Railway or want to learn more about its history, be sure to check out their webpage.
24. Go for a Swim
Swimming is a great activity to partake in on the Brighton seafront! I mean, you’re at an open body of water, so you may as well take advantage of it!
Swimming is especially great during the summer when it is hot, and you’re looking to cool down. There is a designated swimming area that is manned by a lifeguard to ensure swimmers are safe.
The designated swimming area is near the pier and is marked by yellow and red flags and yellow buoys in the water.
You can only swim in Brighton during lifeguard season. Lifeguard season runs from the end of May until the first week of September. You cannot swim outside those months, and it is very dangerous to swim outside the lifeguard season.
Please be very careful if you go swimming.The water can and waves can become very strong if certain weather conditions, and they can be challenging for even experienced swimmers.
DO NOT GO IN THE WATER IF YOU HAVE CONSUMED ALCOHOL!!!! The consumption of even a small amount of alcohol leads to an earlier onset of hypothermia if you are in an accident and stuck in the water for an extended period of time.
So please be sure to take precautions and enjoy the water in a safe way! You don’t want to ruin your entire holiday because you were careless when swimming.
25. Take Indoor Swimming Lessons
If you’re not a confident enough swimmer to venture into the open water, you can take indoor swimming lessons on the Brighton seafront! There is a facility that offers indoor swimming lessons in a pool that replicates the open water. It is actually really cool.
It is located along the seafront in the direction of the Brighton Marina. You will make your way to it if you walk along the promenade with your back to the pier. It is quite a ways away from the pier and closer to the marina, so you’ll have to walk for a while before reaching it.
I thought I took a picture of the building, so I could remember the name of the company, but it turns out I didn’t. I tried locating the company on Google and wasn’t successful. So I’m not able to give you a name of the company or any insight on prices, unfortunately.
26. Have Afternoon Tea on the Brighton Seafront
You can have afternoon pier on the Brighton Palace Pier! The restaurant is located just after the building that houses the arcade less than a quarter of the down the pier.
The regular tea service costs £ 22.50 and £25 if you want to add a glass of champagne. Those are really reasonable prices for afternoon tea in a tourist spot.
An advance reservation is not required. You can easily walk up to the restaurant on the day you want to partake in afternoon tea and be able to get a spot. You may have a short wait during the peak summer season, but it is still worth checking out.
Afternoon tea is a great thing to do on the Brighton seafront. You get a great view of the water and beach, a traditional meal, and a taste of British culture. You can’t go wrong with that!
27. Pet a Dog
There are sooooooooo many cute dogs going for walks along the Brighton seafront, and they are all incredibly friendly! You can’t help but coo at all the cute pups that you see out and about in Brighton!
I saw a baby St. Bernard as I was walking along the Brighton seafront, and it was one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen in my life! There was a group of people around the puppy waiting for their chance to give it a pet. For those of you wondering, the puppy was very soft and loving all the attention!
You will have no shortage of dogs to coo over along the Brighton seafront! It is the perfect place for animal lovers and dog enthusiast. Just be prepared to fall in love with all the dogs and not be able to take them home.
28. Get a Free Vegan Whippie
I didn’t know what a whippie was until I saw a sign along the Brighton seafront advertising for free vegan whippies if you had a particular name. They are a soft serve ice cream and the perfect snack for a hot day!
The shop that gives you free vegan whippies is located along the Brighton seafront on the lower, beach-front level near the British Airways i360.
Every day they offer a free vegan whippie to anybody with a specific name. ID is required to get your free ice cream to prevent people from abusing the system so be sure to have your ID handy if you’re lucky enough to have the name of the day.
The first day I was there, the eligible name was Alfie, so I thought that maybe they only used obscure names, so they didn’t have to give out many free whippies.
However, the next day I walked past the sign, the name was Nathan, which is far more common than Alfie. So good luck to people with obscure and popular names- you have a chance of winning a free vegan whippie!
There is a shop in the same area that runs the same promotion with a non-vegan whippie, so you have twice the chance in a single day at winning!
29. Skip Rocks
Another classic beach activity! Skipping rocks is basically an essential activity whenever you go to the beach.
The Brighton beaches are rock beaches rather than sand beaches, so you can easily find the perfect rock to skip across the water.
This is a great activity if you’re travelling in a group of competitive people! The person worst at skipping rocks has to buy the rest of the group an ice cream. I would definitely lose that competition though. I’m horrible at skipping rocks!
30. Eat Fish and Chips with an Amazing View of the Brighton Seafront
Eating fish and chips is basically an essential activity when you’re in the UK, and what better place to do that than the Brighton seafront?!
As mentioned earlier, there are many restaurants and pubs along the Brighton seafront, so you won’t have to walk too far without stumbling on a place to grab some fish and chips. Plus the fish is local and fresh, so you know it is going to be good!
There are even places that sell plant-based fish and chips if you’re vegetarian or vegan! This makes it easy for everybody to grab a delicious, comfort meal even if there are dietary restrictions.
31. Get a Tan
Brighton and the United Kingdom aren’t necessarily know for their scorching temperatures or the first place you would think to get a tan, but the Brighton seafront is a great place to bronze up a bit!
The temperatures in Brighton can get into the high thirties in the summer months, which makes for great tanning weather. Even in the early-autumn months you can still catch some good tanning weather.
When the weather is nice, you can be sure to spot a lot of locals soaking up the sun! Grab a free beach chair and join them if you enjoy getting tanned by the sun.
Please just be sure to protect your skin as much as possible and avoid getting a burn!
32. Rent a Kayak
Renting a kayak is a great option if you’re looking for something active to do along the Brighton seafront! They cost £15 per hour, or you can take a two hour group lesson for £45.
The company that rents kayaks is called Brighton Watersports. You can pre-book lessons on their website, but hourly kayak rentals can only be done in the office at the time you want to use them.
Their office is located right along the Brighton seafront after the British Airways i360 but before the pier. Their are signs along the seafront, so you’ll easily be able to find their storefront.
You need either a credit card or identification in order to book your kayak. You also need to bring clothing or a swimsuit you don’t mind getting wet, a towel, and water bottle if you want one. Brighton Watersports provides lockers, wetsuits, and insurance.
Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water and enjoy the weather. It is so much fun, and I personally think it is one of the best things you can do on the Brighton seafront.
33. Go to an Aquarium
Sea Life Brighton is an aquarium located right next to the pier. The aquarium has a lot more than just fish for you to look at! It is also home to sharks, turtles, rays, seahorses, and much more.
There are a lot of different ticket options to choose from, and they can be found on the company’s website. You save 30% on admission and are guaranteed entry if you purchase your ticket online in advance.
The standard admission price for a child is £15 and £20 for an adult.
There is also the option of purchasing a season pass. You pay for one day and have entry for the entire year. This is a great deal! It may be worth it to buy a full-price ticket rather than a discounted ticket online just in case you want to come back another time.
The aquarium is open seven days a week from 10am. There are various closing times, and it is closed on certain holidays throughout the year. Be sure to check the website to confirm their hours of operation before your visit!
It is incredibly easy to access the aquarium because it is in the heart of the Brighton seafront! You can access it either from the entry to the pier or from the lower level by the water. There is a small sign and a walkway you can take from the seafront to the aquarium, which is quite convenient.
34. Take a Ride on a Zipline
One of the newer attractions on the Brighton seafront is a zip line! It is the longest zip line on the south coast of England and is a pretty cool addition to the seafront.
The zip line is located past the pier towards the marina. It is a little ways away from the pier, but it isn’t longer than a five minute walk away.
You have to pre-book your zip line experience in advance. You can either book online through the company’s website or call them to arrange a time to zip.
It costs £16 for a single rider or £30 if there are two of you who want to race to the finish! You can pay an addition £3 to get video footage of your zip line experience.
Brighton Zip offers discounts for students and residents so be sure to check out the discounts before you purchase a full-price ticket.
The zip line is a really unique way to have a bit of an adventure on the Brighton seafront. It isn’t an activity you can do just anywhere and makes for a cool story to tell your family and friends when you get home.
35. Walk Along the Promenade
There is a promenade that runs the entire length of the beach. It lets your get close to the water without having to navigate walking on the rocks.
Walking along the promenade is a great way to see everything the Brighton seafront has to offer with just one activity. It goes all the way from before the marina, past the pier, to the British Airways i360, and continues on for quite a while in that direction.
It is a relaxing walk with no hills, so people of all physical capabilities are able to use it.
The promenade can get busy when you’re in the heart of the Brighton seafront, but it is often pretty quiet on the other sections. You’re able to take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the Brighton seafront without having to navigate crowds.
This is by far one of my absolute favourite things to do on the Brighton seafront. I go for a long walk along the promenade every day I’m in Brighton. I truly love it.
36. Join a Rally
There always seems to be something happening along the Brighton seafront. Whether it is a political rally, a walk for climate change, an LBGTQA+ event, or something in between, it is really easy to stumble upon a rally for you to join.
The people of Brighton seem to be very socially active and put on a lot of different events and rallies. In just three days, I managed to come across four different events!
So if you’re into politics or social issues, you may be able to stumble across a rally to join. They are a lot of fun, and I personally love when I come across a rally I am able to join (assuming my values align with it of course).
37. Play Crazy Golf
Crazy golf, mini golf, putt-putt, whatever you want to call it, but I’m going to stick with crazy golf because that it what it is called in Brighton.
There are two different crazy golf courses along the Brighton seafront. The first is a pirate-themed course near the zip line, and the second is a tropical-themed course closer to the marina.
Both are inexpensive and extremely fun! The pirate course is busier because it is closer to the pier, but it is still worth checking out. You get a putter and ball included in your admission fee, and you get to putt your way around 18 holes.
I’m a crazy golf addict and often annoy my travelling companion because I insist on playing any course we pass, so you can only imagine my delight to find that there were two courses along the Brighton seafront.
I highly recommend checking out the crazy golf courses. They aren’t too difficult, so beginners won’t get frustrated with the difficulty level, and they are honestly super fun. I will undoubtedly be back to play a few rounds next time I’m in Brighton!
38. Go for a Jog
What better way to get in your daily exercise than going for a jog along the Brighton seafront?
You’re guaranteed a great view and know you won’t get lost because you can follow the promenade. There are no designated running trails, but you are able to jog along the promenade and shared walkway on the pier level.
It does get crowded in the middle of the Brighton seafront between the pier and the British Airways i360 so be aware of that. The crowds can be avoided by jogging at a less busy time of day.
Going for a jog in the morning to watch the sunrise is one of the prettiest sights you’ll get along the Brighton seafront. It requires a certain amount of dedication and commitment to get up that early and start jogging while on vacation, but it is worth it!
39. Take Pictures of the Upside Down House
This sounds like a weird one eh? There is a stationary store near the British Airways i360, and the exterior is designed to look like an upside down house. It looks quite peculiar and out of place sitting in an open square, so it is quite a conversation starter.
People crowd around and take pictures, and it is hard not to be impressed by the store. It is cute and quirky and a great addition to the Brighton seafront. I didn’t go into the store, but I have no doubt it sells really adorable stationary.
It is a really cute and weirdly fun thing to do on the Brighton seafront. People are always posing next to the upside down house to get the perfect Instagram picture.
40. Play some Carnival Games
There are carnival games at the end of the Brighton Palace Pier by the rides. You can test your luck and see if you can defy the odds and win a prize.
You can play all the standard carnival games. From basketball to darts to trying to land a ring on a bottle neck, there are a lot of games to choose from. There is even the classic ducky game where everybody is a winner in case you have children in your party that want to play.
Carnival games are cash-only so be sure to have some money on hand if you plan on playing a few games. The prices vary, but it is very easy to spend way more than you were intending to once you start playing. You’re always so close to winning and think you’ll be a champion next time you play.
Even though most are the games are difficult and hard to win, it is really fun to play a carnival game or two. It is more for the fun than the prize though.
41. Clean the Beach
You’ve had a great day exploring the Brighton seafront and are ready to head home, but there is one final thing you have to do: clean the beach!
You were able to enjoy the seafront and beach, so it is only fair that you do your part and give back in a very small way. The Brighton beaches are always very clean, but there is always some way you can help. Whether it be picking up a few pieces of trash or helping put some of the beach chairs away at night, you can help keep the Brighton seafront and beach clean.
It doesn’t take more than a few minutes, but it makes a huge difference if everybody that visits the Brighton seafront does a little bit to keep the area clean. It really is the least we can all do seeing as the Brighton seafront gives us such joy.
Brighton Seafront FAQs
Can I Drink Alcohol While I Walk on the Brighton Seafront?
This is a bit of a tricky one to answer. Technically the answer is no. There are signs up on the Brighton seafront that say no open alcohol is allowed.
However, I saw a number of people walking along the promenade with open cans of beer, and there didn’t seem to be an issue.
I would suggest only drinking in pubs or restaurants just to be on the safe side. It would be dreadful to get in trouble with the local police while on your holiday!
Is There a Dog Park?
There is a dog’s beach on the Brighton seafront! Dogs are able to play in the water and run around without a leash on.
It is located past the British Airways i360 away from the pier. If you walk with your back to the British Airways i360 for about five minutes, you’ll reach the dog beach.
Am I Able to Enjoy the Brighton Seafront in the Winter?
The answer to this is yes! There are a lot of things you can do along the Brighton seafront in the winter.
There are a number of outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding that you won’t be able to do, but you can still participate in the other activities on this list.
You will want to dress for the weather though! Bring a warm sweater, something to cover your ears, and mitts to keep yourself warm!
Are There Public Toilets Available Along the Brighton Seafront?
Yes! There are a number of public toilets available all along the Brighton seafront. They are free to use and kept pretty clean.
Is There Any Sand on the Brighton Beach?
The Brighton beach is made entirely of rocks and pebbles, so you won’t find any sand along it.
There is, however, a large sandbox your children can play in near the beach volleyball courts located near the pier.
Where to Stay on the Brighton Seafront
I personally think that staying near the Brighton seafront is the best place to stay while visiting Brighton. It allows you to walk to the seafront as well as all the other major tourist attractions in the city.
Hotels near the Brighton seafront book up early and get more expensive the closer you book them to your date of travel. I recommend booking them as early as possible.
Below is a list of great hotels along the Brighton seafront:
The Brighton seafront is an iconic part of Brighton. You could spend days exploring it and still not see everything it has to offer!
I recommend dedicating at least one full day in Brighton to explore the seafront and enjoy as much of it as you can. You won’t be able to do it all so identify what you’re most interested in seeing and make those your priorities.
I adore the Brighton seafront and find myself walking along the promenade even on days when I had no plans of spending time on the seafront.
It is so easy to get to the seafront from anywhere in Brighton that I imagine that you’ll find yourself choosing to walk along the Brighton seafront to get back to your hotel as well.
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.
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!