Our Guide to Brighton and Hove
Brighton & Hove is a city of culture. Around any corner and you'll find something new and intersting with every turn. There is a remarkable variety of things to do for people of all ages and walks of life. Whether you love the arts or prefer something a little more active you’ll be able to find the perfect activity to suit you close by.
Our guide to Brighton and Hove describes just a handful of attractions and things to do in this vibrant, multicultural city. There really is so much to do in Brighton- we really did have to whittle down the list! Keep an eye on our blog aswell, we’re always adding more information about up and coming things to do so to keep up to date with what’s going on in the city head over there.
The star attraction has to be the famous Brighton Pier. The pier has remained standing through multiple storms and fires throughout its over 100 year history. Now a grade II listed building it remains as a beacon to Brighton and all who visit it.
Enjoy everything from thrill rides, to the more traditional seaside and kid-friendly rides like the teacups or the carousel on the pier. Play in the two amusement arcades or traditional stalls and munch your way through some fish and chips or donuts in the various food outlets. It’s a true Victorian seaside attraction with the modern twist of 21st century rides!
From a whole host of independent shops to a wide variety of well-known chains, Brighton can accommodate both high-end shoppers and those that prefer to wander around flea markets looking for the best bargain. For those wanting something a little different to your average high street there’s nowhere else to begin but The Lanes. Made up of an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes, bars and boutiques it offers a shopping experience like no other.
For a more well-known shopping experience head over to Churchill Square, here you will find a large variety of popular brands and food outlets waiting to be shopped in. On a budget? Well try out some of the wonderful flea markets, charity shops and bric-a-brac stores that find themselves within the streets of Brighton. A few of our favourites are Brighton Flea Market on Upper St. James St open 7 days a week, Upper Gardner Street Market held every Saturday and Marlet’s Hospice on Church Street which is a charity shop stocked full of vintage gems.
Visit the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery located in the Royal Pavilion Gardens which is open six days a week. Browse the wonderful exhibitions or try looking out for the wide range of independent smaller art galleries and museums that are all around Brighton, they make for a great day out! Wander down for a night at the theatre and get the chance to enjoy the range of musicals, plays, operas, comedy shows, cabaret shows, live music performances and ballets that visit the city. You can do this in a range of places from the grand Theatre Royal Brighton, to smaller but equally great venues such as The Old Market at Upper Market Street, Marlborough Pub and Theatre and Komedia on Gardner Street which each have their own take on evening entertainment.
Explore & Discover
The Brighton Sealife Centre is fun for everyone from young to old- who can resist touching a live crab or starfish or watching sea creatures swim over your head. There’s also a range of feedings and talks that take place during the day so be sure to catch one of those.
There are a wide variety of things going on in Brighton throughout the year, from festivals to fairs it’s a hive of activity all year round. Here are just a few of the big ones:
Brighton Festival: 2- 25th May – A celebration of theatre, circus, film, literature, music and so much more.
Brighton Food Festival: Ran twice a year in spring and autumn.
Brighton Pride Festival: Dates TBC. The UK’s largest pride festival celebrating all things LBGT, we recommend going it's great fun.
There are so many events throughout the year to consider. These include vegetarian food festivals, body art conventions, and ... well ... pretty much anything you can think of! We recommend checking what's on around the time you’re planning to visit Brighton and Hove because there may be something on that will really catch your interest!