Whatever your reason for taking time off in Brighton - be it a romantic escape, a hectic stag or hen party, a full-on shopping trip or a laidback visit with friends - you’re bound to be drawn towards the seafront. There’s something magical about those huge, open views of sea and sky - I look forward to it whenever I’m heading back into town after some time away. Visitors have been inspired by this breezy and invigorating stretch of coast for well over two centuries, so it’s no surprise that most of the city’s main attractions are clustered on and around Brighton Beach.
Brighton’s quite a party town - you’ll find details of the best places for eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment on my Brighton cafés and restaurants, Shopping in Brighton and Brighton nightlife pages - but it has cultural credibility too, with some brilliant museums, an impressive modern library (not in my Top 15, but well worth a visit while you're in the North Laine area), an outstanding annual arts festival (Brighton Festival, www.brightonfestival.org) and a unique historic palace, the Royal Pavilion.
It’s also a great place to enjoy the open air - swimming, sunbathing, beach barbecues and watersports are a real pleasure in the summer months, when meetings, motor rallies and sporting events crowd the seafront with colour; cycling, walking and beach sports are fun at any time of year. The city’s varied architecture, from the grand Regency terraces of Hove and Kemptown to the quirky flint-walled cottages of The Lanes, makes urban wanderings intriguing. Much of this enjoyment comes completely free.
How I’ve picked my things to do:
In my Top 15, I’ve included all the attractions I wouldn’t want you to miss, plus a few that you might never have thought of. Get creative, venture off the beaten track and you’ll make plenty more discoveries of your own.