8 fun things to do in Brighton, England

Starting (finally) my Summer 2022 England series is a trip to wonderful Brighton, a seaside town on the south coast of England. It’s a popular day trip from London famous for its beaches, nightlife, inclusivity and great food. It’s always alive and busy and full of fun. We visited for a night on a scorching July weekend in 2022 and had the absolute best time – I’d definitely say it was one of my top England breaks in the last few years (and I do a lot of them so that’s high praise indeed).

Here are 8 fun things to do when visiting Brighton.


1. Royal Pavilion & Gardens

The Royal Pavilion and its gardens is a former royal residence – and today the is the only former Royal residence not under ownership of the Crown. It was built in 1787 by King George IV as his summer residence, in an Indian style. It’s also decorated internally in Chinese decor – albeit George had never been to either India or China so they are English interpretations of both (in fact the Chinese lettering inside often makes no sense).

The Pavilion Masterpiece
Inside the Dining Room

George IV’s successors William IV and Queen Victoria also used the Pavilion, but Queen Victoria decided that Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight should be the royal seaside retreat, and the Pavilion was sold to the city of Brighton in 1850.

Approaching the Pavilion

2. British Airways i360

Another great thing to do is to head down to the sea front and take a ride on the i360, an observation tower which gives visitors a 360-degree view across Brighton, the South Downs and the English Channel. It also serves some really nice gin cocktails so that was a bonus!

Looking up the tower

3. The Lanes

The Lanes are one of the most picturesque areas of Brighton. It’s a labyrinth of narrow streets, quirky shops, places to eat and corners to explore. I was a particular fan of the rubber duck shop and mayyy have purchased a couple.

4. The Pier

You can’t come to Brighton and not enjoy the pier. There are of course the traditional pier slot machines and arcades (I love the 2p games and won a grand total of 8p!), as well as the obligatory candyfloss/icecream/donuts/crepe stands. There are also lots of rides at the end of the Pier – one of my best friends used to work here while he was at Uni and recommended trying some out, so I paid a visit to the helterskelter, carousel, waltzers, log floom water ride, haunted house and a few rollercoasters. It was fun to be a big kid for a couple of hours.

Walking along the Pier

5. The Beach

Brighton has a beautiful stretch of beach, which is perfect for strolling along any time of day. Along the front are many shops, rides, food courts, restaurants, bars and even art galleries. I loved exploring during the day and enjoying the sunshine, but the sunsets are also really gorgeous.

The beach during the day
And enjoying the sunset

6. Adventure Golf

We had loads of fun playing Adventure Golf at Brighton Jungle Rumble. There are two courses to choose from, so we chose the one in the shade and through water as it was so hot and my face was already burning off. The course took about 45 mins and was super fun – I even got a hole in one (though still lost abysmally to my semi-pro golfer husband)!

7. The Amex Stadium

Brighton is home to the Amex stadium, and this was actually the reason for our visit to the city as we had tickets to a match there – to watch the Lionesses (England women’s football team) play at the European Championships. We saw them beat Norway 8-0 in a good game.

In the stands

8. The Grand Hotel

The Grand is a Brighton icon, built in the Victorian era in 1864 when seaside trips for the upper class were booming. It’s hosted everyone from ABBA to Jessie J and is also known for the 1984 Conservative Party conference bombing, where the IRA attempted to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Grand, right on the sea front

Today it’s a great option for a hotel if you’re staying overnight but also worth visiting the bar for a drink or the restaurant for a delicious lunch, or even just nipping in to take in the amazing staircase!


So, what do you think of Brighton? We loved our overnight stay there and had the best time in the sunshine. There is so much to do in the city and it really exceeded my expectations. I hope you enjoyed the tour – stay safe and happy travelling everyone!

41 Comments

  1. Such beautiful, exquisite vintage buildings in Brighton, England! The pier and beach area also look nice, and congratulations on your hole in one! Thanks for sharing your adventures, Hannah ~ have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. We would LOVE Brighton! If we ever get to England, we will have to spend months visiting all of these fabulous places. I am particularly intrigued by the Lanes and by the pier. Thank you for another great post, Hannah. Have a great rest of your week!

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  3. What a beautiful seaside getaway! I always love a good pier with games and food. How fun that you got to watch the Lionesses play (and win) there at the stadium! What an incredible experience to be there and be so caught up in the energy of the game! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Thank you for bringing back many happy memories of visiting Brighton over the years. The architecture is glorious. I had the very best gin and tonic of my life at a beachfront cafe, eating superb fish and chips.

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  5. Iโ€™ve never even heard of Brighton, but it looks like a fun place to visit! Iโ€™m intrigued by the Chinese-style palace, definitely not something I would expect to see in England. It looks really ornate (even if itโ€™s not fully authentic).

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  6. Brighton looks lovely. It’s definitely on my bucketlist for the UK,ย  so many beautiful destinations that I’m spoilt for choice. Great recommendations!

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  7. Brighton has been on my bucket list of places to visit in the UK for years, and somehow, a visit has always eluded meโ€ฆwhat a gorgeous seaside town! Despite the gaudy (and inaccurate) Orientalism of the Royal Pavilion, itโ€™s still an impressive building worth checking out. Iโ€™ll see if I can squeeze in a trip to Brighton on my return visit to the UK (hopefully next spring), but otherwise, I vicariously enjoyed visiting it through this post!

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  8. Wow, seems like you had an amazing time in Brighton! I went there when I was a kid and can only remember three things about it: a fancy car that we saw (yes itโ€™s pretty random), the aquarium which was the main purpose of our visit and the pier! I donโ€™t think we actually saw anything else, but I had the best time and Iโ€™ve wanted to go back ever since! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh โ€ฆ looking at your top photo, I would not guess youโ€™re in the UK ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. That green room โ€“ itโ€™s very green, isnโ€™t it! But the dining room is quite stylish, I like that. I was thinking โ€ฆ if I had a glass of gin in my hand, I might just forget about my fear of heights! And what a fun day at the pier โ€ฆ yes, sometimes we just need to be a kid again! This looks like a whole lot of fun Hannah โ€“ your photos made me realised just how much Iโ€™m looking forward to our summer!

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    1. I know, it’s such a surprise it’s in England!!! And yes I agree about the green room – not what I’d choose for my bedroom that’s for sure!! Yey for summer, I’m so envious as we are now heading to deepest darkest winter, though I’m currently on a holiday to somewhere exotic so not felt the pain yet! Landing back in England will be a shock.

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