7 Things to Do in the Daytime in Brighton


Formally known as the City of Brighton and Hove, this South East city in England is a 90-minute drive from the UK capital London and attracted 11,234,000 visitors in 2016. This English destination is famous for its 5.8-mile pebbly beach (which was voted one of the Top cities with brilliant beaches in Lonely Planet), its progressive attitude of the LGBTQ+ community by hosting one of the largest pride festivals in England and the decadent Brighton Pavillion. It is easy to see why so many tourists flock to see this English culturally vibrant destination. As one of the stops of the Full English Backpacker Bus, this guide will help you see what the city has to offer.

1. Brighton Pier

At 1772ft long, it is acknowledged as one of the finest piers ever built. It opened in 1889 and has remained standing through two wars as a quintessentially English centre of Entertainment. Ride the traditional fairground favourites including the Carousel and the spinning Cup and Saucers. After you have taken on the ‘Mighty Coaster’, chow down on some of the best Fish and Chips in England. Before you leave try not to spend your money at the ‘Palace of Fun’ which has the classic Penny Fall arcade machines to the latest VR simulators.

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2. Royal Pavillion

Built for King George IV in 1823, this former royal residence is one of the most unique in England. The combination of elements of India and Chinese architecture creates a visual feast for your eyes. As you tour the palace you will get to see its famous 30-foot high chandelier weighing one ton in the grandiose banquet room. The adjoining Brighton Dome has hosted many musical events. One of them was the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, where a little-known band called ABBA won with one of their biggest hits today ‘Waterloo’.


3. The Lanes

In between all the sightseeing you will get do in Brighton, get the chance to stop by the shops at the Lanes. Located in the city’s historic quarter, there is a selection of boutiques and independent stores run by the local community. From upmarket salons to small art galleries there is something to suit all tastes.

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4. Sea Life Centre Brighton

The world’s oldest running Aquarium is attracting many visitors still to this day. Situated next to Brighton pier, walk through the many aquatic themed zones and marvel at over 3,500 creatures. Highlights include the Victorian arcade which is set under the original architecture of the building and the glass bottom boat where you can get as close as you can to see the aquatic life underneath you.

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5. Brighton Beach

Featuring over six hundred million pebbles, a tour of Brighton must involve a walk along its popular beach. Stop along the way and recreate the classic postcard image of the English seaside by pulling up a deck chair and relax. For the more adventurous you can go kayaking or paddleboarding on the sea. You can now even get vegan Mr. Whippy ice cream next to the i360!


6. British Airways i360

If you want to see the best view that Brighton has to offer then take a ride up to the 450ft Tower of the i360. At the top is an enormous glass viewing pad where you can look beyond the horizon of the coastline and spot all the landmarks in the city. You can even do this whilst having a sip of English sparkling wine or local beer.


7. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

After taking in what the city has to offer, there is no better way to learn more by going to the Museum and Art Gallery. Discover the many cultural exhibitions that change on a regular basis which showcase 20th century art, exploring the history of Blackpool and representation of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Catch Brighton on our 3 Day Coast Weekender Tour! We kick off with a pub crawl on the Friday night and then optional free time in Brighton on Saturday. Book your tickets on our English backpacker bus tour here!

Sarah Blythe