51 Things You Simply Must Do In Brighton

So much to do, so little time.

1. Take a snoop in Snoopers Paradise.

Snoopers Paradise is exactly what it says on the tin - a wondrous treasure trove of vintage tat and antiques. In the heart of the North Laine, it is a unique Brighton collective featuring over 20 designers, makers and hoarders selling goods. You’re bound to leave with something.

2. While you’re there marvel at the graffiti in the North Laine.

With somewhere as creative and free spirited as Brighton, there is of course a lot of street art in and around the town. But none more so than through the North Laine.

3. Snack on some fudge at Roly’s Fudge Pantry.

Again, based in the North Laine, you’ll find this gem of a fudge shop. Roly’s Fudge Pantry offers the best crumbly fudge you’ll possibly ever find. Pop in and devour.

4. Or feast on some chocolate instead at Choccywoccydoodah.

Chocolate and art you say? Choccywoccydoodah is home to a dedicated team of artists, designers and chocolatiers who specialise in creating decadent, bespoke wedding cakes, chocolate birthday cakes and unique chocolate gifts. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

5. Wander through Brighton Flea Market.

If you’ve not found what you’re looking for, there are plenty more places to come across a unique find in the city. So if you want antiques, furniture or interesting old items pop along to the flea market at the weekends or on bank holidays.

6. Or there’s always Upper Gardner Street Market.

Never knew Brighton was so good for shopping? Well, it is. Especially for something unique. On Saturday’s Upper Gardner Street is home to a market of all sorts of odds and sods and is full of buzzing character. Head there for old records, artisan jewellery and cool vintage finds.

7. Catch a comedy show at Komedia.

This venue is the place to go to for comedy nights, from household names to up and coming artists. They also hold cabaret and club nights, too so you’ll never be bored.

8. Enjoy some fresh fish and chips at The Regency.

You’re by the seaside, so of course you want to sample some nice fresh fish. Head down to The Regency, which is still one of the oldest and most popular seafront restaurants. You can pick from traditional fish and chips, or try their mussels.

9. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a coffee at Marwoods.

 

It’s the perfect place for a “kick arse” caffeine fix in the South Laine. And if you have room, try out their “life changing” cakes as well.

10. Devour some brownies at Cloud 9.

Close to Marwoods you have Cloud 9, perfect for an amazing sweet treat. We recommend the brownies, but there’s ice cream and plenty else on offer, too.

11. Work it all off with a spot of kayaking.

As you’d expect for a busy city by the sea, there are plenty of water sports on offer for the more adventurous or active. Brighton Water Sports let’s you hire kayaks for £10 per person per hour.

12. Cycle to Rottingdean.

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If you fancy staying dry then bike hire is the next best thing. Either enjoy a cycle along the promenade, or make it a slightly bigger excursion and cycle along to Rottingdean. Perfect on a lovely day.

13. Enjoy a paddle around the pier.

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Take off your shoes and take a paddle around the pier. It’s great for reflection while soaking up the atmosphere of the beach.

14. If rum’s your tipple head to Saint James.

You can even enjoy rum tastings at this popular Brighton haunt as it runs the Brighton Rum Club. Brimmed full of different types of Rum, it’s also home to some delicious Thai food. What’s not to like?

15. Prefer whiskey? You’re in luck.

Head to The Great Eastern for a fine selection of whiskeys to happily get you on your way.

16. But what about gin?

Well then you have The Office. Located on Sydney Street this light and airy bar boasts dozens of gins to take your fancy. Spoilt for choice.

17. Sample some Indian food at Indian Summer.

For authentic Indian food to soak up all that alcohol, look no further than Indian Summer.

18. For vegetarian food you can’t beat Terre à Terre.

For the finest vegetarian cuisine, head to Terre à Terre, where vegetarianism is “more about indulgence than abstinence”. Situated in the historic lanes, the restaurant is just a stone’s throw from Brighton Beach. And not only does it taste delicious, but the presentation is a huge highlight as well.

19. Be entertained at the Brighton Dome.

Situated in Brighton’s cultural quarter, the Brighton Dome always has an exciting schedule of events going on. Everything from dance shows, to gigs, to plays and workshops are held at the iconic building.

20. Lap up the live music scene.

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Brighton is one of the main stop offs for music acts touring the country, so you’re bound to see someone you like there. But aside from big names, there are many local groups entertaining the locals and visitors alike throughout the many venues in the city. For a definitive list click here.

21. Get inked at Nine Tattoo Studio.

If you fancy a reminder of your trip that’s a little more lasting then there’s nowhere better to get inked than the Nine Tattoo Studio. The bespoke tattooists is home to several talented skin artists. You can find them between The Coal Shed Restaurant and the Fiddlers Elbow Public House on Boyces Street.

22. Head to the Pier.

Brighton Pier may seem like a tourist trap, but you can’t not take a visit there at least once. Buy yourself a pint, wander into the arcade, have a stroll and reflect on one of the coolest cities around. Walk to the end and it gives you a great view looking back on the bohemian beauty.

23. Sup some cocktails at Shuffle Bar.

Awesome cocktails, awesome staff AND you even get to choose the music being played. If you want cocktails, then Shuffle Bar is your place.

24. Have a dance at the Green Door Store under the train station.

If you’ve got your dancing shoes on then avoid the tourist spots and head to the Green Door Store under the station. There are plenty of club nights on offer and live music is sometimes available, covering everything from reggae to jazz and soul.

25. Nurse your hangover during a breakfast at Bill’s.

It’s a Brighton absolute must. Bill’s is the place to go for a perfect breakfast the morning after the night before. Formerly a bus depot, there’s plenty to look at inside while you while away your morning with friends and chow down on your breakfast.

26. Relax during a roast dinner.

 

If you’re in Brighton on a Sunday, then it’s a necessity to head to a pub and enjoy one of the cities finest roast dinners. You can’t go wrong with Earth and Stars or Lion and Lobster.

27. Take part in or watch in awe at the Brighton Marathon.

You might not fancy taking part yourself, but head to Brighton during its annual marathon and you’re sure to be surrounded by a good vibe. It’s usually held the first weekend in April.

28. Have a crazy time at Pride.

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Brighton’s known for its extravagant and fun Gay Pride in August. Expect to see colourful people in an extremely colourful atmosphere. Fun guaranteed.

29. Or the Beach Of The Dead Zombie March.

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It’s become one of the staple events in the Brighton diary. The Beach Of The Dead zombie march can be quite terrifying for visitors not expecting to see drunk zombies crawling around town. But a lot of fun for those involved. In fact, Halloween is a great time of year to visit Brighton as it’s celebrated in a huge way there.

30. Gawp at the Naked Bike Ride.

Okay, so this one won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. The annual Brighton Naked Bike Ride is quite the spectical, however. The perfect celebration of cycling and the human body.

31. Make the most of a free festival: Kemp Town Carnival / St Ann’s Well Gardens Spring Festival.

 

There are many free festivals taking place throughout the year in Brighton. Two of the best include Kemp Town Carnival (in June) and the St Ann’s Well Gardens Spring Festival (in May). Expect a lovely vibe, music and food.

32. And certainly don’t miss the Brighton Festival or Brighton Fringe.

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Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place across the whole of Brighton & Hove for three whole weeks every May. Be in awe and enjoy the varied events on offer. And make sure you also check out Brighton Fringe, one of the largest fringe festivals in the world held throughout May.

33. Visit for the Burning of the Clocks/Winter Solstice.

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The people of Brighton & Hove gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year. Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, the Burning the Clocks takes place. The event combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate.

34. Enjoy marine life at Brighton’s Sea Life Centre.

Situated right on the seafront next to Brighton’s iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton is the world’s oldest operating aquarium and provides an awe inspiring look at life below the waves.

35. Get tantalised at Taboo Sex Shop.

The “adult boutique” has even won awards thanks to its naughty goods inside. If you want to come away from Brighton with some bondage toys, this is your place.

36. Lie in front of Brighton’s Big Screen.

 

Yes, you can watch a movie on the beach! And what makes it even better is that it’s completely free. From mid June til mid July members of the public can sit and enjoy an outside communal film.

37. Or head to the Duke Of York Picture House instead.

If the weather’s not as good then the Duke Of York Picture House is the perfect place to enjoy a film in the city. The art house cinema is pretty enough to just look at itself.

38. Have a Mexican fiesta at Carlito Burrito.

If it’s Mexican that you fancy head straight to Carlito Burrito. With promises of a burrito bar, mexican street food, seafood tapas, mexican beers, Organic Mezcals, Tequilas, cocktails, great tunes and festival vibes all year long, you will not be disappointed.

39. Stock up at Taj Groceries.

Or if you fancy cooking yourself then head into Taj Groceries and lap up the smell sensations. Shop for any spice you can possibly imagine and stock up on tons of international food.

40. Visit the Royal Pavilion.

Come on, you have to! It’s a Brighton landmark you can’t miss from the outside. But head inside and you’ll be able to lap up the history. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out.

41. Go paddleboarding for some zen.

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It’s the latest water sport people are going crazy about. And there’s no better place to do it than in Brighton. Stand up and paddle along in the water and you’ll get some much needed zen time.

42. Or try out mackerel fishing.

There are boats that take you out to sea for a spot of mackerel fishing. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous for a day with a difference you can even try to trade in your haul with a top restaurant for a three course lunch with wine! Although it’s certainly not the norm.

43. Marvel at the sunset at the burnt down west pier.

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You get some beautiful sunsets stretching out in front of you across Brighton beach. And sitting in front of the burnt down west pier is one of the best places to be. Just beautiful.

44. Or see the sun go down at The Setting Sun.

If you’d prefer to watch the day come to an end on a pub bench with a drink in your hand, then The Setting Sun is obviously the place to head.

45. Let your hair down for one night of clubbing.

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Will you regret it? Probably or maybe even most definitely. But it’s something that has to be ticked off the list at least once.

46. Stay in a kooky hotel room.

 

There are plenty of themed hotel rooms throughout Brighton for a stay with a difference. We recommend the Elvis room at SeaSpray or DollyWould at Pelirocco for true rock and roll boutique stays.

47. Take in a car boot sale at the Marina.

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While the shops and markets dotted throughout The Lanes may have been enough shopping for you, there’s still more delights to be found at the giant car boot sales at the Marina. You can make it a fun day out with street performers and food stalls in the vicinity.

48. Become a motor head at the Classic Car Show.

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The beach side city is often full of classic cars, none more so than during the annual Classic Car Show. Perfect for spotting some beautiful motors.

49. Get involved at the Dolphin Derby at the pier.

Up to 15 players battle it out rolling balls into coloured holes which moves your dolphin through the waves, racing the other dolphins to the finish line - a prize is won every time. And yes, it is mighty good fun.

50. Wander past the skatepark on The Level.

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Marvel at the skateboarders’ talents or take in the new paddling pool, also on The Level.

51. Reflect in one of the many yoga studios.

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There are many yoga studios to choose from in the city. Or even enjoy some stretching as the sun goes down on the beach.

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