24 hours in Brighton: 8 things to see and do for a fun day trip

Taking a seaside break? Here’s why you need to see Britain’s most popular beach town.

One of the most popular Britain’s coast cities, Brighton, has always been a go-to place for cheap and fun day trips for many Londoners. Located on the south coast of England, you can easily reach this unique and eclectic seaside resort from central London with a direct train for around an hour. If you plan your journey at least 7 days ahead, you can get your return tickets for £12.50, especially if you are flexible with your time.

Brighton is a cultural melting pot, merging together fascinating architecture and vivacious lifestyle. It’s known for being a welcoming home to the LGBT community, as well as some of the quirkiest shops and bars in the UK.

So what should be on you must see and do list when visiting this pebbled beach town? Here’s a plan:

1. Start with the iconic Brighton Palace Pier

WHY WE LOVE IT: This iconic place is all about the experience – from the roller coasters, rides and trampolines to the gaming mayhem, The Palace Pier is an amazing family spot open 7-days a week. Being the most popular Brighton’s attraction, bare in mind that the theme park gets really busy.

WHERE:Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

2. Enjoy the sea view on the loungers

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WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s hard not to take a moment to enjoy the beach and the sea view in Brighton. If you want to make the experience a bit more special and authentic, grab a striped deck chair for £2.

WHERE: Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

3. Have some fun at the Upside Down House

WHY WE LOVE IT: Unusual, yet fun tourist attraction, the Upside Down House has opened its door a few months ago on the Brighton seafront. This is the fourth house created by Tom Dirse, besides the ones in Bournemouth, Lakeside and Dorset, that will turn your head around, quite literally. Tickets from £4.50, suitable for all ages.

WHERE: Kings Road Arches, 42-43, Brighton BN1 2LN

4. Sip cocktails with a panoramic views in BA i360 moving observation tower

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Well, that says a lot, doesn’t it? Who could possibly say not to cocktails with a view? A 162-metre observation tower with its futuristic glass viewing pod is located on the seafront in Brighton. It not only has amazing views, but a cool Sky Bar too. Tickets from £14.85. 

WHERE:Lower Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2LN

5. Have a picnic around the Royal Pavilion

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WHY WE LOVE IT: The Royal Pavilion is one of the most known Brighton’s attractions that should definitely make to the must-see list. This extravagant seaside palace was built for King George IV inspired by the Indian architecture. You can visit the landmark for £13.50, or have a picnic outside just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

WHERE:4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE

6. Take a stroll down The Lanes

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WHY WE LOVE IT: The Lanes are a hidden gem in the heart of Brighton. This is a name for several narrow alleyways and little streets that are packed with incredible vintage shops, antiques and cafes – a great place to wander around even if you don’t buy anything.

P.S. The Lanes can get really, really busy during the weekends and holidays, so you will probably need some patience when exploring around. 

WHERE: Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH / Dukes Ln, Brighton BN1 1BG / North Street, Brighton, BN1 1RH

7. Shoot memorable photos at Photomatic

WHY WE LOVE IT: After scrolling down the lanes make your way up to the Gardner street where you can find a retro-styled photo booth. Fun little spot to hang out while taking some spontaneous black and white or coloured photos for £4. Don’t miss!

WHERE: 22 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UP

8. Visit the iconic Prince Albert pub

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Finally, a short 7-minute walk from the Photomatic will get you to the Brighton’s must-visit pub which is hard to miss once you see its world-famous ‘dead rock stars’ graf wall. Great place to take a break (and some food) before heading back home.

P.S. They have vegan and vegetarian menus available. 

WHERE: 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ED