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Things to Do out and About in Brighton

By Lek Boonlert Subscribe to RSS | November 28th 2011 | Views:

Famed for its impressive pier and pavilion, Brighton is one of England’s most popular seaside towns. While the pebble beach might not be the best place to soak up the sun, it is a great place to indulge in a spot of people watching, while Brighton also offers a wide range of excellent shopping and dining options. What follows is a brief run down on the most popular things to do in Brighton.


Explore on Shanks' Pony

Those who want to really get to know Brighton and see all that it has to offer will want to take the time to explore on foot. The sea wall and beach front is a good place to start exploring, as it boasts an interesting mixture of shops, things to entertain and Brighton hotels. This area features The Palace Pier, which is an everlasting choice of entertainment, ranging from the noisy Palace of Fun to the vibrant Pleasure Dome. Brighton’s main pier has been extensively rebuilt, and is also an excellent place to take a stroll.

Wining and Dining


Those who like to dine in style will be delighted by the wide range of offerings that can be found in Brighton. The restaurants here come in all shapes and sizes, and those who are on a tight budget will be able to find plenty of cheap bites as well as meals at markets and cafes in areas such as North Laine. Eating fish and chips is particularly popular with visitors, while Brighton’s international restaurants serve everything from surprisingly reasonable Chinese buffets to food that hails from countries such as France, Mexico, Italy, Thailand and India.

Natural Activities

Walk along the pier

Also known as the Palace Pier, Brighton Pier is home to a wide range of businesses and activities, and this is a great place to simply wander and soak up the atmosphere. The pier is always full of life, even during the winter, when visitors brave the biting cold in order to explore. Souvenir stands line the length of the pier, selling just about everything imaginable under the sun, while the bar and restaurant in the centre is the perfect place to pause for a little light refreshment before checking out the pier’s many and varied amusements.

Chill out at Brighton Beach

Despite being covered with pebbles rather than sand, Brighton Beach is still popular with those who want to soak up the sun for an hour or two. People from all walks of life head down to the beach on sunny days, and this is a good place to meet and greet people as they stroll past. There is no shortage of amenities here, as Brighton Beach is lined with cool cafes, bustling bars and souvenir shops.

Other Options


Brighton is a real shopper’s paradise, and the various different types of venues that are available here ensure that there is something for everyone. Brighton’s alternative crowd tend to do their shopping in the North Laine, which features Bohemian style shops that stock everything from fairy wings to magic potions and fire staffs. Mainstream shopping can also be found around Western Road, while there are plenty of souvenir shops to be found along the pier and Marina drive.


Those who like to party will be in their element, as there are numerous bars, cafes, pubs and clubs to choose from here. Offering a traditional atmosphere and a wide selection of beers and spirits, the pubs are great places to unwind for an hour or two, while trendy bars and nightclubs are the ideal places to see and be seen.

Lek Boonlert - About Author:
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Brighton Hotels content.

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