Brighton combines the traditional English seaside resort with Regency architecture and the contemporary and pulls it off brilliantly! At just a one hour train ride from London, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip.
A short rail journey through Sussex countryside will bring you to Brighton Station and just a few minutes walk from the seafront. There alongside beachfront cafes, bars, and restaurants, you’ll come across the perfect illustration of this city’s quirky character. The glinting glass pod of the i360 viewing tower, the exotic Royal Pavilion, and the Brighton Palace Pier all compete for your attention. You can book tickets online in advance for both the i360 and the Royal Pavilion, and it’s recommended as both sites offer discounts for booking in advance. The Pier is free entry, but don’t miss out on the fun of the fair rides and arcade games.
Once you’re ready to come inland, the compact center of Brighton is perfect for exploring on foot. You’ll find traditional fish and chip shops alongside boutique restaurants and hotels, tiny winding lanes where you’ll discover a shop for everything, and street art tucked away behind modern office buildings. Join Brighton’s distinctive brand of hipster scene by chatting with locals in a real ale bar, people watching in an independent cafe or renting a bike to cycle around the city. Download the Social Bicycles app, and you can even book your bike in advance, Be warned, after a fun day of exploring you may be a bit too tired to ride up the hill back to the station!