Days Out in Brighton
Published on: 16/03/22
A jewel on England’s South coast, nicknamed ‘London-by-the-Sea’, Brighton has been a popular day visit destination since the railways connected the two cities in the 1840s. Just an hour from the capital, it’s no wonder that many of London's trends catch on quickly in stylish, diverse Brighton, with its appealing mixture of heritage, hip, individuality and inclusivity.
And that’s before we get to the beach, the beautiful walks, Brighton Pier and the jaw-dropping Royal Pavilion. With amazing nightlife, fabulous food, a rocking art scene, plenty of live events, great shopping in the lanes, even the oldest airport in the world, it certainly packs a punch when it comes to great days out.
British Airways i360
Why start at ground level when you can be transported 450 feet above Brighton, and see it from a unique, bird’s eye perspective? Situated right on Brighton seafront in the heart of the iconic seaside city, British Airways i360 is a unique experience up in the clouds, created, designed and built by the team behind the London Eye. Sleekly modern throughout, after rising gently up in the spacious glass viewing pod you’ll experience stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Brighton and the South Downs, the channel, and, on clear days, all the way to the Isle of Wight.
After gliding smoothly down, you can enjoy a host of onsite facilities including all-day dining in the beachfront restaurant, or coffee and cocktails on the café terrace. The Nyetimber Sky Bar hosts a fascinating exhibition on how BA i360 was built, with a beachside shop for beautiful and useful gifts, even street food takeaway beach huts. Gaze up and the feeling of being skybound will stay with you for a long time after you come back to earth from your ‘i’ in the sky.
Sea Life Centre Brighton
You’re never far from the seaside in Brighton, and this element is celebrated in all its glory at Sea Life Brighton. In fact, it’s the oldest aquarium in the world, built in 1872, and revelling in its glorious original Victorian gothic architecture. Dive into an amazing journey through local, marine, and natural history, amongst the dazzling scales, gigantic teeth and fantastic fins of 5,500 mesmerising creatures.
Take a deep breath and begin the journey of a lifetime in the Victorian arcade. Set under lofty brick-vaulted ceilings, meet swooping rays, as you’re invited to stroke a starfish or anemone in the rock pool. Dive in deeper and discover the underwater world as you've never seen it before as you journey from day to night in a UK-first experience. Visit the underwater viewing area, tunnel, and themed zones, encountering some of the world's most incredible animals, including colourful clownfish, magical seahorses, a clever octopus, thousands of tropical fish and many more. Then you and your shoal can take a break with a creature talk in the comfort of the 250-seater auditorium, or take a glass-bottom boat trip!
Brighton Food Tours
If you’re a footloose foodie in Brighton, you’ll find this truly original walking food tour just the ticket. Experience a different flavour of the quirky and spirited city whilst discovering a selection of favourite foodie Brighton hotspots. You’ll be guided off the beaten track to meet some of Brighton’s most exciting and unusual independent vendors and producers. Hear the stories and passions behind their products with, best of all, plenty of sampling tasty treats along the way.
Over the course of approximately 3 hours you’ll get a bit of everything: visit off-the-beaten-track street food stalls, get down and dirty with the most passionate burger-makers in town, meet food industry revolutionaries, re-live the quintessential old-school seaside Brighton, and a whole lot more. These tours are delightfully ‘smorgasbord’ events; giving you a little bit of everything; food, drink, local history, lovely guides, and a great day out. In addition to scheduled tours, Wine Rebellion tour, Beer and Food Matching tours, and private tours can also be arranged. It’s a truly moveable feast!
City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Brighton
I think we’ve established that Brighton is crammed with things to do, see, taste and try; too much for one pair of feet! Luckily, the Brighton City Sightseeing Tour is here to take the strain out of sightseeing. Hop on, and their open-top tours enable you to fully appreciate Brighton and its renowned seafront, its best shopping areas, and the top-class restaurants at Brighton Marina. Sit back and enjoy all this extravagant city offers, including the striking Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture, the famous Brighton Palace Pier and pebble beach.
Their friendly and knowledgeable tour drivers will help you take full advantage of your time in Brighton, and your ticket also includes discounts at some of the city’s top attractions and local restaurants. In fact, this is the tour that know no bounds! Your tour ticket can also be used on any bus service operated by Brighton & Hove Buses, giving easy access to nearby attractions including Eastbourne, The Seven Sisters, Lewes and Royal Tunbridge Wells at no extra cost so you’ll never be stranded.
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