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20 things you must do when in Brighton

Rob Reaks , October 29, 2019

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20 things you must do when in Brighton. It’s our home town, and one of the UK’s most popular destinations for hens and stags. With LOADS to see and do, one night is never enough. Here are our favourite things to do in Brighton and Hove. We hope you’ll visit very soon.

To arrange the perfect Brighton Hen Do or Stag Party Weekend, with a wide range of group-friendly accommodation, including hotels, apartments, houses and party pads, call our Group Travel Aces on 01273 872200. See you soon!

1. North Laine, our home and GREAT for shopping

Home is where the heart is! We’re based in possibly the best, most vibrant and eclectic part of Brighton and Hove, the North Laine. Home to Komedia Comedy Club and independent cinema, quirky shops including world-famous outfitter Gresham Blake and amazing bars, cafes and restaurants. We’re SO lucky, you can only imagine how good our lunch breaks are! Come and discover North Laine, Brighton. (PS. it’s not ‘lanes’; The space surrounding Brighton was once occupied by five of these “laines”, open farming plots of a type that seem to have been generally unchanged in style since the Middle Ages, one of which was North Laine.) So, during your visit, you must make time to explore the North Laine. Located between Brighton Station and the Royal Pavilion.

We were also the first home to Anita Roddick’s Body Shop, which opened at 22 Kensington Gardens.

Our Home, North Laine Brighton

2. Showlesque Cabaret, Burlesque and Circus Show

Showlesque is an all new, cabaret, burlesque and circus show at the Walrus, Brighton. See the best performers on the scene in an exciting evening of classy cabaret, mind-blowing burlesque and quirky circus and comedy. Something for everyone, whatever age.

A night for all to dress to impress, sparkle and enjoy all… a night packed full of talent, live music, burlesque and circus. All tied in under the classic dress theme of The Great Gatsby.

Shows are open to all, whether a big group or just a couple, if you want to experience this brilliant cabaret night… drinks, laughs, tasty food provided and a night to remember! You will not be disappointed.

Showlesque, Brighton

3. 20 things you must do when in Brighton; The Brighton Centre

The Brighton Centre is one of the largest purpose-built conference and entertainment venues in the South East of England. Host to live music, rock gigs, comedy acts, classical concerts, theatre shows, exhibitions and good old-fashioned family entertainment.

Photo: Visit Brighton

4. Big Beach Cafe, Hove

Day-trippers to Brighton rarely venture beyond the pier but Norman Cook’s Big Beach Cafe is one good reason to cycle west to Hove. Jump on one of the Brighton and Hove Bikes and head down the road. Brighton Bike Share: Learn More

It’s not hard to see why Cook loves it here: “If you’re in a big city you feel hemmed in by the noise and nonsense and pressures going on all around you. But here, whatever shit goes on, you can always escape and look at the sea.” It is a must do in our 20 things you must do when in Brighton (well, Hove, actually!)

Fat Boy Slim, AKA Norman Cook
20 things you must do when in Brighton

5. 20 things you must do when in Brighton: The Theatre Royal

A visit to Brighton must include a night at the Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton is over two hundred years old. The Prince of Wales gave his Royal Assent for the building of a new Theatre Royal Brighton on its present site in the summer of 1806. The Theatre first opened its doors to the public on Saturday June 27 1807 with a performance of Hamlet and The Weather Cock starring Charles Kemble of Drury Lane.

In 2007, the city celebrated the Theatre’s 200th Birthday with a year of exciting events; the highlight was a Royal Visit by Her Majesty the Queen who renamed a Box in the Theatre; The Queen Elizabeth II Box.

20 things you must do when in Brighton

6. Greyhound Racing, Hove

A big, sweeping circuit that’s recognised by experts as one of the best and safest in the UK. This scenic greyhound stadium is loads of fun, with great bars and restaurants to make a day (or night) or it!

20 things you must do when in Brighton

7. Brighton Race Course

Brighton Racecourse is situated on Whitehawk Hill, around 1 mile away from the coast, and originates back to 1783, when the first official race was held in the area. These days the racecourse hosts flat racing fixtures from April until October as well as a number of other events throughout the year.

The site also plays host to some mind-blowingly good outdoor concerts and festivals.

20 things you must do when in Brighton
Photo: Visit Brighton

8. 20 things you must do when in Brighton: Go Karting

One of the best tracks in the South East, this in a must do for any budding racing drivers in the group. The 800m track is fitted with the latest timing system to keep you up to speed with lap times and race position. This will help you keep a track of bragging rights at the bar for later too!

To start, you’ll have a full safety briefing and then be kitted out with all the gear you need. Then it’s pedal to the metal in 270cc karts that can reach speeds of up to 65mph. There can be up to 12 karts on the track at a time and you’ll have a 10 minute practice to start and get your confidence up. Then it’s down to business with a 15 minute qualification and 15 minute final race.

This is a must for any petrol heads and thrill seekers and a memorable day out just a short drive from Brighton.

20 things you must do when in Brighton

9. Pryzm Nightclub

PRYZM is the largest nightclub in Brighton. The venue hosts events featuring the biggest DJs and acts on the scene with a wide range of VIP booth. Red7 can arrange priority entry for your group, so there’s no problem getting in even in a large, same-sex group on a busy Saturday night! For your Brighton Hen do or stag party, this is definitely in the 20 things you must do when in Brighton.

Pryzm Brighton

10. Revolution

The best bar in town! It’s where we send out hens and stags for Cocktail Making, great food, amazing vibes and party, party, party. At Revolution, Brighton a warm welcome awaits.

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Cocktail Making Masterclass. Photo: Red7

11. Churchill Square shopping centre

It’s time for retail therapy! head to Churchill Square, fully covered and including favourites including Zara, H&M, Hollister, plus an amazing Apple Store! Head to the top level for food outlets, including Macdonalds.

Photo Credit: The Argus

12. 20 things you must do when in Brighton: Sea Life Centre Brighton

The World’s Oldest operational aquarium, owned by Madam Tussaud / London Eye owner, Merlin Entertainments. A visit to Brighton Sea Life Centre immerses you in an aquatic world of sea lions, sharks and rays. Allow a few hours, this is a large attraction with lots to see and do. It’s located just next to the Pier – so if the weather turns wet, nip inside out of the rain!

Sea life brighton
©Julia Claxton 2012

13. Swim in the Sea

It’s invigorating (cold)! But, this vast pebble beach is great for sunbathing and for those who don’t mind the cold, jump in!

The promenade is lined with beach huts, fish outlets and ice cream stalls, and the Central Beach area is home beach bars and clubs, including superclub Shoosh where you can celeb-spot ’til the early hours. The beach is quieter on the East side, between the Sea Life Centre and the Marina.

14. The British Airways i360

‘Iconic’ doesn’t do this justice. Soar high above Brighton and Hove with sweeping views across the City, Sea and beyond. You’ll reach 450 ft where the pod will stop for a short while before your descent. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the British Airways i360 is a 360 degree viewing platform, 10 times larger than the London Eye pods and holds 175 people.

On a clearest day you can see the Isle of Wight, which is 49 miles away!

And maybe the best bit? The ‘Sky Bar’ serves Gin cocktails, English Sparkling Wines and other locally-sourced drinks.

15. The Grand Hotel, Brighton

The Grand Hotel Brighton is a must see, even if just for a cheeky cocktail in the luxurious Victoria Bar (yes, non residents welcome). This iconic hotel offers an iconic cocktail menu. Enjoy a fusion of classic and innovative cocktails. Peckish, the Victoria Bar serves light bites, to give you the energy to venture back out onto the seafront and vibrant beach bars.

The Victoria Bar

16. Devil’s Dyke

Devil’s Dyke is a beauty spot on the South Downs operated by the National Trust. The South Downs Way which runs across Devil’s Dyke has its origins in an ancient track that has been used by humans for more than 2,000 years. Devil’s Dyke was an early attraction for humans living in the Stone Age. Settlements sprang up across the country’s longest, widest and deepest valley which was overseen by an Iron Age hill fort. Stop off at the Devil’s Dyke Pub for a refreshing pint or a delicious Sunday Roast!

Devil’s Dyke, The National Trust

17. 20 things you must do when in Brighton: Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures is Brighton’s newest attraction; Phileas Fogg will guide you around the world through 14 far away lands to complete as many challenges along the way. An immersive, theatrical experience that’s loads of fun. Voted Brighton’s Best Tourist Attraction 2019.

Copyright Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

18. Brighton Marina

Brighton Marina is a busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. With hotels, loads of shops – including fashion outlets and art galleries – and LOADS of restaurants and bars catering for every taste, it’s a vibrant place to spend a day or night. Why not enjoy an afternoon tea at the fabulous Malmaison Hotel? Take the Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, from Brighton Palace Pier directly to the Marina, with sea views all the way! Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips operate throughout the year.

20 things you must do when in Brighton

19. The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Admission is currently £15 per adult. The Pavilion is open all year, except 24, 25, 26th December.

20 things you must do when in Brighton
Copyright Royal Pavilion

20. Brighton Palace Pier

The Pavilion has to be in our top 20 things you must do when in Brighton. Opening in 1899, it was the third pier to be constructed in Brighton after the Royal Suspension Chain Pier and the West Pier, but is now the only one still in operation. It’s free admission, but the fun fair rides charge a fee. In 2017, the pier was said to be the most visited tourist attraction outside London, with over 4.5 million visitors the previous year. There’s a great bar towards the end of the Pier, Horatios, where the views towards the Marina are stunning. It’s also a great sun-trap terrace!

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Brighton Palace Pier

Check out Visit Brighton for more info on Brighton, City by the Sea.

To talk to us about your Trip to Brighton, we can arrange hotels, apartments, houses, party pads and activities. 01273 872200

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