Things to do in Brighton

Itineraries for Your Trip to Brighton

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1 Day in Brighton for First Timers

Curated by Helen ShepherdSouth Londoner on the loose in Switzerland, with a cat and baby in tow. Trained teacher, student, and travel writer, with a passion for drama, drag, and adventure.

A top destination for tourists and locals alike, liberal Brighton boasts a classic British beachline, a thriving LGBTQ community, and a diverse collection of cultural and historic landmarks. Here’s how to experience the best of the resort town in just 24 hours.


Start your day early with a comprehensive overview of Brighton before the crowds descend. Bike tours enable hassle-free, time-efficient transfer between landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion, North Laine, and Brighton Pier, while hop-on hop-off buses let you explore at your own pace. Alternatively, immerse yourself in southern England’s cultural hub on a walking tour, and stroll the labyrinthine Lanes, where independent boutiques flourish beside trendy eateries—ideal for lunch before your afternoon adventures.


Now that you have your bearings, take advantage of the vast array of activities available in the vibrant town. Keep kids entertained at one of the oldest working aquariums in the world, or be a big kid yourself at one of the popular climbing walls. Helicopter rides give thrill-seekers a different perspective of the bustling streets, while local-led, customizable tours reveal the town’s hidden gems. To learn about Brighton’s unofficial status as the United Kingdom’s “gay capital,” join a tour that offers insight into the town’s unique LGBTQ history.


One of Brighton’s most iconic features is its shoreline, and where better to kick back after an action-packed day. For the best sunset views, take to the Channel on a cruise or speedboat ride. Brighton is also famous for its after-dark scene, so if you’re not yet ready to turn in for the evening, join a nightlife tour for fast-track entry to the happening hot spots. 

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