Considered the cultural hub of southern England, bustling Brighton offers ample entertainment and scenic surroundings, making it a top destination for tourists and locals alike. Superior transport links make it easy to venture farther afield, too. Here’s how to maximize 48 hours in this seaside town.
Brighton can get busy, so start your day early. See the sights before the crowds hit the streets on a comprehensive bike or hop-on hop-off bus tour.
From modern cuisine to classic dishes, Brighton’s eateries offer plenty of dining options. After lunch, gain insight into the town’s history or architecture on a walking tour. Alternatively, helicopter tours lift thrill-seekers above the streets for a unique perspective.
Unwind with a fish and chips dinner on the beach, then embark on a boat cruise along the coast, taking in the views with a digestif in hand. If you’re not yet ready to retire for the evening, head into the maze-like Lanes for some drinks and music.
Efficient transport links make exploring beyond Brighton a breeze. Contrast urban Brighton with scenic spots such as the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and South Downs National Park, or visit Sussex’s rural wineries or breweries. Tours typically include round-trip transportation; some also include lunch.
Most day tours continue late into the afternoon, though some return a little earlier. If you have some spare time, check out Brighton’s many attractions and sports facilities, such as the family-friendly Sea Life Brighton, various outdoor watersports, and indoor climbing walls.
Round off your visit with a night out. Kemptown, often associated with LGBTQ culture, is home to trendy bars and restaurants, and you’ll find lively clubs on the streets behind the Palace Pier. For fast-track entry to the hot spots, and the fullest experience of the town’s after-dark scene, join a nightlife tour.