Things to do in Brighton

Itineraries for Your Trip to Brighton

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2 Days in Brighton for First Timers

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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.

Day 1: Morning

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.

Day 1: Afternoon

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.

Day 1: Night

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.

Day 2: Morning

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.

Day 2: Afternoon

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.

Day 2: Night

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.

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