10 Places Tourists Should Visit in Brighton

tourist spot in Brighton

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Brighton is often associated with its diverse and accepting culture where people with different lifestyles come together. It’s also known for its picturesque view of the sea and lovely festivals. This colourful seaside city has a lot to offer, so whether you’re from a different city in England or a tourist visiting the country for the first time, it’s worth visiting Brighton as it’s a great place to explore, dine, and shop. 

 

There are a lot of wonderful places you can visit in the city, from religious sites and parks to museums and the beach. Enjoy the captivating views and have a blast as you see these ten places to visit in Brighton:

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion

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One of the must-see places in Brighton is the Royal Pavillion. Started as a seaside retreat, architect Henry Holland transformed it into a villa for George, Prince of Wales. In 1815, George, then the Prince Regent, hired architect John Nash to renovate and redesign the estate, taking inspiration from Indian architecture. By 1823, the pavilion was completed by the time George had become king. The spectacular exterior is matched with Chinese-inspired interiors that make the pavilion a gorgeous sight to see.  

Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Pier

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Brighton also has a remarkable 1,722ft long pier, located at Brighton and Hove’s coastline. Besides having a picturesque view of the sea, you can dine in the Palace Pier’s famous restaurant, grab a bite from different concession stands, or try out the various rides and attractions. Of course, it’s a great place to go with friends and family (even little ones can have a blast!), but all is good if you prefer to go alone too. 

 

You can also enjoy walking along the coastline or swimming around Brighton Beach. So if you’re up for some active fun, you and your friends can do some water sports, or if you’re looking for some relaxing time, just sit back and soak up the beautiful coastal view. 

Upside Down House – Brighton

Upside Down House

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Between everything upside, you’ll find a rather odd and amazing form of architecture in Brighton. Just as the name suggests, you’ll find everything – exterior and interior – of the Upside Down House… well, upside down. This creative and experimental artform makes for such an interesting and fun visit. You’ll get to take photos of you seemingly standing on the house ceiling while reaching for house furniture on the ground. It’s a lot of fun for both adults and kids.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton Museum and Gallery

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Suppose you’re a fan of the arts and love visiting museums, head on to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Located in the Royal Pavilion garden, the museum is the residence of an extensive art collection, including fashion, fine art, and some interactive displays, among others. Besides the constant galleries in the museum, they also hold different exhibitions with various themes. It’s an inviting place for art lovers and those who would love to appreciate Brighton’s other art forms. 

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

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Another museum worth checking out is the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, located in Early Victorian railway arches under the Brighton Railway Station. According to the official website, the museum houses over ten thousand displays and gives guests an “immersive visual experience.” You’ll find rare train models, dolls, and different soft toys, among others. Kids and kids at heart would find themselves in awe at finding such a vast collection, perhaps even eliciting a feeling of nostalgia. 

Brighton Marina

Brighton Marina

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The largest marina in the UK, you’ll find many things to do in Brighton Marina. There are various bars and restaurants, a cinema, a golfing place, and a casino. You can also try out different water activities, like going on a yacht cruise or a powerboat ride. If you’re fond of shopping, there are tons of shops for you to explore as well. So you wouldn’t run out of things to do when you visit, all while enjoying a beautiful view. 

Brighton Open Market

Brighton Open Market

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The historic Open Market started all the way in the 1880s when fruits and vegetables were sold on Oxford Street. After undergoing several changes throughout the years, in April 2006, it was changed to a new market. It went through a significant redevelopment in 2014 to become the vibrant Open Market that it is today. Its website states that it’s made up of “45 permanent independent retail units, 12 artists’ studios and an exciting mix of plaza traders.” You’ll find different cafes, garden goods and produce, art, music, furniture, etc. 

British Airways i360

British Airways 360

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With different places to go to, perhaps you’d want to have a clear view of Brighton in its entirety. If so, go up 450ft in the glass viewing pod of a viewing tower and see an overall picture of Brighton. Then, dine and have a drink in the different restaurants and bars or participate in i360’s special events, including a yoga session or gin tasting. 

North Laine

North Laine

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When you go to the city, it’s recommended that you go to North Laine, an area bursting with life and everything that characterises Brighton. A lot is going on in this area – local traders, performers, shopping places, and restaurants – there’s a bright and lively feeling that you’d get when you visit the North Laine. You can walk around and appreciate the core aesthetic of the place, shop around specialised boutiques, or taste dishes of varying cuisines, all in this part of Brighton. 

St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul's Church

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Lastly, you can find the stunning architecture of St. Paul’s Church. This was completed in 1848 and underwent restoration after a fire, showing a “Gothic Revival in art and architecture.” The stained glass windows of the Church are particularly a beautiful sight to see. If you want, masses are held daily, with solemn masses held on Sundays. 

 

That’s it for the list of places to visit when you go to Brighton. Enjoy the beauty of the locale and everything that it offers, along with the community!

 

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