Discover Brighton’s top landmarks for the perfect seaside trip

Famous for its bold creativity and LGBTQ+ community, Brighton and Hove is the perfect setting for a summer holiday or city break. A combination of quirky businesses, outstanding arts and first-rate food make this one of the UK’s greatest locations.

Discover Brighton’s landmarks you won’t want to miss for the perfect seaside trip.

1. Brighton Palace Pier

Light up sign of Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier is jam-packed with fun and games to keep you entertained the whole day and night. It wouldn’t be a seaside trip without trying to win some prizes in the arcade and this pier has two! Be sure to check out the Palace of Fun and Dome Arcade before catching an adrenaline rush on the permanent fairground rides at the end of the pier. Will it be the Waltzers or Crazy Mouse? With classic seaside cuisine up for grabs and endless sweet treats to accompany it, you won’t be disappointed here.

2. The Lanes

Grafitti sign pointing 'this way' to The Lanes

Arguably the most famous part of Brighton, The Lanes’ reputation precedes them. Located between the seafront and North Laine this unorthodox area celebrates the best of Brighton with quirky shops and favourable food and drink options. Discover something new as you wander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and hidden alleyways. You never know what you might find!

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3. Brighton i360

The Brighton i360 on the seafront

Get the complete view of Brighton and Hove 450 feet up at the Brighton i360. You won’t find many more exhilarating experiences in the area than this, with panoramic views across the coast and into the heart of Brighton. Grab a drink from the bar as you take it all in, or pre-book a special event to receive the full dining experience at 183 meters high in the sky.

4. Royal Pavillion

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton on a sunny day

Brighton’s Royal Pavillion was built for King George ΙV as a seaside residency which expanded over the years to become ever grand and illustrious. Today you can explore the inside and out of this grade Ι listed treasure as you learn about its royal roots. With beautiful flourishing gardens in the summer and an annual ice rink during the winter, it’s always the perfect time to visit.

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5. Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Located under Brighton’s main terminus station you’ll find one of the world’s best toy museums consisting of over 12,000 items! The toys and models are displayed within a set of four Victorian cellars providing an immersive insight into the Golden Age of British and European toymaking. Visiting the museum is like stepping into another land, filled with intricate dioramas and an antique model railway at the heart of it all. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday with ticket prices from £4 and discounts available for students and families.

6. American Express Community Stadium

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The Brighton and Hove Albion team moved to the American Express Community Stadium just over a decade ago. Its grandstands can hold over 30,000 fans enabling the grounds to frequently play host to Premier League football since the clubs rise to the top in 2017. Last year the England Lionesses had incredible victories at the Amex Stadium before going on to win England’s first ever EURO title. On non-match days you can book a stadium tour to explore everything from the dressing room to the media conference suite.

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Family admiring large fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

First opened in 1872 as Brighton Aquarium, SEA LIFE Brighton is the oldest functioning aquarium in the world! Here the seawater tanks receive an injection twice a day from the Brighton Sea itself. This is a must-visit attraction with over 5,000 sea creatures calling the aquarium home, from seahorses to starfish which you can get up close and personal with. Ensure to take the Glass Bottom Boat ride where you’ll float across the water and view the turtles, sharks and other marine life from a completely new perspective.

8. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton Museum and Art GalleryBrighton Museum and Art Gallery showcase world-class history, art and design in an inspiring fashion. Explore collections from local artists or immersive yourself in the history of another culture. The museum features an Ancient Egypt collection in addition to a selection of pieces which depict the history of Fine Art. Be sure to check out what pop-up exhibitions and activities are on before your visit. Admission tickets are £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, although kids under five go free!

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9. Snoopers Paradise, Kensington Gardens

Only a stone’s throw from The Lanes you’ll find Snoopers Paradise, the ultimate flea market and vintage store. More than 90 completely unique traders are located here creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience for local shoppers and tourists. Here you can find everything from upcycled fashion and vintage cameras to rare books, memorabilia and all kinds of antiques. At stall 23 you’ll find John selling vinyl records who’s been trading at Snoopers for over 20 years now.

10. Upside Down House

Illusion of a family upside down in the kitchenAs the UK’s first inverted experience the Upside Down House™ allows visitors to walk on ceilings and take incredible illusion photos. This house will play with your mind, allowing you to get creative and try different warped positions, and it’s a great location to keep children entertained. Once your friends and family have seen the photos you took, they’ll want to go too!

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