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Things to do in Brighton & Hove

Spectator & Event Guide 2022

If you’re visiting Brighton & Hove for the weekend, we’ve put together some things to do and see while you’re here.

Wander the North Laine and the Lanes for retail shopping and Cafes

Spanning From the East of the train station and South to the sea, the North Laine and Brighton Lanes are a series of shopping streets filled with small boutiques, cafes, pubs and gift shops. Explore the North Laine and down to the Pavilion Gardens for larger streets, or make your way down the pedestrianised winding paths of the Lanes (famous for its jewellery shops) and emerge by the sea.

Check out the North Laine

Visit The Lanes

Explore Brighton’s Food & Drink scene

Known for some fantastic restaurants and bars as well as fish n chips, there’s food and drink for everyone around Brighton’s city centre. Grab some chips along the seafront (though beware the Seagulls!), try local pizza from Fatto a Mano, grab an ice-cream on the Brighton Pier (or take the short walk to Boho Gelato in the Lanes), or try Vegan Sushi from Happy Maki. As well as plenty of cafes dotted throughout the city, there’s plenty of food to try around the marathon route! Visit for their top tips on bars, different types of food and more.

Visit The Beach

Follow the locals and find a seat on the beach to watch the sunset. Favourite spots to watch the sunset are around the old West Pier. Luckily, there’s plenty of stores, places to grab a drink and food stores nearby if you want to spend longer on the pebbles.

Take a flight up the i360

Experience Brighton’s best views with British Airways i360. Gently glide up to 450ft in the spacious glass pod to enjoy 360* views of Brighton, the South Downs and the stunning coastline. Enjoy spotting many of Brighton’s landmarks, artwork on rooftops, wind farms and the expansive stretch of coast all the way from Seven Sisters cliffs to the Isle of Wight.

Have a picnic in one of the Regency Squares

Brighton is full of Regency architecture with many beautiful squares of buildings along the seafront. Most have community gardens in the centre, with benches and large areas of grass perfect to sit back and relax with a picnic. Look out particularly for Palmeira Square and Brunswick Square.

Visit the world’s oldest running Aquarium

The Sealife Centre by the Brighton Pier is the oldest running aquarium in the world. With sharks, stingrays and interactive rockpools, it’s a great way to keep children entertained whilst also teaching them something.

Visit the Royal Pavilion and museum

Even if you’re not in the mood to visit the Pavilion Museum and learn about the history of the building, the Pavilion Gardens make a great place to visit. There’s even a café in the gardens and you can usually find a busker in the middle.

Top 50 Things to Do in Brighton

If none of the above float your boat, take a look at for their top 50 things to do in the city.

With thanks to VisitBrighton for their tips!