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Things to do in Brighton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pier
“For a belt and braces fun time on rides and the two penny slot machines our kids love, the pier is always worth a visit. Buy books if ride tokens if you’re taking things seriously as they’re cheaper ”
  • 226 locals recommend
History Museum
“Last weekend I took advantage of the annual free admission day and visited the Royal Pavilion. Now I’ve finally I been inside, I wonder why I left it so long.”
  • 229 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The best views in the city. On a clear day it’s is definitely worth the ride up. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“70's, there's no getting away from it, it'll take you back :) Cool street art, wonderful buskers and funky shops.”
  • 192 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Brighton’s biggest comedy club. Always something on Friday and Saturday night and often during the week too. ”
  • 151 locals recommend
Newsstand
“The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. 10% discount when booked online.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Great place for big groups serving delicious contemporary Indian cuisine. It’s become an iconic city restaurant over the years. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Lovely arthouse one-screen cinema down the hill at Preston Circus. The oldest cinema in Britain in continuous use, in 2012 it was voted the best cinema in the UK. Treat yourself to cake, wine and a comfy spot on one of the balcony sofas.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus huge choice of places to eat with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links. There is also a Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. An added bonus is free parking there ;0)”
  • 116 locals recommend
Entertainment
“If you're into unique homeware bits and pieces, old and new, definitely pop in here for a meander. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“An absolute Brighton institution, making vegetarian food so delicious any meat devotee would leave happy - a classic! ”
  • 113 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A brilliant music venue that also showcases comedy, dance and much more. Check what’s on and see if there are spare tickets left ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Probably the best shopping centre in the area - all your favourites. Catch the 12 bus from Eastbourne alighting at Churchill Square.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Pub
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“Brighton: Good Sunday Lunch. Traditional pub. Great for a pint if you're heading into town.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Theatre
“Overlooking the Royal Pavilion Gardens, see their Website to find out what's on.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
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“Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created”
  • 80 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Indian Restaurant
“Great place for big groups serving delicious contemporary Indian cuisine. It’s become an iconic city restaurant over the years. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“An absolute Brighton institution, making vegetarian food so delicious any meat devotee would leave happy - a classic! ”
  • 113 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
“Brighton: Innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek industrial-style space with an open kitchen. Like Etch – eager to be one of the best restaurants in the region. Get a seat at the kitchen bar and see your food being created”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bar
“A dapper looking lounge bar in The Lanes that boasts some of the most raucous shindigs in town, The Mesmerist is a bar in Brighton inspired by all things unconventional. Sourcing vintage decor and wares in abundance, it's doused in indulgent prohibition tones, bottled trinkets and antiquarian flair offering an extensive cocktail and wine menu. Enjoy live music and entertainment!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“The Coal Shed Brighton has positioned itself as one of the leading steak and seafood venues in the city and is situated in the heart of The Lanes. The concept is quite unique, take a real charcoal Josper oven, use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can find then cook the ingredients to perfection! The Coal Shed produces great quality signature dishes such as 500g of 35 day dry-aged roast beef available on Sunday’s 12-4pm. Also, at the Coal Shed Brighton they have rotating daily specials and they offer different cuts of meat to suit different tastes, plus they have vegetarian dishes and a children’s menu.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Similar to Riddle and Finns on the beach, but this restaurant is nestled in the heart of "The Laines". Very popular and dining is on tall stools and tables, it's cosy and not the biggest restaurant, however a great atmosphere. Again, seafood is the speciality.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“As an absolute foodie, this is one of my favorite Fish restaurants in Brighton. A good choice of fresh dishes on the menu coupled with some amazing cocktails from the bar means you can't really go wrong here. There is outside seating should you want to admire some of the many amazing sunsets with your Beau. I would highly recommend it.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near the famous Brighton Dome, numerous shops and the Theatre Royal. Signatures on the menu include cicheti such as fried stuffed olives, arancini, fritto misto and sliced flank steak. Polpo would not be complete without a spritz, and served with both Aperol and Campari, alongside Negronis and Bellinis. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

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