Family weekend activities in Brighton

You can never get bored on a trip to Brighton, even if you’ve been there a dozen times before. Some things will always stay the same – the famous beach, pier and those lovely colourful beach huts. But there are so many little streets, shops and restaurants to find, not to mention all the fun stuff you can do on and off the water, and you can’t pack it all into one visit.

The great thing is it’s so easy to get to and you can keep going back for more. It only takes an hour on the train from London to travel to Brighton, and the station is right in the city centre, meaning you can get exploring from the word go.

Outdoor activities

If you’re up for releasing a shot or two of adrenaline, then the Brighton Zip is the place to go – a 300-metre long dual zip wire that flings you along Brighton Beach at a rate of knots.

Otherwise, why not head into the sea itself? You can either swim or enjoy one of the many watersports available, including paddle boarding and kayaking.

Or if you’d rather be active but stay dry, Brighton is ideal for cycling, with many coastal routes that take you along the surrounding clifftops.

brighton pier at nighttime

Attractions

Brighton’s most famous landmark is the Brighton Pier, and the kids will absolutely love it, with two amusement arcades, fairground rides, and the town’s biggest indoor soft play area.  You can buy wristbands online to save money on all the rides on the pier.

Then make sure you check out the amazing Royal Pavilion – a grand seaside palace where you can see Queen Victoria’s bedroom and more than 120 Royal Collection treasures from Buckingham Palace.

Family weekend activities in Brighton pavillion

And to get an amazing bird’s eye view of the town, head to the British Airways i360. You won’t have to climb up the 450-feet to the lookout – the viewing pod does that for you, as it glides up to give you 360-degree views over the city, the South Downs and the surrounding coastline.  It looks amazing!

Where to eat

It’s a crime to visit Brighton without some traditional seaside chippy chips.  Check out the best fish and chips in Brighton on Tripadvisor for the best places to visit as voted by people like you!

Alternatively, there are plenty of restaurants situated close to the waterfront for you to enjoy a relaxing and tasty meal, as well as so many vegan eateries – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Family weekend activities in Brighton

Shopping

Those looking for retail therapy should head straight for The Lanes – a charming part of the city centre with a maze of narrow, winding streets full of boutique, vintage and quirky shops selling designer fashion, jewellery, antiques and food. It’s perfect for shopaholics, obviously, but also great for families with slightly older children who love to explore.

If you’ve never been to Brighton before, there’s something about the vibrancy of the place that captures you. If you’ve visited already, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’ve seen it all – there are plenty more surprises around the corner.

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Family weekend activities in Brighton