Guide to the Best Family Adventures in Brighton

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Brighton might be more associated with stag and hen parties than family breaks, but this vibrant coastal city has plenty to offer for families of all kinds. Moreover, it’s within easy reach of the British capital and is often dubbed “London by the Sea”.

Brighton’s laidback atmosphere and hippy vibe make it a popular destination for active families, a perfect city break for teens who love the bohemian edge and funky shops. Above all, Brighton is a beautiful place to hang out, at the beach or in one of its bohemian cafes.

Here’s a guide to the best family adventures in Brighton

Explore Bright Pier

The Brighton Palace Pier in Brighton Beach is an iconic part of Brighton. Sitting alongside the beach, it’s one of the first things most people think of when they hear about Brighton, making it the city’s main tourist attraction.

For families with little kids, the Brighton Pier is a must-visit. It’s the last of the three piers serving Brighton and sees millions of visitors per year. It’s nearly half a kilometre long and offers almost every kind of entertainment possible, from rides to sideshows and funfair. There are also fast-food stalls and traditional sweet shops within the pier.

After spending some time at the pier, head to the i360 observation tower at the seafront along the dilapidated West Pier and climb up to its viewing pod. Here, you can enjoy 360-degree views of Brighton, including the South Downs and the Channel.

Picnic on Brighton Beach

If your kids are already big enough not to appreciate the fun rides at Brighton Palace Pier, the best thing you can do is to go picnic at Brighton Beach. Lined with lively eateries and beach huts, this pebbled beach is popular among families seeking fun under the sun.

If you are feeling active, you can try many fun sports activities, from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding and beach volleyball. But if you are not in the mood for some activities, grab a deckchair, relax, and watch the world go by. It’s not only about the beach since the beachfront promenade is also a destination in its own right. Check out the arches along the beachfront, home to various shops and restaurants. You will see more bars and restaurants serving everything from seafood to ice cream as you stroll along.

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After your picnic at Brighton Beach, check out the nearby attractions as well. Aside from the iconic Brighton Palace Pier, your kids will also find it a joy to explore the Sea Life, home to interesting wildlife, from turtles, seahorses, and sharks. At the east, you’ll also find the historic Volks Railway, the oldest electric railway in Britain.

Camping in the South Downs National Park

An hour drive from Brighton is the South Downs National Park, a beautiful nature park with diverse landscapes and an excellent place for a picnic. Getting the camping gear out and booking a campsite in the South Downs National Park is also a popular activity for families, where you can soak up the views of the Seven Sisters, a series of stunning sea cliffs off the coast of the English Channel.

While in South Downs, take time to explore Pulborough, a lovely village lying along the northern border of South Downs National Park. Home to only 5,000 inhabitants, Pulborough is a perfect example of a charming English village. There’s plenty to see in the area, including the South Downs Light Railway and Park Mound, which has the remains of an old Roman Castle.

Aside from exploring South Downs’ scenic towns and villages, take time to explore its scenic landscape. If you’re into hiking or cycling, conquer the South Downs Way. It runs for around a hundred miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and passes through the national park.

Visit Brighton Museum

For families who are into culture, arts, and history, the Brighton Museum is worth visiting. It houses one of the most significant and eclectic collections outside national institutions. The museum features dynamic and innovative art galleries, including 20th Century Arts, fashion, design, and fine arts. It also features exciting interactive displays that appeal to kids of all ages. Aside from the permanent collections, they also feature temporary exhibitions from time to time.

Brighton Museum is free to visit and offers loads of fun activities for all ages, from kid’s workshops, family events, tours, and talks. It’s in the same building as the Royal Pavilion estate, which has a beautiful garden that’s also a joy to explore. You and your kids will learn more about Brighton’s colourful history as you explore the museum. At the “Fashion and Style” gallery, you’ll discover fashion for all ages. Meanwhile, the 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Gallery will showcase the world of Art Nouveau, and you’ll see changing temporary displays at the “Spotlight” gallery.

Day Coach Trip to London

A coach holiday is the type of holiday where you will spend at least one night in coach transport, exploring interesting places around the UK, such as in Brighton. You will have different options for a coach holiday. You can book the coach travel and hotel or the package that includes excursions and activities. Depending on which places you prefer to visit, the coach holiday can be based in a single location or multiple locations. Most of these coach holidays are on a half-board basis, which means your breakfast and dinner are included.

Your coach holidays to Brighton will include lots of exploration. Most of your time will be spent discovering distinguished architectures and many other interesting attractions. One of the attractions you will visit on your coach holiday is the Indian themed Royal Pavilion at the centre of Old Steine. It features Chinese style interiors, pagodas, domes, and other decorative pieces imported from China and India. Meanwhile, the Old Steine is the city’s floral centre, featuring gorgeous flowerbeds, a water fountain, and a cosy cafe. The seaside resort town of Brighton also boasts excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife.

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