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Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

1. Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

Enjoy views across Brighton, the South Downs and the Sussex coastline from a fully enclosed futuristic glass pod. Learn about the many area landmarks seen from BAi360, using the free viewing map and free app. Enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, serving a range of local drinks including Nyetimber, an award-winning sparkling wine. Visit the beach building for the British Airways i360: How it Was Built exhibition. Enjoy a meal at West Beach Bar & Kitchen or West Beach Cafe, or browse the BAi360 shop for a range of gifts and souvenirs, many created by local Brighton artists.

Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

2. Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

The Royal Pavilion has a colorful history stretching back 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become an icon of Brighton. In the mid-1780s George, Prince of Wales, rented a small lodging house overlooking a fashionable promenade in Brighton. Brighton was developing from a decayed fishing town to an established seaside retreat for the rich and famous, being close to London, and after George was sworn in as Prince Regent in 1811 he commissioned John Nash to begin the transformation from modest villa into the magnificent palace that we see today. Walk through the lavish state rooms on the ground floor including the banqueting room, the music room, the magnificent recently restored saloon, and the great kitchen. Explore further rooms upstairs, including Queen Victoria's bedroom. Learn about the use of the building as a military hospital for Indian soldiers during the first world war.

Brighton Zip Line Experience Ticket

3. Brighton Zip Line Experience Ticket

Fly over the seafront and famous beach of Brighton on the longest and fastest zip line on the south coast of England. Climb the impressive spiral staircase to reach the 32-meter high zip line platform. Choose the dual zip line option and race against your friends and family. Reach high speeds as you zip straight into the hull of a boat landing stage on the beach. Avail of the tasty food options, including fish and chips and scampi and mushy peas. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try out the gelateria van, or donuts on slightly colder days.

City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Brighton is one of the south-coast's most popular resorts, with something for all the family. Take a 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off bus tour to discover the flavor of this city. The Brighton City Sightseeing Tour has a thoroughly entertaining commentary with fascinating facts and figures that even some of the locals don't know. The tour takes in many highlights including the Pier, The Lanes, Royal Pavilion, Marina and the main shopping areas. Red Route: Stop 1 - Palace Pier Stop 2 - King's Road Stop 3 - Grand Avenue Stop 4 - Hove, Palmeira SquareStop 5 - St Anns Well GardensStop 6 - Brighton StationStop 7 - Clock TowerStop 8 - Brighton Pavilion/Old SteineStop 9 - Royal Crescent/Bedford StreetStop 10 - Brighton Marina/Seattle HotelStop 11 - Madeira Terrace

From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

5. From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

Catch the train to Brighton from London (all transport included) and climb aboard a luxury minibus on arrival. Journey to the beautiful South Downs and marvel at the rolling hills created over thousands of years by grazing animals. Visit Devil's Dyke to appreciate the view across the lowland weald, and learn how the landscape was formed before making your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines or cider from Sussex. Middle Farm will be our lunch stop where the quaint tea rooms serve light lunches and snacks, you can also get a coffee or tea on us. Continue along country lanes to Seven Sisters Country Park to see the Neolithic carving of the Longman of Wilmington. Go for a walk to Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white cliffs before traveling to Birling Gap to look at the dramatic coastal erosion and to get your first glimpse of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Stop at Seaford Head to enjoy an iconic view of the Seven Sisters. Your Guide will take you on a walk around the headland to get the best views of the cliffs and stunning scenery.

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

6. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your guide at the conveniently-located Brighton pick-up point. Board an airconditioned vehicle with plenty of space. Relax as you take in views of an ancient landscape of rolling chalk hills that were created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Admire stunning views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created from your guide. Stop for a snack break at Middle Farm, a traditional Sussex farm that has been with the same family for over 200 years.  Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs. Pass through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs. Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet.  Stop at Seaford Head for the iconic views of The Seven Sisters. Before returning to Brighton, stop in the village of Rottingdean. Stroll through the gardens of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, before transferring back to the city center of Brighton at 5:00 PM.

From Brighton: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Trip

7. From Brighton: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Trip

To begin your jam-packed day, visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world — a must-see during any visit to England. Spanning back over 5,000 years of history, Stonehenge remains one of the world's great unsolved mysteries. The monument endures as a source of inspiration and fascination and, for many, a place of worship and celebration. An audioguide tour will accompany your walk around the stones. You can also visit the new, world-class visitor center, which is proud home to permanent and temporary exhibitions, plus a spacious shop and cafe. At the stone circle, a sense of context and dignity is returned to the monument.  In the afternoon, set off on a scenic drive to Bath. With over 2,000 years of history and streets lined with elegant, honey-colored Georgian houses, no other city rivals the breathtaking beauty of Bath. You will see the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and the delightful Pulteney Bridge. Learn how the Romans arrived in Bath in the first century, discovered Britain's only existing hot water springs, and built a bathing complex. This complex now stands as Britain's greatest memorial to the Roman era. Toward the end of the tour, take some free time for shopping and to visit the city's many other attractions.

Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

8. Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

Enjoy an early morning, afternoon or evening "electric" Mountain Bike along the scenic Brighton coastline. Set up your day with a fresh start, ask questions about Brighton and surrounding area so you can get the most out of your Brighton visit. Copy and paste the U Tube Video clip of the cliffs here: https://youtu.be/YphKWTRjIuc If you prefer to self-guide, your guide will show you where to go and provide a short guided route to the seafront to get you going. Take the freedom to please yourself. Fit the correct size bike / helmet and do a quick test ride to make sure your confident. Head to Brighton seafront and ride along to Rottingdean via the British Airways i360 tower and famous piers. The Undercliffs trails provide the perfect ride for the even most inexperienced rider as its flat and smooth. Once arriving in Rottingdean, ride back to the Marina along the top of the cliffs on the dedicated bike path, or for the adventurous and more experienced rider, you can take the off-road coastal trail back to Brighton. The cliff top has an amazing view of the Sussex coastline. If your confident you can take the offroad trail which runs next to the cycle lane. Take on a great way to see Brighton and a good chance to familiarize yourself with the local and surrounding areas and get insights about Brighton from a local. Your most welcome to ride back on your own taking the sites at your own pace.

From Brighton: Isle of Wight Full-Day Trip via Portsmouth

9. From Brighton: Isle of Wight Full-Day Trip via Portsmouth

Meet in central Brighton and travel by bus to the nearby city of Portsmouth. Learn about Britain's naval history before traveling to the Isle of Wight via the Wightlink Ferry. Get a great photo of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower and its historic dockyard as you depart. Arrive at Fishbourne shortly before noon. Take a scenic 20-minute drive to the charming village of Godshill. Upon arrival, discover its medieval church and see its 500-year-old thatched cottages, tea shops, and the Model Village. Explore the village with your guide and learn more about local history. Continue to Alum Bay, famous for its multi-colored sand cliffs and "the Needles". Choose between a chairlift ride or a walk down the steps to the picturesque beach. Enjoy the views of this scenic location, with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. After some time here, travel back to Fishbourne for a 6:00 PM journey back to the mainland, followed by drop-off in Brighton.

Seven Sisters: E-Biking Tour

10. Seven Sisters: E-Biking Tour

A bike tour adapted to your preferences. Ride modern mountain bikes along the Sussex coastline from Seaford train station along the Cuckmere River to the historic village of Alfriston, or choose the Rathfinny Winery Route out to the top of the South Downs to take in the views of the distant North Downs, before riding downhill for a well deserved lunch break in the historic village of Alfriston. After lunch you can take either the Friston Forest route to see some World War II bomb craters located in the heart of the forest, you can even choose to ride down them! The second option is the easier route along the road to the Seaford Cliffs to view the famous Seven Sisters, before a short ride back to Seaford train station taking in views of Seaford and the surrounding views from the top of the Seaford Cliffs. Ride time is around 3 hours (not including travel time), you are able to do as much or as little riding as you like as everyone has different levels of ability. Allow at least 5 hours or more for the total ride and train, with the trip from Brighton to Seaford taking 30 minutes by train and costing £3.30 return.

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What people are saying about Brighton

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,381 reviews

We just finished our guided tour to the seven sisters and it was everything we wanted and more! The tour guide Lawrence was so funny and friendly. He shared a lot of knowledge with us. Expect to do some walking. Although you are driven around to the sites my husband and I racked up 10k steps each. The tour was supposed to end at the train station but Lawrence offered to take people to Brighton Pier if you wanted which he didn’t have to do. I would recommend this company for any your.

Our 2nd time on this wonderful trip. Just as good as first time around. A very informative and well presented tour of the South downs. Very comfortable in the bus even though it was full.

Gerry was a great guide. Informative yet funny. Loved how he explained everything with so much zeel. Kudos to discovery travels for maintaining such a gem!!

Very very polite, professional staff and smooth driving. Many thanks for a wonderful experience.

Guide was informative and very friendly. Fun tour that took us around Brighton