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Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

1. 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: British Airways i360 Ticket

2. 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 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 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. Visit Middle Farm, a traditional farm that has been in 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. Head to Seaford Head for the iconic views of the Seven Sisters. Before stopping 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 in the evening. 

Seven Sisters: E-Biking Tour

7. 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.

From Brighton: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Trip

8. 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: Bar Crawl of Five Venues with Drink Deals & Shots

9. Brighton: Bar Crawl of Five Venues with Drink Deals & Shots

First time in Brighton or a fellow Brightonian wanting an amazing night out? Look no further than Brighton Pub Crawl. England’s most famous seaside town full of pebbled beaches, fish and chips and good times! Nicknamed ‘London on Sea’ enjoy all the best parts of the famous seaside town without the hussle and bussle of the capital! We’ll guide you free the best bars on the sea front and in town with free shots, Q-Jump, discounted drinks over multiple bars so you don’t have to worry about anything but getting lit! Experience a night out like never before with our best drink deals and free shots. Guess what? All this and only from £10! That’s right. We will save you an average of £50+ from your night out. The best way to meet new people, get value for money with free shots, speedy entry, and fun party games!

Brighton: British Airways i360 Sky Walk Entry Ticket

10. Brighton: British Airways i360 Sky Walk Entry Ticket

Walk through the air at 138 meters high on the British Airways i360 tower. Lean back and enjoy the sensation. Get a photo taken with the views of Brighton beneath you.   Arrive at British Airways i360 and meet your instructors who will help you with your safety harness and brief you on the experience. Board the giant glass viewing pod and glide up slowly to 138 meters high. Admire the stunning views of Brighton and the coastline as you go.    Once at full height, be guided by an instructor to the ladder between the pod and the tower. Get clipped onto a safety system to climb up this short ladder. Then, be secured by your harness to the safety rail on top of the pod.  Spend up to an hour exploring the skywalk and pod. Experience the rush as you look down at the streets beneath you. Pose for photos as you walk the full i360 loop on the glass pod.  At the end of the walk, there will be time on the pod before you descend to relax and purchase drinks at the sky bar. Receive two digital photographs that will capture you at different points on the walk. 

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What people are saying about Brighton

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,500 reviews

Our tour was excellent! Adam, our guide, was very knowledgeable of the area, engaging, caring and funny and made sure all of us were well taken care of and had a good experience. It was really lovely to experience the English Seaside communities, pastoral views through back roads and books and crannies we would have never found on our own and of course the cliffs are uniquely beautiful. We had a major setback that day with our flights out of England to Norway for the next leg of our trip having been unceremoniously cancelled by Heathrow as the travel nightmare continues, so much of my day was consumed with desperately trying to find alternative travel options which proved to be a nightmare- but Adam was very sympathetic, pulsed other travelers for chargers for my phone since the web searches were draining my batteries, was caring, and supportive. My (grown) children and I felt we were in good hands and would not hesitate to book another tour with this tour group.

The tour lived up to expectations. The guide was well informed and presented information in a relevant and engaging way. The tour was well devised with just the right amount of time spent at the major spots. Would definitely recommend the tour to others. For me the highlight was the ferry crossing - seeing so many boats and ships was unreal.

good queuing system and security checks friendly staff there is limited vocal commentary reasonable priced drinks on board the pod good value for money

Easily booked. Royal Pavilion Brighton was stunning. Tickets available even offline so no worries when entering venue.

There is a great view from all sides. I recommend it.