Must-Visit Places in Brighton for Tourists to Explore

Royal Pavilion

Brighton prides itself on its reputation as a cultural and environmental powerhouse. It remains a culturally vibrant destination and one of the most popular places to visit in England, especially in summer. This post will refer to the must-visit places in Brighton for tourists to explore.

Must-Visit Places in Brighton

1. Royal Pavilion

must-visit places in Brighton: Royal Pavilion


As a stylish 20-something, the Prince Regent first came to Brighton in 1783 and before long he was spending so much of his leisure time at the town that he commissioned a seaside palace. The architect was John Nash, also known for London’s Regent Street and Buckingham Palace.

The initial palace was Neoclassical, but in 1815, not long before he became King, George ordered Nash to redesign the building to reflect his taste for the oriental.

With its onion domes and minarets, the marvelous Royal Pavilion could easily be mistaken for a mosque.

2. Brighton Palace Pier

No trip to the seaside would be complete without a visit to a pier, with its amusement arcades, joke shops, and fish-and-chip stands. Thanks to its decorative ironwork and majestic setting, Brighton’s Victorian-era Palace Pier is undoubtedly one of the country’s most attractive landmarks.

Jutting out to sea like the upper deck of a steamship on spindly iron legs, Palace Pier is the sole survivor of the town’s three original piers. Built-in 1891 and stretching some 1,700 feet from shore, it has lost none of its appeals.

In addition to its dining and shopping, the pier also boasts other fun things to do, including state-of-the-art thrill rides and game arcades.

3. Pavilion Gardens

Pavilion Gardens


Not to be outdone by the shadows of spires and onion domes, the promenade winding through the Royal Pavilion and its neighbor the Brighton Dome is worth a stroll any day of the year but is most resplendent in the spring and early summer. The Pavilion Gardens regularly plays host to a variety of events, including small outdoor concerts and horticultural shows, and there’s even a small café on the fringes, so you can enjoy a coffee in this idyllic setting.

This is one of the must-visit places in Brighton you must explore.

4. The Lanes

When Brighton was a humble fishing village the quarter now know as the Lanes was the core of the settlement. This neighborhood has the dual appeal of being the oldest part of the city and one of the best places to dine, shop and visit to paint the town red.

The Lanes is a labyrinth of narrow alleys often no wider than an arm span.

They twist through a ravine of painted two-storey buildings, which differ more from Brighton Regency and Victorian townhouses.

Come to this cozy part of the city for cafes, bakeries, antique shops, hand-made jewelry boutiques, and walk to the tune of the buskers that have long been a fixture of the quarter.

5. North Laine

must-visit places in Brighton: North Laine


Between Brighton Railway Station and the Royal Pavilion, North Laine is a hip shopping district where more than 300 shops are crammed into less than half a square mile.

In Medieval Times the compact grid of streets at North Laine was a network of tracks around farming plots, and after these were paved over in the 19th century the area became an overcrowded slum.

In the 20th century, the whole area was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment but was rescued as a Conservation Area in the 70s, allowing it to flourish into the current bohemian district of vintage shops, design boutiques, music stores, and trendy cafes.

There’s a community of designers making a living at studios in North Laine, producing metalwork, glassware, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, and clothing.

6. British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive new attractions on England’s south coast, the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower is a must-do on any Brighton itinerary. Replacing the Brighton Wheel as the town’s tallest structure (the wheel has since been dismantled), this 531-foot-tall seafront tower opened in 2016 to great fanfare as the world’s first vertical cable car and tallest moving observation tower.

Resembling a huge needle (and referred to as a “vertical pier”), the structure’s circular observation platform can lift up to 200 people to heights of 453 feet for a spectacular view of the surrounding area and over the English Channel. Other features include a tearoom and gift shop. For a real treat, check into the availability of the attraction’s food and drink options and time your visit for one of their regular special events.


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