Brighton is a lively seaside resort perfect for a weekend getaway or a day out with friends. Voted one of the Top 10 city break destinations in the world, whatever the weather, there's plenty to do. From relaxing on the world-famous beach or exploring the South Downs National Park, to enjoying the city's quirky shopping, vibrant nightlight and famous comedy scene, the city has something for everyone.

Things to do

Brighton is famous for its traditional seafront, full of beach-side attractions many of which are free. You can explore Brighton Palace Pier, grab an ice-cream, ride the helter skelter and play arcade games, or even experience the beach from a birds-eye view on British Airways i360 - the world's tallest moving observation tower. If you want to explore under the waves, Sea Life Brighton makes for a great day out, even when it isn't beach weather.

Brighton is famous for its quirky culture, including shopping. Down the twisting alleyways of The Lanes, you will find antique stores, jewellers and designer boutiques. There are over 300 independent shops to explore selling weird and wonderful products in the North Laine alongside eye-catching street art, including works by Banksy. When walking along the seafront, be sure to look out for hidden shops in the arches selling everything ice-cream, fashion, furniture, art and more.

The beachfront is also home to the city's nightlife, including pubs, nightclubs, comedy clubs and cabaret. There's plenty to choose from, with each offering their own unique experience. Brighton is also famous for being extremely welcoming to the LGBT community and is home to a number of well-known gay bars.

Brighton was a nice break as there was lots to do in the same place. We did a lot in one day from enjoying ice-cream on the pier, exploring the local shops and cafes and enjoying a night out in the evening. The city had a really friendly atmosphere.

Chirasree Mukherjee

MSc Management

Brighton gallery

Getting further afield

The easiest way to get to Brighton is via train. From Hatfield you will need to take a ThamesLink service into London St Pancras changing to Victoria for the Gatwick Express to Brighton.

The City is also easily accessible by car via the M25.