Brighton is a wonderful place with lots to do in it. As the city is quite small, you can easily walk between all of the major sights and when you need a break, there will always be a good pub or cafe nearby.
The sumptuously furnished former seaside residence of King George IV, the Pavilion is an exotic mix of Indian and English architecture, created mainly the 1820s by John Nash. You can enjoy the outside and the gardens it is set in for free - a great way to have lunch on a summer's day - and pay for a tour of the inside to see some incredible rooms and paintings.
At the edge of Pavilion Gardens, the museum is free to enter. It houses many local artefacts and traces Brighton's origins as a small fishing village through it's rise in popularity as a seaside resort during Edwardian and Victorian times, to it's modern incarnation as a popular tourist city and hub of the UK digital industry. The museum is also home to exhibits of local design work. Although small, the museum is perfectly formed and it's well worth putting on your things to do list.
Famously pebbly, Brighton beach is enjoyed by thousands every weekend of the summer. There is sand to enjoy when the tide is out, and if it isn't, you can sunbathe on the pebbles or enjoy one of the many seafront pubs and cafes. When you've had enough sun, why not pop in to the Fishing Museum or an art gallery? Both of these and more are housed at the top of the beach, below the prom.
The Palace Pier (also known as the Brighton Pier) is open year round and is home to arcades and a full funfair including a roller-coaster. If you have active children, this is an excellent way to keep them entertained while you watch from a safe distance.
An enormous Ferris wheel sitting a hundred yards from the Pier, the Brighton Wheel rises 50 metres above sea level and gives you views across the city and the sea. A three revolution ride will give you plenty of time to spot Brighton's best landmarks, and if you like comedian Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) you can ask for a special commentary guide where he introduces you to the city and sights.
Looking for gifts for friends and family, or want to treat yourself? Head for the Lanes, between North Street and the sea, or the North Laine area, between Trafalgar Road and North Street, to find all of Brighton's best shops. The North Laine especially has lots of independent retailers, so if you want a particularly quirky and 'Brighton' gift, this is the place to browse.
Brighton is covered in pubs and happily thanks to the very high competition, has very few bad ones. The easiest way to find a pub in Brighton is to walk down the road and turn the corner, if you haven't seen one on the way, you'll see one around the corner. We've written about Brighton's Best Pubs here.
There are also a huge range of coffee shops across the city, both the big chains like Starbucks and Costa, and lots and lots of independent places who do excellent coffee. The North Laine has a number of good coffee shops including Coffee@33, Redwood, and the Brighton Coffee Company.
If you're looking to go out to a club, we recommend avoiding the most mainstream clubs on West Street and instead investigating between St James's Street and the beach. There are many clubs, big and small, catering to all sorts of musical tastes, and there's bound to be something you'll enjoy going on there.
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