Days out to Brighton from London
Where is Brighton and how can I get there from London?
Brighton is a seaside location in England, situated between East Sussex and West Sussex. It is located 47 miles (75km) south of London. The train takes less than two hours from London Victoria or London Blackfriars – with faster trains available throughout the day to get there in one hour. Or you can travel there by car in less than two hours.
What are the best things to do in Brighton?
Being one of England’s most popular seaside towns, Brighton is an exciting mix of creativity, entertainment and culture, and is home to some of the country’s most unique historic attractions.
Brighton is within easy reach of London and, come rain or shine, there are so many exciting things to see and do at this popular seaside destination.
Whether you’re into old architecture and museums or modern art and shopping for vintage finds, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Grab a seat and take in the seaside views on Volk’s Electric Railway, the oldest electric railway in the world, play arcade games and eat hot sugary doughnuts on Brighton Palace Pier or admire the city from above on the Brighton i360.
Explore the seaside town
Take a stroll around North Laine, the cultural quarter of Brighton known for its vibrant and colourful street art. Here you’ll find independent restaurants, trendy cafes to grab a bite to eat and boutique retailers to browse for vintage goodies. This popular pedestrian-friendly area is just a short walk from Brighton Station.
For something a little more traditional, take a walk around The Lanes. This quaint old fishing village is home to characteristic pubs and antique shops, and is a hotspot for local culture and delicious foodie finds.
A vibrant food and drink scene
Brighton is a foodie's paradise full of lively cafes, restaurants and bars. From family-run pizzerias and Greek sharing-plate cuisine to boozy brunch spots and traditional cosy pubs, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Brighton was crowned "Vegan Capital of The World" in 2022 for its abundance of vegan restaurants and vegetarian-friendly eateries. For a taste of vegan cuisine, try fully vegan “fish” and chips at The No Catch Co. or sample vegan Italian delights at Purezza.
If you like old, characterful spots, make sure to visit The Cricketers. This pub dates back as far as 1547 and has retained its Victoria character and charm with plush red velvet seats, garish-patterned carpet and warm, dim lighting.
What are the best attractions and tours in Brighton and East Sussex?
Take a wander around the spectacular Royal Pavilion, a seaside pleasure palace renowned for its dazzling display of Regency grandeur with Indian architecture and Chinese-inspired interiors. Marvel at the restoration efforts to its original 1823 appearance and experience the heart of fashionable Regency society in the beautiful surrounding gardens.