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5 of the best Brighton family attractions

June 8, 2019

Bubbly, beaming, fun-loving Brighton. What’s not to love! Who would have thought that this English seaside resort town is just an hour south from central London on the train? It certainly offers a dynamic contrast for families who are accustomed to a busy life in the city, that’s for sure. Renowned for its uplifting ambience, open-minded locals, and bright, bold culture, Brighton is a great choice for your next family break.

But beyond seaside paddling, donkey rides, and sandcastles, just what is there to do in Brighton town? While you may as well make the most of the free fun on the beach, and embrace British seaside culture by enjoying fish and chips between arcade sprints, there’s also a tonne of attractions to add to your Brighton itinerary.

Whether you’re heading to Brighton for a family break or you’re local and looking for weekend inspiration, here are five of Brighton’s best family attractions.

Brighton’s best family attractions

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SEA LIFE Brighton

Although when we imagine a seaside break, we automatically assume sunshine, it’s unlikely the sun will do you proud each day of your break. When your trip to the beach is rained off, it doesn’t have to mean you miss out on all-things-sea.

SEA LIFE Brighton promises visitors a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths. Notably, this SEA LIFE is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, still featuring a huge variety of exhibits with over 3500 creatures.

Check out Kippers and Curtains review of SEA LIFE Brighton

Drusillas Park

Just a short drive to the west of Brighton, Drusillas Park is always rated highly with family visitors and is well worth the journey. In fact, the park has been rated Europe’s best small zoo, thanks to its diverse array of animals and an extensive list of activities. Children will go crazy for the adventure parks, keeper experiences, and walk-through ‘nose-to-nose’ animal exhibits.

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery at the Royal Pavilion

After a spot of lunch at a nearby family-friendly restaurant, why not pop by the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, located in the city’s cultural quarter. It’s always interesting to discover the legacy of individual British towns and nowhere tells the arts and history of Brighton quite like this visitor attraction. Perhaps, a quick visit will make for a real conversation starter during your time together in the seaside town.

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Brighton Palace Pier

If you were hoping to treat the children to some quintessential British seaside fun, look no further than Brighton Palace Pier. Overflowing with traditional fairground treats including rides, sideshows, attractive arcades, this is wholesome fun for all ages. If you do plan to visit, don’t forget to purchase your wristbands online in advance to save 25 per cent on pier prices.

Toy and Model Museum

A museum of toys and models? Amazing. That’s sure to be a guaranteed hit with all your kids, both boys and girls. A treasure trove of toys and models, this independent Brighton museum invites you to take a journey through time from periods long forgotten up to the mid-20th century. Rediscover our favourite play pieces, produced within the UK and Europe.

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  • michelle twin mum June 8, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    We live fairly close to Brighton and I’ve not heard of the toy and model museum, so I’ll have to check it out, thanks, Mich x

  • Patrick June 9, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Sounds like a delightful way to spend a day with a lot of different activities!

  • Rhian westbury June 9, 2019 at 10:13 am

    It’s been a while since I properly went to Brighton, last time it was just for dinner and a gig. You can’t beat a sealife centre though! x

  • Kara June 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I would also add the i360 – its lovely to be able to view the coast so far. We love Drusilla’s too

  • Louise June 10, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I love Brighton! I’ve always gone with friends, boyfriends or my parents once back in the day, but I don’t doubt that it’s a great family place! x

  • Emma Raphael June 10, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I really love Brighton for a weekend, it’s such a lovely place to visit! Need to go again soon! 🙂

  • Emma June 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I haven’t been to Brighton for many years, but I reckon my kids would love it!

  • Cerys @ Travelled So Far June 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve only ever been to the Sea Life Centre Brighton but nowhere else I dropped off some creatures there once and that was it as I had to get back! It does look fabulous and I think that the kids would love it. #MustSeePlaces

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