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
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.
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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.
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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