There is no day trip destination quite like Brighton. Whether the sun’s out or not, this is the place to be. Brighton has the perfect mix of an old-school, nostalgia pier (yep, there’s an arcade), and vibrant, winding shopping streets, full of seriously trendy vegan cafés and long-standing markets for thrifting.
Oh, and there’s the beach. Lined with ice-cream shops, bustling beach bars, and now the much-anticipated Sea Lanes (opened in June 2023), you can spend whole days here sipping tinnies and tucking into fish and chips – just beware of the seagulls. From feminist bookshops to indie galleries, here are the best things to do in Brighton right now.
🥙 The best restaurants in Brighton
☕ The best coffee shops in Brighton
👚 The best places to go shopping in Brighton
🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Brighton
This guide was recently updated by Eleanor Forrest, a writer based in Brighton. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.