In the summer, the city is simply awash with visitors enjoying the beautiful weather with an ice cream, all against the backdrop of the beach and the famous Brighton Pier.
Brighton's Victorian Pier is filled with amusements, fairground attractions, an arcade, bars, restaurants and the famous Palm Court fish and chip restaurant. The pier is great for kids, with a variety of children's rides and the Turbo Coaster and Twister, designed for thrill seeking adults.
Brighton's pebble beach has Blue Flag status to mark its quality and cleanliness, and becomes especially busy and bustling during the summer. The seafront is home to cool cafes and funky bars and there are lots of beach and water sports or sailing activities to try out. When the sun sets the bars and clubs come alive with some of the best club nights in the country.
Ocean depths, dive into the past
The ideal place for a journey to the depths of the ocean is Brighton's Sea Life, where you can venture from interactive rock pools and shark and turtle viewings to a jellyfish discovery exhibition. The kids are guaranteed to love seeing over 150 species of animals and taking part in a range of activities.
For a journey into the past, The Royal Pavilion is simply a must visit attraction. Once a palace of George IV, it was transformed into a stunning exotic building in 1815. It is now the home of works of art and beautiful gardens fit for a king. You can even dine in The Royal Pavilion tearoom and look over the balcony at the stunning garden views. Another must-see historical attraction is Preston Manor, where you can relive the atmosphere of an Edwardian Manor House.
If you're interested in really seeing the whole of Brighton, then rather than taking an open top bus around the more popular areas you could instead embark on a Brighton City Walk, a 90 minute guided walk all around the old town of Brighton, where you can learn all about the historic areas of the city.