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Take the train and explore the best of Brighton

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Home to some of England’s most iconic tourist attractions and offering a wonderful combination of city cool and seaside fun, it’s no wonder trains to Brighton are routinely packed with eager holidaymakers.

Whether you like a quiet walk on the beach or you’re the kind of traveller who prefers to spend the day pounding the streets hunting for bargains or cultural treasures, there’s plenty to entertain in this exciting city…

Places to see in Brighton

• Enjoy crunching along Brighton’s Blue Flag pebble beach with an ice cream cone or a hot chocolate in hand, depending what time of year you choose to visit.

• When the sun goes down, the waterfront is transformed into the perfect nightspot, with excellent clubs and pubs nestled under beautiful Victorian beachfront arches.

• Spend some time searching for treasures in Brighton’s North Lane, home to many gorgeous cafes, boutique shops and colourful bars and enjoy the atmosphere in the city’s new cultural quarter.

• Get a glimpse of the Regency architecture the region is famous for by paying a visit to Brunswick Town in Hove. Brunswick Square and Brunswick Terrace are perfect examples of the much vaunted style of the Brunswick estate.

• No visit to the city would be complete without a promenade along Brighton Pier. This Victorian Pier is not only beautiful to look at, but is also home to lots of great bars and restaurants, some excellent fairground attractions and the charming Palace of Fun Arcade.

Things to do in Brighton

• Get a good look at Brighton from above by taking a sedate spin in the exciting Brighton Wheel. Located on the seafront, it’s the perfect sightseeing opportunity.

• Brighton is a great place to try your hand at boating and at Brighton Marina Watersports. You can rent a yacht, dinghy or powerboat and speed along the Sussex coast.

• Don’t miss out on a trip to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. This state-of-the-art visitor attraction enjoyed a £10 million redevelopment that created some really innovative and dynamic displays. Check out everything from fashion and style to world art.

• Art lovers should also be sure to scehdule some time to enjoy Fabrica, an amazing contemporary art gallery that’s housed in a former Regency church in the centre of the city.

• If shopping is more your scene, head along to the Brighton Marina for a wander around a huge selection of discounted designer doors on the seafront or visit Kemp Town for smaller, more local shopping fun.

• You can also chill out among some greenery in one of Brighton and Hove’s astonishing number of parks and gardens. With 98 to choose from, including the beautiful Queen’s Park, peaceful Royal Pavilion Gardens and historic Kipling Gardens, you’ll find the ideal place to relax.

Brighton Festival

When you’re planning your train trip to Brighton, why not time it so you can make the most of the annual Brighton Festival. Taking place every May, this cultural extravaganza brings 100s of performances to the city, ranging from dance and theatre shows to art exhibitions and circus acts.

It’s now England’s largest arts festival and a major milestone on the international calendar. During the three weeks of the festival, Brighton is transformed in to real a cultural hotspot with shows to suit all tastes. But be sure to book your accommodation and tickets ahead of time to be guaranteed entry and always check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you go to help save money.

Are you planning a trip to Brighton or do you have inside knowledge of some great things to do there? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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