England is blessed with stunning seaside destinations and amongst the finest sits Brighton.
This small city in Sussex packs in volumes of culture, character and personality, making it a firm favourite for anyone looking to book a holiday cottage in the area.
Brighton is home to a whole host of museums, galleries, restaurants, picturesque beaches, the oldest county cricket side and as of August, a Premier League football side. There is so much to see and do in the city, but here we whittle it down to the best days out.
Brighton & Hove Albion Stadium Tour
After a fantastic season in the second tier of English football, Brighton & Hove Albion have been promoted to the Premier League. Next season – starting in August – fans and visitors to the area can look forward to hosting the best football teams and players in the country.
So why not get a taste of top-flight football with a tour of the Amex Stadium? The tour of this state-of-the-art facility lasts just under two hours as you are guided through the tiers, lounges, trophy room, museum, changing rooms and more.
We spoke to Jenny who told us a little more about the stadium and what you can expect if you book a tour:
“Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club play at the award winning American Express Community Stadium. Come and experience the excitement and drama of a Premier League football match in the ultimate surroundings. The world-class American Express Community stadium boasts over 30,000 padded seats, award winning pies and is considered one of the best match day experiences for fans in the UK.”
“Tickets for matches can be hard to purchase, particularly for the bigger matches, but the club offers a superb tour of the Amex, which leaves a lasting impression of this iconic sporting venue. Guided public tours take place at set times on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays (plus match days with 3pm kick off).”
“Tours last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and visits: The West upper, hospitality lounges, Trophy room, press areas, changing rooms, dug outs/pitch side and the Albion museum.”
You can book onto one of these online at seagullstickets.com. Alternatively call the Albion booking line 0844 327 1901 or visit our Amex ticket office.”
This is a fantastic day out for any sports fan and a great opportunity to explore one of the most state-of-the-art stadiums in the country.
Brighton Fishing Museum
Brighton Fishing Museum is the best way to see how the city has transformed itself from a vibrant fishing village into the bohemian hub for culture that we see today.
Through the medium of film, photography, paintings and memorabilia the museum reveals the history of Brighton’s fishing community and how influential the sea has been. You can find the museum in Brighton’s Fishing Quarter, where the area’s fishing industry is still thriving today.
The significance of the coast is felt throughout Brighton, with everyone descending on the beaches and the Marina when the weather is favourable.
You can comfortably spend the day in the Marina safe in the knowledge that there is plenty to keep you entertained. You’ll find an 8-screen cinema, bowling alleys, spas, and countless chain restaurants, you can even try your hand at Globalls, an ultraviolet mini-golf experience full of dinosaurs and colours.
As you stroll around the shops you can play some free outdoor table tennis, or even New York style chess on the tables around the Marina. In what is the largest Marina complex in Europe, the process of its development has taken almost 40 years to come to life, but you’ll be glad it did when you visit during a stay at your Sussex holiday cottage.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Indulge your inner child while keeping the kids quiet for a while with a look around the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Boasting over 10,000 items, the museum exhibits various displays from the last 100 years of toy making. With a collection that dates back as far as 1860, the museum includes items from some of the world’s top toy makers and is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane.
On the surface this may seem like a day out exclusively for children, but when you see toys, gadgets and models that you remember from your childhood you’ll be clawing at the glass to have a play. If the collection has left you longing for some classic figures you can get your own in the collectors’ shop.
Brighton Palace Pier
If there you are looking to experience Britain’s traditional seaside culture, then a visit to the Brighton Palace Pier is a must.
For anyone visiting on a staycation holiday, you are going to be able to spend the day doing all of the things that you love at the beach in one place. Traditional fairground favourites couple mega slides and rollercoasters like the Turbo Coaster.
The pier is perfect if you are coming from your Sussex holiday cottage with your children, as they can explore all of the classic British seaside attractions without having to wander too far between the attractions.
The pier as it stands today opened in May 1899 to a grand ceremony after £27,000 – the equivalent to £2 million in today’s money – was spent on the rebuild.
It has previously stood since 1823 when it was used by passengers coming from France. However, multiple storms over the years caused significant damage to the pier before it was completely destroyed in 1889.
Illuminated by 67,000 long life and energy saving lights, the pier is a staple of Brighton and one of its most famous attractions.
British Airways i360
Brighton’s answer to the London Eye, the British Airways i360 is certainly a sight for sore eyes.
Opened in August 2016, it is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the product of husband and wife team, David Marks and Julia Barfield, who had previously designed the London Eye – Britain’s most popular paid-for attraction.
Here you ascend 450 feet into the skies above Brighton, as the world’s first vertical cable car unlocks staggering 360-degree views of the coast and Sussex in a glass observation pod. At the foot of the stunning tower is the beach building which is open to the public and those riding the BAi360. Here you can dine at The Belle Vue restaurant, or the West Pier Tea Room where you sample from “Sussex’s larder.”
While Brighton is home to some truly unique and unforgettable experiences, a trip up above the city in this tower is something that is going to stay with you for a long time.
Brighton Bike Tours
There is no better way to explore Brighton than on a bike tour. Leisurely cruising through the colourful streets allows you to discover hidden gems that would have previously been ignored, as your guide takes you past the city’s most famous attractions.
Brighton Bike Tours offer a number of different options for anyone looking to take to the saddle, from Private Hen Party tours to Twilight Bike Tours and the Grand Bike Tour, you will find something that best suits your needs and desires.
The most popular of options is the Grand Brighton Bike Tour, lasting approximately two and a half hours, you’ll be guided past the beach, The Brighton Dome, Royal Pavilion Palace, both piers and plenty more. But don’t just take our word for it. The Bike Tours sit comfortably at number one on TripAdvisor for Outdoor Activities in Brighton, Top City tours in Brighton and Brighton Tours and Activities.
Sussex County Cricket Club
Sussex CCC was the first First-Class County cricket side in the country, formed back in 1839.
The limited overs side had tasted success in the 60s, 70s and 80s, but it was ‘The Golden Decade’ which is regarded as the most profitable in the club’s history. Claiming back-to-back County Championships in 2006 and 2007, the side also won the C&G Trophy in 2006 when they defeated Lancashire.
Two years later Sussex was celebrating one-day success again, with wins in the Pro40 League in 2008 and 2009. As a sport, cricket opens itself up to many demographics. You might have the stamina and focus for five-day county fixtures, or you can join in the carnival atmosphere during a one-day or Twenty20 game.
Music, food and drink is all combined with fast paced all action cricket for the whole family to enjoy.
Whether you are booking your Sussex holiday cottage for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or a bit of rest bite on a staycation, you’ll always find a great day out in Brighton.