Brighton is one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once. With many Regency buildings and historic areas there is something for everyone. Brighton is a great place to go for all the family whether it’s just for a day out or a longer stay, but it can be expensive. In this article. we take a look at some of the cheaper things to do for a family having a days out in Brighton.
Brighton Pier – a must for any day out in Brighton
No trip to Brighton is complete without a visit to the world famous Brighton Pier, which has been entertaining visitors since 1899. The pier is over 1,700 feet long and is packed with entertainment for children and grown-up kids, together with fish and chips and numerous bars. Brighton Pier has free admission.
Volks Railway – the first electric railway in the world
Visit the Volks Railway on Brighton seafront which takes you from the side of the Palace Pier along to Brighton Marina. The railway cars used today are over 100 years old and the train departs every 15 minutes until early evening. The train travels along the mile to the marina at a slow speed allowing you to take in all the sights during the journey. The return journey costs £3 and is half price for children under 14.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
This is a great place to visit for kids of all ages with an amazing collection of model trains and running track layouts, antique toys from the UK and around the world. There are over 10,000 exhibits on display in the unassuming property under the main Brighton railway station. To get to the museum, go to the front of the railway station and you will see a road that heads under the station and you will find the museum on the right hand side. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and costs £4 for adults, £3 for children or a family ticket consisting of two adults and two children for £12.
Brighton Sewer Tour – an unusual thing to do for days out in Brighton
While this might be an unusual thing to do for the family, it is fascinating visiting the Victorian sewers that are still used to this day. This popular tour (which gets booked up fast so pre-booking is essential) runs from May to September and can be booked online. The minimum age is 11 and you will need to wear good footwear and be able to climb ladders. For those of a more nervous disposition, it’s actually quite clean and it is worth putting your fears behind you to see this sewer system.
Brighton shops and the Lanes
Brighton has a thriving shopping area along Western Road and the Churchill Shopping Center with all the shops you would expect in this City. Slightly more unusual are The Lanes which has a mix of antique shops, fashion outlets and jewellery shops. The Lanes are narrow and traffic free passing buildings over 400 years old with a good selection of stylish pubs and numerous places to eat. The Lanes are an essential place to visit for any trip to Brighton.
The North Laines which are close to Brighton Station are another collection of traffic free areas which has boomed over recent years and has a great collection of independent shops covering everything hand-made soap to vegetarian shoes.
Brighton really is a City that any visitor to the UK should see. It’s close to London taking only 50 minutes on the fast trains and a great base to discover other places such as Portsmouth, The Seven Sisters and Eastbourne. Having days out in Brighton will be something that everyone will enjoy.