The ever popular and garish nature of Brighton Pier is always a big hit with children. With the gloriously tacky splendour of the fairground with its stalls, amusements and rides. It’s always going to be a crowd pleaser and well worth putting on the to do list. Take in the coastal sights with a walk along one of the UK’s top ten visitor attractions and take in the classic Victorian styling with stunning panoramic views of Brighton’s coastline. Deckchairs on the pier are free and it’s a great place to sit and enjoy a packed lunch or some food from one of the many shops.
Always a favourite with the entire family, a visit to Brighton is just not right without a day at the beach. Many of the attractions are open all year and kids always love playing on the pebbled beach, throwing stones into the sea. With so many attractions to keep your children happy including; the fun fair, the children’s playground, Peter Pan’s playground, crazy golf courses and of course splashing in the sea!
The Volks Railway
Take a slow but unique ride on the world’s oldest running electric railway and let its narrow gauge rails take you on a leisurely journey along 400 metres of the Brighton seafront. Opened in 1883, Volks railway is a firm favourite with all the family rides and run daily April – September.
When it’s cold outside, a brisk walk all wrapped up followed by a hot chocolate in a cafe can still be fun, but if it’s raining and you don’t want to get drenched what is there to do? There are always going to be days - especially in winter and spring when the weather isn’t on the side of the day tripper or Brighton holiday maker. If you’re visiting Brighton and it’s pouring down, the question then is what to do when a rainy beach isn’t your first choice of place to visit. Here is our list of the top 10 things to do when visiting Brighton in the rain.
Standing proud above the Brighton’s silhouettes, the i360 is not only an impressive sight, especially lit up at night but also an excellent attraction. What better way to view the city when it’s raining than from within the comfort of a pod towering 138 metres above Brighton. It’s the world’s tallest observation tower, offering spectacular 360 degree views along the Sussex coast, taking in all the sights of Brighton has never been so easy.
One of Brighton’s more popular attractions. Brighton Sea Life Centre was once a Victorian attraction. Combining Victorian architecture with the more modern state-of-the-art facilities Brighton Sea Life Centre is currently celebrating its 140th Anniversary. Certainly fun for all of the family, with an Interactive Rockpool, the UK’s first glass-bottom boat and over 150+ creatures including Sharks, Turtles and Rays - Brighton Sea Life Centre is a must!
The Royal Pavilion is one of Brighton’s more well known landmarks. Once the seaside retreat of Prince Regent (George IV), the now iconic architecture was transformed by John Nash in 1822. While many visitors to Brighton simply visit the Pavilion Garden to take a look at the outside, The Royal Pavilion houses a magnificent Regency interior, complete works of art, exquisite French, Chinese and English furniture and much more. Well worth a visit, even when the sun’s shining.
A favourite with the kids, The Booth Museum of Natural History houses over half a million specimens of natural history in glass containers. With everything from Killer Whale skeleton, dinosaur bones and hundreds of birds displayed in their natural settings - it’s easy to see why it’s a great fun for the whole family. With specimens dating back over three centuries, attractions include a Badger who is said to have been the inspiration behind a character in the Chronicles of Narnia film.
Situated just a short walk from Brighton Station, Brighton Toy Museum is over four thousand square feet of toys and models - taking the adult back to childhood and grabbing the attention of children. The museum is home to a collection of over 10,000 toys and models and also displays items on load from other collections. Kids and adults alike will find the collection of priceless toy collections from Classic model railways, Meccano, Dinky, Corgi, through to soft toys, puppets and other exhibits covering the last 100 years.
Hove Museum is home to the family favourite Wizard’s Attic, an interactive toy gallery which highlights include a Wizards Workshop for broken toys and a time travelling bedroom. The museum also features a film gallery detailing Hove’s role in the birth of cinema, two contemporary art galleries and the story of Portslade & Hove’s prehistoric past including the famous Amber Cup. Truly something for all the family and great way to keep out of the rain.
Take a tour of The Old Police Cells which are housed under Brighton’s Town Hall. A fascinating history of Brighton & Hove’s police force featuring local police memorabilia and offering an insight into the history of Brighton’s Police Force. Brighton had its fair share of villains and appalling murders, hear tails of the gruesome murder by a prisoner of PC Solomon, see some of the old cells and look at graffiti from the Mods and Rockers era.
Get creative at the Painting Pottery Cafe, spending a few hours of quality time and creative fun. Suitable for all ages, you can simply turn up, chose a piece of pottery and grab a paint brush - then let your creative side out! The more creative can just go for it but there are books for inspiration and stencils. Your finished pottery can be picked up a day or two later (after firing) or posted to you. For those in a hurry, you can use acrylic paint and take it the same day - something a little different and great fun for all ages.
Not your average museum, the Old Penny Arcade is a collection of penny slot machines dating back to the Victorian times. Most of the Penny Slots are working and you actually have the chance to play some of the games using old pennies, with some machines taking 20p. There are short description of the slots, giving a brief overview of their history. Take a trip back in time in this truly fantastic place to visit when strolling along the sea front and want to get out of the rain.
The Edwardian stately home situated on the outskirts of Brighton is a charming historic house which some say is haunted. Take a tour of Preston Manor’s servant quarters, great hall, butler’s pantry and the maids’ rooms in this beautifully decorated Edwardian Manor House. For the more hardy, Preston Manor also offer ghost tours where you’ll visit the famously haunted ‘Blue Room’ and locations where the ‘White Lady’ has been sighted and other genuine Victorian ghost sightings.
If it’s raining you’re probably going to want to sit downstairs but City Sightseeing Brighton is the best way to discover what great things to do and see in Brighton. These city bus tours reveal all the sights of Brighton from The Royal Pavilion, Regency and Victorian architecture through to Brighton Seafront and Pier. This hop-on, hop-off service is the best way to get a flavour what Brighton has to offer from the comfort and convenience of a bus.
This list is simply ten things that will entertain you when waiting for the sunshine to come back out.