Find the nearest See & Do in Brighton
Heading to Brighton and looking for something to do or a place to visit nearby. Coast Radar is not just a list of beaches but we bring you the whole Brighton coast including castles, lighthouses, piers, museums, beautiful gardens, seaside towns, National Trust and other heritage properties.
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- Sea Life Centre in Brighton offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Watch in amazement as giant turtles and sharks glide above you in our underwater tunnel. Visit the Tropical Reef – Complete with a shark encircled wreck and breath taking tropical coral, you can make it your own adventure! Do not miss the jelly fish spectacular that will bring these amazing creatures closer and showcase their beauty and mysterious lives. The children will love this new display as well as the behind the scenes tour where they can learn more about how all the marine life displayed in the centre is cared for to ensure that you get the best views and most knowledge that they can offer. The facilities are fantastic for everyone but no dogs allowed here! Adults pay £16.20 and children aged 3 – 14 pay £11.40.Disabled Parking – on Madeira Drive. Disabled persons toilet Guide Dogs Permitted No dogs (Guide dogs accepted) Ramp/Level Access – apart from auditorium. Wheelchair user accessible – apart from auditorium.Parking On street parking only Railway station within 5 miles Railway station within walking distance No Smoking Baby changing On-Site cafe/restaurant Gift shop Toilets
- Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the Pavilion Gardens. The museum and art gallery occupied its current situation in the building in 1902. The museum galleries include 20th Century Art & Design, and Fashion & clothes from the 18th century to the present day. Also many collections of art, paintings, drawings and prints from all over the world.
- Brighton Lifeboat station gives 24.7 search and rescue services between Newhaven and Shoreham on the Sussex coast. The crews that man the lifeboat station and the boats are varied with few coming from a sailing background originally. This crew launches on around 60 rescues every year and must be at sea within 8 minutes of the emergency call. Many times they are faster ensuring that they are successful at helping casualties. Most of the call outs for this station are within a 2 mile radius and the crew train twice a week in all weather conditions to keep up to date with rescue ops and procedures. It is a busy station due to the many beach visitors and the marina in the bay. They encourage visitors in particular those from schools or communities that have an interest to see how they operate and are funded. The first lifeboat at Brighton was in 1824. Early lifeboats were all weather but now the station houses an inshore lifeboat only.
- The Brighton Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three campaigns, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, from 1811 Prince Regent. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century, with the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors ever executed in the British Isles.
- Brighton Palace Pier features in films like Sweeney Todd, Dr Who and Carry on at your convenience and is as much fun in real life as it is in the films! It was built in 1891 and opened in 1899 and was one of three in the area. It had a concert hall which housed great shows during WWII but in 1973 a storm sent a barge into the pier and the theatre was lost. Today this modern entertainment centre houses fairground rides, thrill and children’s rides and a huge amusement arcade. In 2003 a large fire caused damage but luckily most of it was unscathed. The pier is now listed as a Grade II structure and brings Summer fun and entertainment to the hundreds of thousands of holiday makers who visit it every year! The pier is known for its rides and most visit at night when the whole structure is lit up and fun is in the air. The Booster stands 130 ft and rotates you 360 degrees accelerating to over 3.6G’s in 2.8 seconds! The Twist and the Galaxia rides spin at speeds that make your eyes ache. In the Summer you can cool down withan ice cream and a log flume ride with oceanic wave landings! What is great about the pier is that it has retained it is old worlde charm even though it has been thoroughly modernised with video games, shops, restaurants, bars and even a presence on social media in Facebook and Twitter to keep you abreast of all the news and events. Brighton Pier (1700ft/520m long) was opened in grand ceremony on May 20th 1899. Nowadays the Pier has amusements, theme park rides, restaurants and bars.
- The Booth Museum of natural history houses over half a million insects, skeletons and birds and the infamous merman which is a fake from the Victorian era but was highly regarded back then! There are also the 140 million year old bones of a dinosaur to be seen which generally wows the children so it is well worth a visit. Edward Booth contributed a life times worth of birdlife to the museum along with over 650 butterfly types and a huge collection of bone and fossils dating back to the age of dinosaurs. There is an interactive gallery and a host of different events throughout the year. Admission is free and the museum is open from 10am to 5pm through the week and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank holidays.gift shop wheelchair accessible (accessible toilet is not currently wheelchair accessible but is accessible for ambulant disabled people) refreshments and children’s play area close by in Dyke Road Park
- Brighton Race Course offers great days out in a stunning setting over looking the Sussex Downs and on to Brighton and Hove. The racecourse is just outside the city centre in one of the most beautiful areas with over 20 acres to caters for up to 600 people at private events. Apart from a good day out with friends, the race course caters for weddings, corporate events, parties, Christmas events and singles just wanting a quick flutter on the horses! On average this course hosts 18 race meetings in season and dates back to 1783. There are 18 suites, picnic lawns and fantastic views to enjoy!