A weekend trip to Brighton with kids is a great idea. Most Dutch tourists visit the city while touring the beautiful south of England. Brighton has enough fun family activities to keep you entertained for at least an entire weekend. We list the best activities in Brighton with kids.
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Brighton with kids #1: Brighton Pier
The city of Brighton is located by the sea, and especially in the summer months, the waterfront here is great. The pebbly beach is obviously not as nice as a regular sandy beach, but you can rent a bed with an umbrella for the day at the beach just fine. One of the things that comes to mind is the Brighton pier.
For kids, this Brighton Pier is a very fun attraction, as there is a kind of fairground on the pier with a haunted house, a roller coaster and bumper cars. In addition, there are plenty of tents where you can buy good food and sweets. You can also visit this pier for a nice view of the city.
For example, at the British Airways i360 tower viewpoint, you can look out over the city at a height of more than 137 meters. This modern observation tower is the tallest moving tower in the world. Of course, you can visit the tower for snacks and drinks. For more information on opening hours, prices and restaurants in the tower, check out the observation tower’s website.
Brighton with kids #2: Volk’s Electric Railway
Whereas the observation tower was only built in 2016, this electric train is the oldest operating electric train in the world. In fact, the train is more than 135 years old. Always fun for kids to visit a city in a train. You can take this train only from March to October, and this train runs a route of about a mile. The train travels along the coast and stops at three points during the ride.
By the way, there are several ways to see the city of Brighton with kids. Thus, it is also possible to take a bicycle tour of the city. In this bike tour, you will take a tour of the city of about 2.5 hours led by an English guide. It is also possible to rent bicycles.
Another way to explore the city of Brighton with the family is by bus. The open-roof double-decker bus tours downtown and stops at 11 different city attractions. You can follow an audio guide in English during the bus ride. For more information on these hop on hop off buses, take a look here.
Brighton with kids #3: castle Royal Pavilion
You can also visit a castle in Brighton with kids. The Royal Pavilion Palace is right in the center and you can walk to it from the city center in a few minutes. This castle looks different from what you are normally used to from castles and the castle has a lot of Indian influences.
You can also visit the inside of the castle and take a tour of the palace. Just keep in mind that there is not something of a scavenger hunt for kids, which would have made the castle a little more accessible for kids. Therefore, you should visit the castle especially if your kids love castles.
Of course, it is also perfectly possible to view the extraordinary castle only from the outside. The castle is next to a park, and there, too, you can have a great time in the grass in the summer months. For more information on opening hours and entrance fees, check out the palace’s website.
Brighton with kids #4: Drusillas Park
You can also go to the zoo in the Brighton area with kids. Drusillas park is a zoo that is a half-hour drive from Brighton by car. This zoo is all about kids and you also have several fun attractions for kids at ze zoo.
The zoo itself is not super big and may not have the most spectacular animals. Nevertheless, there are still quite a few different types of animals to admire such as the meerkats, the red panda, the penguin and different types of monkeys and farm animals. In addition to these animals, there are several playgrounds and a water park where kids can cool off in the summer.
In addition to this fun, there are also a dozen attractions for the kids. These attractions are meant for young kids up to about seven/eight years old, though. There you have a carousel, the tea cups, a small train and more such attractions. For more information on opening hours, admission prices and the various animals and attractions, check out the Drusillas Park website.
Brighton with kids: other activities
In addition to the activities described above that you can do in Brighton with kids, there are a number of other activities you can do. We briefly list them below.
#5 Sea Life Aquarium: The city of Brighton also has a branch of Sea Life in town. Actually, the concept is the same as at the other establishments. You have several aquariums here with lots of different tropical fish, turtles and sharks, and one of the highlights of Sea Life Brighton is the tunnel you can walk under and see the entire underwater world above your head.
#6 Upside Down house: looking for a place in Brighton. Where you can take funny pictures with your kids then here it is. This house is literally upside down and for a few pounds you have entrance here. The house is not large, but of course everything is upside down, making it seem like your kids are upside down in the house.
#7 Booth Museum of NaturalHistory: if you and your kids enjoy visiting a museum during a city break as well, this is one of your best options. This museum is dedicated to nature and is free to visit. It is not a very large museum and you will have seen the museum in an hour.
#8 Streetart: The city of Brighton is known for its street art. The city itself has an international reputation for its colorfully decorated buildings in and around the city. Of course, you will already encounter several works of art if you just walk through the city center, but it is also possible to take a guided street art tour.
As you can see, there is plenty to do in Brighton for families, but for that matter, a tour of all of southern England is worthwhile. Read this blog by blogger Travel Hat who took a cool road trip through Southwest England.
Where to sleep in Brighton with kids
You can stay in Brighton with kids just fine. There are several hotels with family rooms. We have selected some well-reviewed hotels in different price ranges. Click on the hotel’s blue link for more information on that hotel.
Budget hotel: ibis Brighton City Centre – Station
Mid-range hotel: Jurys Inn Brighton
Luxury hotel: Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
To search for other hotels in Brighton with kids click here for the whole list of hotels.