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Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

1. Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

The Royal Pavilion has a colorful history stretching back 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become an icon of Brighton. In the mid-1780s George, Prince of Wales, rented a small lodging house overlooking a fashionable promenade in Brighton. Brighton was developing from a decayed fishing town to an established seaside retreat for the rich and famous, being close to London, and after George was sworn in as Prince Regent in 1811 he commissioned John Nash to begin the transformation from modest villa into the magnificent palace that we see today. Walk through the lavish state rooms on the ground floor including the banqueting room, the music room, the magnificent recently restored saloon, and the great kitchen. Explore further rooms upstairs, including Queen Victoria's bedroom. Learn about the use of the building as a military hospital for Indian soldiers during the first world war.

Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

2. Brighton: British Airways i360 Ticket

Enjoy views across Brighton, the South Downs and the Sussex coastline from a fully enclosed futuristic glass pod. Learn about the many area landmarks seen from BAi360, using the free viewing map and free app. Enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, serving a range of local drinks including Nyetimber, an award-winning sparkling wine. Visit the beach building for the British Airways i360: How it Was Built exhibition. Enjoy a meal at West Beach Bar & Kitchen or West Beach Cafe, or browse the BAi360 shop for a range of gifts and souvenirs, many created by local Brighton artists.

Brighton Zip Line Experience Ticket

3. Brighton Zip Line Experience Ticket

Fly over the seafront and famous beach of Brighton on the longest and fastest zip line on the south coast of England. Climb the impressive spiral staircase to reach the 32-meter high zip line platform. Choose the dual zip line option and race against your friends and family. Reach high speeds as you zip straight into the hull of a boat landing stage on the beach. Avail of the tasty food options, including fish and chips and scampi and mushy peas. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try out the gelateria van, or donuts on slightly colder days.

From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

4. From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

Catch the train to Brighton from London (all transport included) and climb aboard a luxury minibus on arrival. Journey to the beautiful South Downs and marvel at the rolling hills created over thousands of years by grazing animals. Visit Devil's Dyke to appreciate the view across the lowland weald, and learn how the landscape was formed before making your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines or cider from Sussex. Middle Farm will be our lunch stop where the quaint tea rooms serve light lunches and snacks, you can also get a coffee or tea on us. Continue along country lanes to Seven Sisters Country Park to see the Neolithic carving of the Longman of Wilmington. Go for a walk to Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white cliffs before traveling to Birling Gap to look at the dramatic coastal erosion and to get your first glimpse of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Stop at Seaford Head to enjoy an iconic view of the Seven Sisters. Your Guide will take you on a walk around the headland to get the best views of the cliffs and stunning scenery.

City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Brighton is one of the south-coast's most popular resorts, with something for all the family. Take a 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off bus tour to discover the flavor of this city. The Brighton City Sightseeing Tour has a thoroughly entertaining commentary with fascinating facts and figures that even some of the locals don't know. The tour takes in many highlights including the Pier, The Lanes, Royal Pavilion, Marina and the main shopping areas. Red Route: Stop 1 - Palace Pier Stop 2 - King's Road Stop 3 - Grand Avenue Stop 4 - Hove, Palmeira SquareStop 5 - St Anns Well GardensStop 6 - Brighton StationStop 7 - Clock TowerStop 8 - Brighton Pavilion/Old SteineStop 9 - Royal Crescent/Bedford StreetStop 10 - Brighton Marina/Seattle HotelStop 11 - Madeira Terrace

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

6. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your friendly and local driver-guide at the Brighton pick-up point. This ancient landscape is characterized by the rolling chalk hills, created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at the eerily named Devil's Dyke with views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created and see the unique Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Head to Middle Farm, a traditional Sussex farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years, offering the largest selection of Sussex produce in its farm shop. Stop for 30 minutes to have a good look around and grab a snack. Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs, passing through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs. Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Stop at Seaford Head for the iconic view of The Seven Sisters.  Before returning to Brighton, stop in the village of Rottingdean. Stroll through the gardens of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, before transferring back to the city center, arriving back in Brighton at 5:00 PM.

Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

7. Brighton: Coastline E-Bike Tour

Enjoy an early morning, afternoon or evening "electric" Mountain Bike along the scenic Brighton coastline. Set up your day with a fresh start, ask questions about Brighton and surrounding area so you can get the most out of your Brighton visit. Copy and paste the U Tube Video clip of the cliffs here: https://youtu.be/YphKWTRjIuc If you prefer to self-guide, your guide will show you where to go and provide a short guided route to the seafront to get you going. Take the freedom to please yourself. Fit the correct size bike / helmet and do a quick test ride to make sure your confident. Head to Brighton seafront and ride along to Rottingdean via the British Airways i360 tower and famous piers. The Undercliffs trails provide the perfect ride for the even most inexperienced rider as its flat and smooth. Once arriving in Rottingdean, ride back to the Marina along the top of the cliffs on the dedicated bike path, or for the adventurous and more experienced rider, you can take the off-road coastal trail back to Brighton. The cliff top has an amazing view of the Sussex coastline. If your confident you can take the offroad trail which runs next to the cycle lane. Take on a great way to see Brighton and a good chance to familiarize yourself with the local and surrounding areas and get insights about Brighton from a local. Your most welcome to ride back on your own taking the sites at your own pace.

Grand Brighton Bike Tour

8. Grand Brighton Bike Tour

Take a leisurely 2.5-hour bike tour of Brighton to see all the coastal city’s main monuments, with plenty of stops for photo opportunities along the way. Departing from Brighton Rail Station, your guide will lead you through the city’s colorful streets, from the bohemian quarters of North Laine to the opulent Oriental architecture of the Royal Pavilion, with some hidden extras en route that even the guide books miss. Prepare to laugh out loud at quirky tales of Brighton’s yesteryear as you cycle along the smooth bike paths of the beach front and discover the quaint Fishing Quarter. See the handsome Georgian architecture of Brunswick Square and Preston Manor, where the grounds include lovely orchards and gardens. Back at the meeting point, if you’ve developed a taste for biking Brighton, you are free to hire the bike to explore on your own.

Sussex Coastline: E-Biking Tour

9. Sussex Coastline: E-Biking Tour

A bike tour adapted to your preferences. Ride modern mountain bikes along the Sussex coastline from Seaford train station along the Cuckmere River to the historic village of Alfriston, or choose the Rathfinny Winery Route out to the top of the South Downs to take in the views of the distant North Downs, before riding downhill for a well deserved lunch break in the historic village of Alfriston. After lunch you can take either the Friston Forest route to see some World War II bomb craters located in the heart of the forest, you can even choose to ride down them! The second option is the easier route along the road to the Seaford Cliffs to view the famous Seven Sisters, before a short ride back to Seaford train station taking in views of Seaford and the surrounding views from the top of the Seaford Cliffs. Ride time is around 3 hours (not including travel time), you are able to do as much or as little riding as you like as everyone has different levels of ability. Allow at least 5 hours or more for the total ride and train, with the trip from Brighton to Seaford taking 30 minutes by train and costing £3.30 return.

From Brighton: Isle of Wight Full-Day Trip via Portsmouth

10. From Brighton: Isle of Wight Full-Day Trip via Portsmouth

Meet in central Brighton and travel by bus to the nearby city of Portsmouth. Learn about Britain's naval history before traveling to the Isle of Wight via the Wightlink Ferry. Get a great photo of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower and its historic dockyard as you depart. Arrive at Fishbourne shortly before noon. Take a scenic 20-minute drive to the charming village of Godshill. Upon arrival, discover its medieval church and see its 500-year-old thatched cottages, tea shops, and the Model Village. Explore the village with your guide and learn more about local history. Continue to Alum Bay, famous for its multi-colored sand cliffs and "the Needles". Choose between a chairlift ride or a walk down the steps to the picturesque beach. Enjoy the views of this scenic location, with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. After some time here, travel back to Fishbourne for a 6:00 PM journey back to the mainland, followed by drop-off in Brighton.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 992 reviews

We booked this tour because we wanted to spend more time exploring the natural areas of the white chalk cliffs. We got so much more than promised. Ish, who met us at the tour starting point, was such a pleasant person and really helped make our hour train ride to Brighton zip by with engaging conversation. Then, Lawrence took us to the South Downs and the Seven Sisters. He did a fantastic job of storytelling and was enthusiastic about the area. I definitely recommend giving this tour a go if you like the outdoors on the seaside! It was phenomenal.

Got to see a lot of sites along the way to 7 sisters and experience 7 sisters from many different angles/locations. The lunch stop was quaint and delicious. I did not feel like I spent more time on the bus than at the locations like I did with the Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford your.

What a fabulous day!! Better than I could have hoped for. Saw beautiful sights and learned plenty about the area. Never felt rushed and we enjoyed a couple of hours in Brighton before returning to London. Our guide was awesome

It’s a great way to learn about the intricate architectural details of the Royal Pavilion and its historical impact on Brighton with each time period.

I had a really great time. Lawrence was a wonderful tour guide. Knows his stuff and has a wonderful sense of humour.