Things to do in Brighton with the kids

For kids & families

Looking for something different to do with the kids over the holidays? Why not treat them to a day out in Brighton?

Although a great place to head for serious retail therapy, great food and a brilliant night out, the East Sussex seaside resort is also great for families and it’s quick and affordable to get to too. With loads of family friendly activities on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice of what to do first.

To give you a little inspiration, here are some ideas of what to get up to in the city of Brighton with your family.

Take the train

If you want to ease the stress of heading off on a day trip to Brighton, it could be worth getting the train. Kids love trains and it’s not as expensive as you might think either thanks to advance booking discounts and off peak tickets.

Taking the train instead of driving is also better for the environment, as well as avoiding the stress of finding a space and the fairly extortionate cost of parking in the city, so when planning your day out start by booking your train tickets.

Go to the Sea Life Centre

There’s a lot of family-friendly attractions in Brighton, but Sea Life Brighton is definitely one of the best. Heading down from the station towards the sea, Brighton Sea Life Centre is actually the oldest operating aquarium in the world, and is home to an incredible 3,500 sea creatures. You’ll get to see all kinds of marine life including jellyfish, octopus and even sharks.

As well as being able to explore the Sea Life Centre at your own pace, you’ll also find a range of activities on offer throughout the day including talks and feeding sessions. There are usually half term activities held there too so if you go during the holidays there’s going to be plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Head to the beach

Well, obviously! If it’s a beautiful day make sure you take your swimming costume, towel and beach shoes and head to Brighton Beach for some traditional British seaside fun. Even on a chilly day, it’s a lovely bracing walk and fish and chips on the beach is a tradition worth sticking to.

Palace Pier is definitely worth exploring too. What’s not to love about 2p slot machines and rides? Kids will love the flashing lights and music, and if it’s a nice day an ice cream on the pier is a must!

Enjoy a little culture at the Royal Pavilion

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If you want to introduce your kids to a more cultured side of Brighton, why not head to the Royal Pavilion. This magnificent exotic palace is located right in the centre of Brighton, and was initially built as a seaside palace for King George IV. Each of the rooms inside the building are breathtakingly beautiful and fun to explore.

You can also take part in tours of the Royal Pavilion, as well as take a walk around the magnificent gardens.

Check out Drusillas Park

Just outside of Brighton is Drusillas Park. It’s a fantastic family attraction, home to hundreds of different exotic animals. It’s even been voted as the best small zoo in Europe, and it’s committed to conservation. You’ll get to see meerkats, penguins, llamas and pandas to name just a few species at the park.

There’s even a couple of walk-through exhibits, allowing you to get up close and personal with some of the park’s animals. If you really want to treat the kids, you could let them take part in the Keeper for the Day experience, allowing them to feed, clean and care for the animals. Take a look at my review here.

As you can see, there’s a lot of different types of activities and attractions you and the kids can enjoy in Brighton. It could be worth putting together a little itinerary to determine which attractions you don’t want to miss on your day out.

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