The Ultimate Family Day Out In Brighton
It’s not just the draw of Brighton beach that makes a great family destination. With rock shops, sharks, fairground rides, interactive and toy museums - the bright lights of Brighton make it one fascinating playground for both adults and children. Brighton seafront is by far the most popular of the city’s attractions for families, but there is so much to do here! The only real issue is how much energy your little ones have and of course their attention span.
If you are feeling energetic, then a great way to get about the city is to hire bikes. Amsterdammers’, near Brighton train station, has Brighton & Hove’s largest selection and offers hassle-free bike hire. With front mounted child seats and a range of child and adult bikes, you’ll be off on your wheels in no time.
Head to Brighton Marina
Then go down to the seafront and take a ride along the cycle path which links Brighton Pier to Brighton Marina. Taking a slow pace, it’s the perfect way to start the day, taking in the coastal sites along the way. Brighton traffic can be a bit crazy at times so I’d definitely recommend the cycle paths!
Whichever way you choose to get there, once at Brighton Marina it’s time to head for Coast to Coast, the perfect place for a spot of breakfast. This American style diner offers a great selection of favourites from across the pond, including pancakes. Bellies full, fully rested, fed and watered, it’s then time to head back along the seafront to the Aquarium.
**Foot Note:* During the summer months, a real family favourite is to take a ride on the Volks Railway. The oldest running electric railway in the World which was opened in 1883. Volks Railway runs for a mile along the stunning Marine Parade from the Aquarium (Brighton Pier) towards Brighton Marina.
Children will love this unique narrow gauge railway with its vintage railcars and stations.
Sea Life Centre
Brighton Sea Life Centre is the World’s oldest aquarium, and can be found in the Victorian splendour of Marine Parade and just across from Brighton Pier. It’s one of Brighton’s most popular family attractions, housing over 1500 species including sharks, sting rays and turtles. Brighton Sea Life Centre have a total of 57 exhibits overall, so there is sure to be a favourite for everyone. From interactive rock pools where children can touch crabs and starfish through to the UK’s first glass bottom boat and submarine tunnel where you can get a real underwater view of the action.
A chance to sit back for a while and rest your weary feet! This is a must do family experience. Children love the excitement of being up so high and you can see the city’s stunning coastline and famous landmarks. The fully air conditioned capsules have a commentary by local resident Steve Coogan too. Buy your tickets online and save 10%.
Just next to Brighton Wheel and ranked as one of the Top 10 Visitor Attractions in the UK, Brighton Pier is an eclectic mix of the brilliant tackiness of a funfair coupled with classic Victorian style. A favourite with every visitor to Brighton, especially the children. Brighton Pier offers some world class rides, packed with fun and thrills for all ages. No visit to Brighton could possibly be complete without indulging in some fish n’ chips. There’s no better place to eat them than the Palm Court Restaurant. Recently cited by Heston Blumenthal as the “Spiritual Home” of fish and chips, this family restaurant also boasts the Brighton seascape as your dining room view.
Brighton Toy Museum
Every child likes toys and we grown-ups love to revel in a heavy dose of nostalgia, so why not enter into the toy box at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum? Situated in the railway arches underneath Brighton Station, the museum houses over 10,000 toys and models over its 4,000 square feet. With two impressive working model railways, the collection also includes everything from Dinky toys through to puppets and Steiff bears. Covering over 100 years of toy making from some of the world’s top toy makers.
If the children are still going strong but you need some down time, it’s time to head over the road to the Painting Pottery Cafe. Simply turn up, select a piece of pottery and a brush - then get creative! There is no need to be an artist, if inspiration fails you then there’s a library of templates to chose from. At this time of year, it’s the ideal place to get a great personalised gift for the grandparents from the children. If you are not staying in Brighton, they will happily post your master pieces to you.
Finish off your day with a quick bite at the Farm Cafe just nearby in North Road. Fabulous milkshakes, soups and light bites and all locally sourced and freshly made. A perfect way to round off a day of non-stop action packed fun!
And you’re back near the train station again…!
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