What Quirky Things Can You Do in Brighton?
Brighton is a city known for its culture, diversity and eccentricity. So, while there are many historical and modern attractions within Brighton and Hove, it may not come as any surprise that that there are some more unusual things to do. Something a little bit different, something to talk about and something that will set your “stay in Brighton”:http://www.brightonholidayhomes.co.uk/properties/ apart. Here are just a few of the quirky things you can do during your visit to Brighton.
Booth Museum Of Natural History
This fascinating museum houses a collection of over half a million specimens of natural history, spanning over 3 centuries, brought to life with interactive displays. Founded by Edward Booth is 1874 to house his collection of taxidermy, the museum offers an intriguing collection of birds displayed in their natural settings, butterflies, skeletons, dinosaur bones and a stuffed badger that is said to be the inspiration for a character is the Chronicles of Narnia film. Kids will love the ‘hands on’ exhibitions and some 525,000 insects.
Ghost Walk of The Lanes
During the day, the Lanes are a hive of activity and at night they are frequented by the haunting presence of former residents. Take a guided tour around one of Britain’s most haunted areas and try to meet some of the souls from Brighton’s past. Do not fear, your spirit guide will look after you during the hour long walk and tell you all about the ghoulish tales. Ghost Walk of The Lanes is suitable for all ages.
Old Police Cells Museum
Brighton is a city steeped in history, but hidden beneath the history is a not so squeaky clean past and certainly a fair amount of scandal. Discover all about the hidden side of Brighton’s history in this unique insight into Sussex Police from 1830 to modern day. Housed in the basement of Brighton Town Hall this museum is both entertaining and educational. Serving as the main police station of Brighton from 1930 to 1967 the museum is full of stories and memorabilia from Sussex Polices past. Visit the cells where MOD’s & Rockers were held during the famous Brighton riots. Get a unique glimpse at the cold and cramped conditions prisoners were held in, the bombing of The Grand Hotel and much more. Old Police Cells Museum is suitable for all ages.
Only in Brighton Walk
There is a local saying when something is a little out of the ordinary, “only in Brighton” and it’s true. Brighton has a more relaxed and liberal attitude which allows people to express themselves and this guide walking tour features some of the weird and wonderful that the city has to offer. This is not your normal historical guided tour but more “peep behind the curtains”, uncovering stories that even locals don’t know about the city. This fantastic tour is both funny and fact filled with a mix of history, local information and funny stories - if you think you know all about Brighton, think again!
The Painting Pottery Cafe
Situated in the North Laines, take an hour or two out from the usual Brighton sights and discover your creative side at The Painting Pottery Cafe. Whether you’re an old hand or have never painted pottery before, this arty experience caters for every ability. There are stencils available for the beginner and patterns to follow or you can just let your creative flair come up with a masterpiece of your own. Simply turn up, select your potter, grab some paints and create! Suitable for all ages, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with the kids, have fun with friends or just kill sometime on your own. Your creations will be fired and can be collected later that day or posted out to you.
Yellowave Beach Sports
Used as the official training base for London 2012 Olympics, Yellowave is the UK’s only permanent beach volleyball venue of its kind. Feel the sand between your toes and get active with a game of volleyball, beach soccer, ultimate Frisbee or one of the many other beach activities on offer. Try your hand at the climbing wall, which is great for adults and children or simply relax at the Barefoot Cafe. It’s great fun and there’s nothing like being barefoot on the beach.
This Flea Market in the heart of the North Laines is a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city. Enter the turnstiles into a World of quite frankly everything! With stalls selling a range of items from Victorian postcards, trinkets and jewellery through to clothing, retro furniture, toys and much more. It’s one of Brighton’s institutions and is a great place to lose yourself for a while browsing around the bric-a-brac.
Dive With Sharks
Yes, you really can get up close and personal with the World’s most efficient predator in Brighton. Run by Brighton Dive Centre, these conductive dives are held in the shark tanks of Brighton Sea Life Centre and you’ll come face to face with the seas most feared creatures.
Brighton Sewer Tour
Get Under The City of Brighton on a fascinating tour of the Victorian sewers which lie beneath everyone’s feet. Kitted out with hard hat and gloves, you’ll enter the bowels of the city by Brighton Pier and cover 400 yards of the 30 mile sewage system, emerging from the depths from a manhole cover in Steine Gardens. Along the way you’ll discover the Victorian secrets hidden under the streets of Brighton and admire this magnificent feat of British Engineering on this impressive hour long tour.
Brighton Earthship is a low carbon eco-building which demonstrates how a low waste future would look. The first of its kind in England, this community centre has won a number of awards and is one of the most progressive eco-buildings in Europe. The tour covers sustainable and green technologies which are used in the building, the use of low impact materials and more. Highly educational and well worth a visit if you are in the Stanmer Park area.
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