It's the most popular beach in England, and not just with tourists, but with locals, day-trippers, and shoppers alike. The many bars, clubs, restaurants, and entertainment make it a prime attraction, but the famous shingle beach and holiday atmosphere make it a great place to just sit and enjoy an ice cream or a beer.
Brighton's seafront stretches for seven miles, but the best spots providing activities and entertainment for children and adults alike, are just either side of the Palace Pier. Here you can enjoy traditional fish and chips, though the price tag is slightly more than you'd expect further inland. Quirky shops fill the iconic Brighton arches selling locally made art and jewellery while tourist gift shops are also out in full force; the perfect places to buy postcards or some of that legendary Brighton rock.
The Palace Pier is free to enter throughout the year. It boasts everything from homely cafes, to high class cocktail bars. And a range of cheesy karaoke bars. The funfair, arcade, and theme park rides at the end of the pier are a hit with children, though not for the faint-hearted! Dodgems and the ghost train are a classic favourite, while the Galaxia and roller coasters provide fun and thrills.
Unlike on the beach, deckchairs on the pier are free to use, making this the perfect spot to enjoy the stunning Brighton coast line with a beer or some candy floss!
A five-minute walk west of the pier takes you to the popular basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a sandpit and paddling pool for children. Giant inflatables are also set up in the summer on this part of the beach, and there are loads of ice cream parlours, bars and cafes nearby.
For a beautiful view, walk down to Brighton's old West Pier. The wreck of the pier, which burnt down in 2003, provides a stunning tribute to Brighton's Victorian seaside roots.