Often called London on Sea, Brighton in East Sussex on the south coast of England has also been voted one of the best city with beach destinations in the world. Whatever the weather there’s plenty to do on a family trip to Brighton from funfair games on the pier to beach and water sports, cycling, shopping or exploring its beautiful Regency squares and Pavilion. Brighton is a cool enough city to satisfy teenage visitors too. Read on for Tara’s tips for things to do in Brighton with teens.
- Trad British seaside fun with a fashionable twist
- Iconic seaside piers and promenade
- Blue flag pebble beach
- Quaint, cool independent shopping streets
- Excellent cafes, bars and restaurants
Who went where and when: Tara, Mark, their daughter Maddie 14 and her friend Eliza spent a weekend in Brighton, East Sussex in April 2018.
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Things to do in Brighton with teens
Vintage shops in Brighton
In the evening we walked along the seafront and Maddie took some lovely photos of the sunset. The skeleton of the old West Pier is striking and there’s a feature of its original iron supports on the promenade beside the British Airways i360 which stands on the site of the pier.
We went onto the Palace Pier and lost too many pennies in the slot machines. As well as amusement arcades the pier offers fish and chips and funfair rides including waltzers, dodgems, and a traditional helter skelter and carousel.
Swim in the sea
We got up early the next morning and went down to the beach. It was very quiet – just the two girls in the sea and a man with a dog asking us if they were crazy! After a quick dip we went to The Breakfast Club for breakfast.
Bike hire Brighton
This was the girls’ idea. They chose it in preference to the i360 and we had a really lovely morning, following the cycle path around the Marina and along the undercliff towards the village of Rottingdean.
The bikes we rented were lovely, an upright Dutch style in gorgeous colours and very easy to pedal. The cycle path is more or less on the level all the way. We stopped at a really good ice-cream shop, next to a tiny antique shop in Rottingdean, before we turned back. The wind had been against us so what took us 45 minutes on the way out took 10 minutes getting back! We hired four cruisers at £6.00 each, with map. For bike hire Brighton Beach Bikes, Kings Road Arches, 250E Kings Road
More things to do in Brighton
If you’re interested in booking ahead, here’s a selection of tickets and tours from Get Your Guide
Places to eat in Brighton
The Regency Restaurant
The Breakfast Club, Brighton
The Coal Shed Restaurant
We didn’t have time to go with the girls but Mark and I had fabulous steaks here in the summer. 8 Boyce’s Street
Artist Residence, Boutique hotel Brighton
Mark and I stayed at the Artist Residence last summer in a sea-view double room. It’s a great place to stay in Brighton with interiors to die for and a view of the beach and the British Airways i360. On this visit we took their brand new Sea View apartment, run by the hotel but located in a Regency townhouse next door. We were only the second people to stay in it! It was ideal for a visit with teens as it has an open plan living room, galley kitchen and two bedrooms: a huge bed in our room and adult sized bunks in the second bedroom for the girls. There’s free wi fi, a big flatscreen tv and a lovely roll top bath in the bathroom.
The apartment is beautiful and decorated and furnished to the same standard as the hotel although the communal areas of the building are not since that’s a private residence. It’s worth noting that you need to take the stairs (there’s no lift) to the apartment on the third floor. This did feel rather a trek after hours of vintage shopping.
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