Although Brighton is a travel destination in and of itself it also makes the perfect day trip from London as part of a capital based itinerary. Fast trains to Brighton leave from London Victoria and take just under an hour with a return ticket from £27.10 for those traveling at off peak times. Their are many iconic must sees in this beautiful British beachside location, from the pier and beach to the Royal Pavilion to the quirky shopping experiences in The Lanes.

With only one day to see all of this we’ll give you our thoughts on Brighton’s must sees.



No trip to Brighton is complete without the obligatory photo on the pier, ice cream in hand, seagulls swooping in. There is an air of nostalgia as the Pier overlooks the burnt-down West pier its historic rival. There is a wide variety in the arcade and the fun fair at the end of the pier offers something for the thrill seekers. Alternatively the pier is a wonderful place to look back at the beach and the historic seafront and perhaps indulge in some unhealthy snacks.



Brighton boosts an expansive pebble beach (shoes advised) and offers a place to relax and take the weight off of your feet. The beach has a great atmosphere and is home to a variety of shops, bars and arcades. Expect it to be busy in the summer.



The lanes is a quarter of the city renowned for its collection of independent and unique shops and restaurants, which offer a more relaxed shopping experience to that of London. The North Laine in particular is a visitor favourite. The lanes make for a perfect stop should the weather become unpleasant as it is possible to see out and short showers while passing between shops. Tour of thee lanes are available to help you explore the hidden alleyways and understand more about the history of the area which used to house fishermen in the days when Brighton was a fishing hub.



The Royal Pavilion is an incredibly beautiful building which transports visitors thousands of miles away with its stunning Indian inspired architecture. The Pavilion boosts impressive gardens and grounds. Admission is charged at £12.30 for adults with children charged at £6.90. Audio guides are available at a further £2 and offer further insight into the history of this spectacular building.