Rail Itineraries - Brighton day trip

Brighton is one of Britain’s most exciting coastal cities, full of culture, great shopping, and surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the South Downs – perfect to explore with our 1 day itinerary.

For short trips, like this one, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton is just an hour’s journey from London by train. Trains run regularly from London Victoria, London Bridge and London St Pancras International.

Things to do in Brighton

Royal Pavilion

King George IV’s magnificent pleasure palace is known, rather understatedly, as Brighton Pavilion. Built with grand Indian-style architecture on the outside, its interior is decorated like a Chinese palace, with golden dragons and brilliant colours. A guided tour will reveal its fascinating history. The Pavilion is a 10 minute walk from the station.

Supplier Information

Name Royal Pavilion
Category Attraction
Profile The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history.
Phone 03000 290900
Email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Website https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/
Min - Max capacity: Groups of 15 people or more are eligible for our discounted group rates and must be booked in advance. Groups of less than 15 can simply arrive as and when, and purchase their admission tickets on the door. We can welcome a maximum of 75 pre-booked visitors per entry time slot. Groups of more than 75 people are split across consecutive time slots.
Frequency: Entry time slots occur every 20 minutes, starting from opening. These time slots are only of relevance to those who have or are planning to pre-book for a group. Individual walk-up customers can arrive at any time they like and purchase their ticket on the door. In the summer (April-September), our doors are open 9:30-17:00, with the building closing to the public at 17:45. In the winter (October-March), our doors are open 10:00-16:30, with the building closing at 17:15.
Private tours: Guided tours must be pre-booked some time in advance. The range of guided tours that we offer can be explored here: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/visiting/travel-trade-and-groups/plan-your-group-visit/. We are happy to organise guided tours for groups of less than 15 people but in this instance, a minimum fee applies.
FIT or Groups: FIT & Groups.
Translation: Audio guides in English, Easy English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Hindi. We offer guided tours in English, Easy English, French and German, and can organise BSL interpreters.
Extra information: Business Hours: October to March 10am–5.15pm (last tickets at 4.30pm), April to September 9.30am–5.45pm (last tickets at 5pm), Closed 24 December (from 2.30pm) and all day on 25 and 26 December

Brighton Sea Life Centre

Home to sharks, stingrays, seahorses, turtles and more, the SEA LIFE Centre is the perfect place to learn all about life underwater, conservation and the animals’ feeding habits. It is just 10 minutes from the train station on foot.


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British Airways i360

One of the best views of Brighton can be found at the top of the futuristic BA i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Soaring 138 metres, the tower’s glass viewing pod boasts views of Regency Brighton, the beautiful landscapes of the South Downs and, on a clear day, all the way to Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters and the Isle of Wight.

Website: British Airways i360

Supplier Information

Name British Airways i360
Category Attraction
Profile Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful south coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 450ft in our futuristic glass viewing pod, which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.
Phone 03337 720360
Email traveltrade@britishairwaysi360.com
Website http://britishairwaysi360.com/
Min - Max capacity: No minimum and maximum of 170
Frequency: Tours every 30 minutes.
Private tours: Yes private tours are available.
FIT or Groups: FIT & Groups.
Translation: Yes alternative languages available via the British Airways i360 app.

Where to eat fish and chips

The Regency

Being by the sea, Brighton’s just the place to sample the popular British meal: fish and chips! The Regency is one of Brighton’s oldest restaurants: opening in the 1930s. Prior to that the building was the home of Harriet Melon, one of the richest women in Europe. It serves seafood of all kinds, from traditional fish and chips to some more adventurous fare. The Regency is a 20 minute walk from Brighton station.

Website: The Regency

Palm Court Restaurant

With a prime position on Brighton Pier, Palm Court is considered ‘the spiritual home of fish and chips’. Visitors should keep an eye out for the local seagulls though, who are particularly partial to fish and chips. Palm Court is a 15 minute walk from Brighton station.

Website: the Palm Court Restaurant

The Dorset

A top spot for people watchers and people who love to be among the hustle and bustle, the Dorset is right in the heart of Brighton’s lively North Laine. It’s a great place to grab some fish and chips, mezze or traditional pub food along with a pint of local ale. The Dorset is a 5 minute walk from Brighton station.

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Britrail Pass

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

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