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Brighton and Hove attractions

Brighton makes the most of its fascinating history and here are some of the best attractions to visit. There are a few things that should be on every visitor’s ‘to do’ list, such as the Royal Pavilion, the beach and exploring the shops and cafes in North Laine. But once you’ve ticked them off, there is so much more to discover. As well as shops and restaurants, Brighton Marina has an eight-screen cinema, health and fitness club, 26-lane bowling alley and casino.

But the biggest attraction (quite literally) is the British Airways i360. This glass-viewing pod glides slowly up to 450ft where you can enjoy breathtaking, 360-degree views over the city and countryside beyond. The aquarium is another piece of history worth visiting. Built in 1872, Sea Life Brighton is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, and its Gothic architecture creates an incredible atmosphere, alongside the fascinating fish and other marine life. But if you’d rather be in the countryside, than looking at it from afar, a visit to the South Downs National Park is a must. It covers 1,600km2 of rolling hills, offering fantastic views.

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Sealife Brighton
Sealife Brighton

Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

Situated right on the seafront next to Brighton’s iconic pier, Sealife Brighton is the world’s oldest operating aquarium and provides a fascinating insight into life below the waves. With over 3500 creatures and 60 displays, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day out for the whole family! Go on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Visit website

Escape Game Brighton
Escape Game Brighton

2FH, 21 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2FH

Escape Game Brighton is Brighton’s first escape room! The game is simple. You and your team are trapped inside a room and you have 60 minutes to escape. During that time you will have to work as a team and use a combination of logic, intuition and good old fashioned detective work to figure out the solution of how to escape. Visit website

The Llama Park
Llama Park

Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JN

The Llama Park, adjacent to the Ashdown Forest which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to an ever-growing variety of animals which today includes llamas, alpacas, reindeer, horses, donkeys, Jacob sheep, Kune Kune pigs, peafowl and poultry, with more animals on the way. The park’s 33 acres are yours to explore and you can do this on your own or take a guided walk in the grounds with a llama or donkey. Visit website

Bluebell Railway
Steam train

Firbank Way, East Grinstead RH19 1EB

The Bluebell Railway operates vintage steam engines every weekend and daily from April to October. Enjoy a journey through the Wealden countryside travelling behind one of these beautifully restored locomotives. Trains run between Sheffield Park Station and the station at East Grinstead which provides access to this historic market town. Visit website

Lewes Castle
Lewes Castle

Bull House, 92 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XH

Climb to the top of the 1000 year old Lewes Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. The adjoining Barbican House is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology and houses local collections from the Stone Age to medieval times. A mini-cinema tells the story of Lewes from prehistoric to Victorian times. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Chris Child/Unsplash; Escape Game Brighton; Jon Ritchie/Ken Taylor Design/; Julia Claxton Photography/Sea Life Brighton; The Llama Park

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