Things to do in Brighton with Kids

Visitors in the Upside Down House in Brighton

Introducing Sussex mum and fellow blogger, Mum with Wanderlust

Sussex-based mum and blogger Rachel – a.k.a. Mum with Wanderlust has very kindly put together a fab itinerary of things to do in Brighton with kids. She certainly knows a thing or two about planning days out as a travel writer with a passion for exotic travel. Her philosophy – making nowhere off limits with kids – is super inspirational and one that I’m whole-heartedly signed up to.

She showcases her family’s jaw-dropping holidays and gives sage travel advice over on her blog Mum with Wanderlust. Destinations featured include Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Finland, France and good ol’ Blighty. Her blog’s jam-packed with gorgeous photos for a bit of escapism – perfect while permitted travel lists are in force.

Home Comforts

The beauty of Sussex is that there’s so much to explore on the doorstep – countryside, seaside, cities and villages. With half term next week and the summer hols just around the corner, it’s always good to have some local fun lined up. Rachel’s blended her local knowledge and travelling skills to create the ultimate family-friendly guide for Brighton. Without any more of my waffling, let’s have a look at Rachel’s ideas for brilliant things to do with kids in Brighton.

By Rachel, Mum With Wanderlust

Less than an hour from London by train Brighton has historically been a popular day out for Londoners. Nowadays it’s also well served by road as well as rail making it a great destination for a day out in the South East of England. Brighton is well known for nightlife, culture, shopping and art but it’s also a fabulous Sussex city to visit with children. Here are my favourite Brighton activities for families.

The Upside Down House 

A woman and two children posing in Brighton's Upside Down House
One of many gravity defying photo opportunities in Brighton’s Upside Down House

The Upside Down House is one of the most fun and instagrammable places in Brighton. Go in with your camera ready! The staff will help you with how to pose so that you get the best family photos. Everything inside the house is upside down and it might make you feel a bit odd being inside – it can take you a moment to adjust.

The upside down house is right on the sea front near the i360. You can pre-book or queue for entry on the day. It’s small, it won’t take up much of your day but it is a lot of fun and the photos will keep you giggling for days afterwards. 

The Royal Pavilion

Visiting a big old house might not seem like fun for kids but the grandeur of the pavilion impresses almost everyone. There’s an audio tour aimed at kids that you can listen to via your mobile. This helps the kids learn about the history in an interesting way and there are things to spot as you go around the house – like spotting the rats hiding in the kitchen! If you have an animal lover keep your ear out for the story about George the Pavilion Cat – he’s even had a book written about him!

Currently you are encouraged to pre-book your tickets online as they are limiting numbers (as a Covid precaution). If you don’t pre-book you could still get in so long as they have space for you, you might just need to be flexible with your timings. 

British Airways i360

Views for days over Brighton from the i360

Taking a flight on the iconic i360 is impressive for adults and kids alike. From 450ft in the air you’ll see for miles across the sea, Brighton and the surrounding areas. The grown ups can treat themselves to a drink from the bar which makes it feel less upsetting if this is the closest your’ve been to taking a flight with British Airways for quite some time.  The site is buggy-friendly but if the pod is particularly busy you might be asked to leave if with the staff on the ground. 

After the flight, any budding engineers will be fascinated by the ‘How it was built’ exhibition.

Pre-booking online will earn you a 10% discount. The i360 is very welcoming of families and if your child is a Blue Peter badge holder they’ll get in for free with a paying adult. Brighton locals will get a 50% discount. 

Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton is the oldest aquarium in the world and the spectacularly lit Victorian architecture is absolutely stunning. There are over 5000 sea creatures to get to know in the centre including rays, octopus, turtles and sharks.
Pre-book your tickets online for a discount. Be sure to check out the different offers available; for example weekday parent and toddler sessions are cheaper than weekends and peak times. Or if you’re a Merlin pass holder entrance is included in your pass!

Brighton Palace Pier

It wouldn’t be a trip to Brighton if you don’t venture down the pier. It can be busy, noisy and as you progress out to sea it’s often very windy! You’ll find the usual gamut of arcade games undercover and at the end of the pier is a selection of rides suitable for a range of ages. You can also find candy floss, fresh doughnuts and crepes to fill up those empty tummies. 

Once you’ve finished on the pier you can head down to the pebbly seafront. Walking along the promenade you’ll find plenty of options for lunch, ice creams and even live performances! Brighton Music Halls usually has live music playing, you’ll often spot roller skaters, volleyball games, street dancers and if you’re lucky you’ll see Brighton’s skateboarding dog! There is always something interesting to spot on the Brighton seafront.

One of our favourite places to eat on a day out in Brighton with the family is The Breakfast Club! Warning – this American diner style restaurant has HUGE portion sizes! And there aren’t really many healthy options on the menu. We love heading into Brighton early for breakfast at The Breakfast Club and fuelling up for our day out but despite the name they do offer a lunch and dinner menu as well.

Brighton Breakfast Club – 16-17 Market St, Brighton BN1 1HH (open for bookings now. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm)

Thank you so much, Rachel for your awesome guide. Don’t forget to go and check out her blog and give her a follow over on Instagram 🙂

Other Top Places to Eat with Kids on Brighton Seafront

A summer’s day out on Brighton seafront is classic British seaside at its best. As far as I’m concerned, no day out is complete without something delicious to eat. If you’re going to be a proper tourist at home, soak in some seaside vibes and head up to Bankers on Western Road for good old fashioned fish and chips. If however, you prefer something more refined or less, well, greasy here are some of my fave family-friendly alternatives.

Shelter Hall – a very welcome addition to the seafront with something for everyone and bags of space for all the family. They’re open all day long whether your tribe is early rising or late to bed.

Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB (open 8am – 12am Monday – Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday)

Murmur – a smart casual dining treat for all the family.

91 – 96 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN (opening times vary).

The Salt Room – delicious seafood in a surprisingly cool family-friendly restaurant.

106 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU (opening hours vary).

The Flour Pot – for brunch, light bites and very good coffee & pastries whether you’re sitting in or taking out.

Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB (Monday to Sunday 8am – 7pm)

Gelato Gusto – the perfect place for dreamy home made gelato on the beach.

54-57 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2LN (open Monday 10.30am – 5pm and Friday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm

And for all of your epic out of town pub gardens this summer, why not read about Epic pub gardens with play areas in Mid Sussex next?

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