Explore Beyond: 5 Great Tours In And From Brighton, UK - Updated 2021

best day trips from brighton

Brighton might be one of the most famous and lively English seaside resort towns, and is a popular day-trip destination for all kind of travelers. Having tons of interesting things to do, the charming and cosmopolitan city might be a bit overwhelming for those not really sure about what to do and see. So, this best Brighton day-trips selection is for you and through these great tour ideas in and out of the city, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself in the area and beyond!

1. Sightseeing tours and street exploration of Brighton

Kensington Gardens, Brighton
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Everyone has heard about Brighton’s atmospheric Lanes, but fewer have actually discovered all of their secrets and narrowed streets. These tours are a great opportunity to experience the maze of historic alleyways and narrow passageways at the heart of Brighton’s Old Town in a funny and interesting way. Walking through the town’s coolest, weirdest shops, bars, cafés, venues and art places you’ll learn Brighton’s fascinating history from your local guide who’ll drive you through the fantastic and surprising streets.

From the Lanes to Brighton’s Pleasure Pier passing by Kemptown, a lively part of town and of course, the Royal Pavilion, you’ll love gazing at all of these interesting and beautiful places and to get to know the city’s great patrimony and cultural history with these 2 brilliant tours.

Secrets of the Lanes Walking Tour in Brighton

Address: Brighton, UK


Brighton: Lanes & Backstreets Small Group Tour w/ a Local

Address: Brighton, UK


2. tours from above

Brighton embankment near Brighton Pier (2015) - panoramio
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These 2 surprising and stunning tours will blast your expectations! Hovering high above Brighton in a helicopter and seeing iconic sights like Brighton Pier, the rolling green South Downs and the white chalk cliffs is a mesmerizing thing to do. Guided by your experienced pilot’s commentary, you’ll point out and learn about the area’s landmarks such as The Grand Hotel, the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier in an interesting new point of view and be able to snap fantastic aerial photos of surrounding landscapes of South Downs, passing dramatic white cliffs and the historic port of Newhaven. For sure, you’ll be full of incredible memories and pictures from the sky with these two activities worth checking out!

The Brighton Quickie - A Private 20 Minute Helicopter Tour of Brighton

Address: Brighton, UK


The Heavenly Half Hour - A Private 30 Minute Helicopter Tour of Brighton and the South Downs

Address: Brighton, UK


3. cycling tours of Brighton (from USD 42.0)

Brighton Royal Pavilion
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Discovering Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant seaside towns, might be a little difficult as there are many things to do and see all over the place. One good opportunity to get the most out of your stay in the town is via bicycle. With these 2 cycling tours of the city, you’ll get to see all the main city attractions (such as the Brighton Pier, St Peter’s Church, Preston Manor, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Dome and the graffiti-laden back streets of North Laine) following peaceful cycle trails with your guide who’ll explain you the city’s rich heritage. These two tours are perfect for travelers seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, in an intimate atmosphere, to discover the city’s top-ranked attractions within a day: a great choice for a leisure discovery day!

Twilight Bike Tour of Brighton

Address: Brighton, UK


Cycling Tour of Brighton City

Duration: 2 hours 29 minutes

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4. Day trip to Stonehenge and Bath (from USD 69.0)

Stonehenge back wide
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This tour from Brighton will drive you to Stonehenge, a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage site, England, north of Salisbury and to Bath, a wonderful town in southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. On this full-day trip, traveling on a comfortable bus, you’ll be mind blown by the mysterious monoliths of ancient Stonehenge and the Georgian buildings of the Royal Crescent, the grand Gothic Bath Abbey and the famous Roman Baths complex. It’s a great opportunity to discover other towns, points of interest and UNESCO-listed sites within a great day trip through the further UK!

Brighton to Bath and Stonehenge Full-Day Tour with Admission

Duration: 1 day

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5. Day trip to Cambridge (from USD 57.0)

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Cambridge is a famous student city in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back to 1209. Picked up from Brighton to Cambridge in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach you’ll appreciate exploring the many sites of interest (the University of Cambridge, Parker’s Piece, the Senate House, the River Cam, etc.) of the beautiful Cambridge city during the full-day trip out of Brighton. Accompanied with a guide all day long, you’ll appreciate discovering facts and secrets from the area but also moving freely by yourself in the city.

Brighton to Cambridge Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

Duration: 12 hours

Experience the many faces of Southern UK from Brighton!

Brighton is one of the most lively and cosmopolite cities of the UK. This seaside resort town has a historical center, wonderful buildings and a vast range of activities such as enjoying music and partying, sightseeing, shopping, drinking and eating. Furthermore, the city is also the point of departure for numerous other trips within the country (such as Cambridge, Bath and Stonehenge) and with these great day-trips in and out of Brighton, you’ll have plenty of things to do and see during your holiday in the United Kingdom.

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