Things to Do in Brighton

Things to Do — By marylynsimpson on July 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Brighton Pier has been a Brighton landmark for over 100 years. Originally used as a theater, Brighton Pier is now a hot spot chock-full of restaurants, video arcades and roller coasters. A go-to spot for families, tourists and everyone in between, Brighton Pier is the place to let your inner child loose. The Palace of Fun and Dome arcades are packed with new games including a giant stacker, classic video games and action and shooting games. Heart-stopping thrills are sure to be had at Brighton’s Booster roller coasters. Both Booster and Superbooster are roller coasters sure to get your adrenaline rushing. Be sure to check out Brighton Pier’s other fairground attractions, like henna tattoo booths and budget-friendly restaurants and bars. No visit to Brighton is complete with a trip to Brighton Pier!

The Royal Pavilion is one of the most majestic attractions in Brighton. Built in the 19th century for the Prince Regent (George IV), the seaside palace is now a place where tourists can enjoy the Oriental style architecture and lavishly restored rooms. Some of the Palace highlights include The Banqueting Room and The Music Room. The Banqueting Room will overtake you with its crystal chandeliers and silver gilt. Keeping with its Asian influence, the wall canvases and canopies are decorated to depict Chinese domestic scenes. Enter the fully restored Music Room and see just how deep King George IV’s love of music ran. Lotus-shaped chandeliers, red and gold canvases supported by painted dragons and windows dressed with opulent blue silk-satin draperies supported by carved flying dragons are just the beginning when you enter The Music Room.  The magnificent gilded domed ceiling is made up of hundreds of plaster cockleshells creating an illusion of height. Get a taste for 19th century royal life when you stop by the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. Overlooking the Royal Pavilion Gardens, the Tearoom is the perfect place to take a break and enjoy afternoon tea unlike any other.

Connected to the Royal Pavilion and located in Pavilion Gardens, the Brighton Dome is Brighton’s premiere entertainment venues. Consisting of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome is the place to see just about every major performing art show you can think of. The Indo-Saracenic style glass dome, covering the main hall, has featured such legendary music acts like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and even staged ABBA during the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. While planning your trip to Brighton, be sure to book tickets for one of the many shows at the Brighton Dome.

If the roller coasters on Brighton Pier aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for an adrenaline rush, then consider paragliding over Brighton’s seashore. Airworks Paragliding and Paramotor Centre offers paragliding to those ages 12 to 100+. Located in South Downs between Eastbourne and Brighton, Airworks has the best instructors and equipment to get a bird’s-eye-view of Brighton and the its dazzling sea shores. Flight training and tandem flights are offered to those of all experience levels. Skipper Steve Purdie, a former BHPA Competitions Panel safety officer, British Champion and British Bleriot Cup Team Captain will keep you in the best of hands while flying free in the bright, open air!

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