Portsmouth and Southsea
If you are interested in ships you can take a day trip by train to Portsmouth and Southsea.
The trip takes less than 1,5 hours from Brighton. The harbour town of Portsmouth is one of Britain's maritime bases. It has an exhibition of historic ships and a few ship museums.
The residental suburb of Southsea offers a long pebble beach and many seaside amusements.
- Budget Travel
Great Pub for family Sunday lunch
A really good place to go if you have transport for a decent Sunday roast is The Cock pub at Ringmere. Run by the Ridley family, The Cock is housed in a 16th century coaching inn and offers a really extensive menu to tempt all types of tastebuds. The decor is wonderful unspoilt, the bar with original oak beams, a flag-stone floor and an Inglenook fireplace, where a log fire can be found in cooler months.
Priding themselves "on keeping a range of cask conditioned real ales and you will always find Harvey's Best Bitter, Old and Mild (in season), together with regular guest beers.....If wine is your tipple, you will find a range of reasonably priced wines guaranteed to suit every palate".
See their website for menus.
In warmer weather, this traditional English pub has very pleasant gardens, with views of the South Downs where you can watch the sun go down.
The restaurant (non-smoking) seats up to 72 diners and can cater for groups of up to 30 people. Children welcome. Sunday roasts are served all day up until 9.30 pm, so you don't need to rush on your day of rest ; )
Refreshments available including
water bowl and chew on the house.
The Cock is situated on the A26 between Uckfield and Lewes just outside Ringmer and is just 15 minutes from Brighton, 5 minutes from the historic town of Lewes and just over 5 minutes from Uckfield.
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Duke of York's Picture House
Located on Preston Circus, The Duke of York's shows the best of current, classic, independent and foreign language releases.
Brighton's most elegant picture house is also the oldest cinema showing films continuously in Britain.
Opened by the mayor of Brighton in 1910, it is a Grade II listed building.
The auditorium which seats nearly 330 people is legendary for its comfort and has been kept as close as possible to its original form. It features one of the original balcony boxes, which is available to book at a special price.
The balcony bar is an ideal place to meet friends before or after a screening.
The auditorium is licensed so that you can enjoy a drink whilst watching a film.
On Friday and Saturday there are popular late night shows and Junior Dukes, a Kids Club, takes place every Saturday morning.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Visit the surrounding villages
Near Brighton are some beautiful, charming villages such as the village of Rottingdean. Rottingdean is a very small village, with only a population of about 2000. It's a wonderful place for peaceful walks, looking through its bookstores which describes its history, and has some wonderful places where you can have a cuppa (cup of tea). Also near Brighton (4 km away, or 30 minutes by bus) is the village of Falmer with its gorgeous countryside (in the spring, you will see cows in the hillside!), ponds, and quaint houses. Falmer is also home to the University of Sussex. Don't be afraid to leave Brighton and explore the tiny adjoining villages! Both Rottingdean and Falmer are served by buslines from Brighton.
- Hiking and Walking
Visit the Sussex countryside!
While Brighton is certainly a lovely town, it is located in a beautiful setting, East Sussex, that most tourists probably miss. Sussex is an extremely beautiful county, with verdant countryside and a peaceful atmosphere. The South Downs is just one area that was granted the distinction of being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means that it was recognized by the government for being an exceptional place of beauty and must be maintained that way. The South Downs runs from Winchester down to Eastbourne (close to Brighton) on the coast. Many people walk and bike, as it is both peaceful and offers stunning views of the English Channel. Eastbourne is just a short trainride away at Brighton Railway Station.
- Hiking and Walking
This is not exactly 'off the beaten track', but it is out of town.
Devil's Dyke is a well known local beauty spot. Legend has it that the Devil, angry at the local population, tried to drive a river through the area to flood it, but he was stopped in his tracks here.
It's a great place to go on a Sunday morning, walk a little on the Downs and watch the paragliders.
You can take a bus from the station or the pier- open-topped buses run in Summer and normal buses on winter weekends.
In memory of William Friese-Greene
I am not even sure where the plaque shown in the picture is located. However it commemorates the work done by William Friese-Green - he was the inventor of cinematography, and had carried out the original experiments at a location in Brighton. His work has led to a world-wide industry.
The sound of the see talks for itself!
Brighton is a very nice city, i recommend it especially for young people! As im a student in this city i can only tell you about the nice clubs and the other opportunities to "chill"!
It is mostly a student city so its full of foreigners not really a tipical english city!
- Study Abroad
If you have a few hours free on a sunny afternoon then it's worth visting Rottingdean for a few hours.
Rottingdean is a village west along the coast from Brighton. You can take a bus from old Steine or the seafront just west of Palace (aka Brighton) Pier.
It used to be a haven for smugglers but it's a sleepy place these days. You get a nice feel of old England if you want a break from cosmopolitan Brighton.
Rudyard Kipling (who wrote the Jungle Book and 'If') lived there and by his cottage there are some nice gardens you can visit. Treat yourself to tea and scones before heading back!
FURTHER AFIELD - LEWES
If you have the time and want a day away from Brighton then Lewes is not far away. It is a historical small town and there is a castle and Anne of Cleeves house (one of Henry VIII's wives). In addition to this, bonfire night at Lewes is a famous cultural event with torch processions and spectacular firework displays! Don't forget your earplugs - its gets very noisy!!
To the west of Brighton lies Hove which is an upperclass version of Brighton with beautiful sweeping crescents and avenues. On the beach at Hove you will find these colourful beach huts with a grassy esplanade behind. When in Hove, visit Palmeira Square and George Street shops.
There are some lovely parks in Brighton and the Queens Park is just up the hill from St James Street towards the Hanover area. There is a children's playground, lake, dog walking areas, tennis courts, bowling green, wildlife garden and plenty of green grass for relaxing on. I like to spend time here.
Visit the village of Rottingdean east along the coast from Brighton. A former smuggler's village, at least I presume it's former and not still going on, it was named by the Saxons, Rottingdean meaning "the valley of Rota's people." It's picturesque village and located on the seaside.
See the former homes of such notable authors as Rudyard Kipling at the Elms, and Enid Bagnold, she wrote National Velvet.
If you find yourself wandering past of wall of Kipling's house, look for the stone face in the flint wall. It is supposedly a wishing stone, rub the nose, and then turn yourself clockwise three times on the spot to have your wish granted. But you can wish for personal riches, no "I want to win a million dollars."
Wander around the village, feed the ducks in the pond and visit buildings such as Whipping Post House, which was home to Captain Dunk, one of those aforementioned smuggers. The building takes its name from a punishment previously held here, that of the whipping post. There was also a dunking stool, hence Captain Dunk.
After all that wandering around you may wish to stop for refreshments, possibly at the Old Cottage Tearooms, a 400 year old haunted establishment, or at the Black Horse Inn, a 500 year old listed building.
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
This was transformed into a lush castle by Henry VIII. It's situated on 500 acres of grounds and you can wander in the gardens or go get lost in the maze. Yes, we got lost in the maze. You can cheat and ask someone who's already reached the centre to direct you, they're up higher and can see the way ;-)
Open year round the admission varies depending on which time of year you visit, ranging from £9.50 to £12
We drove a car to Leeds Castle but there are several coach buses from London which you drop you off. A train option is also available, a all in one pass takes you to Bearsted Station with shuttle included to the castle. The pass also includes the price of admission. A regular all in one adult pass costs £21.50 from London.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
A quieter seaside town east of Brighton. The average age of the people on the seafront is probably 30 years more than those in Brighton. A lot more peaceful. I think it's a great place to take small children as there are less people.
You can walk along the pier in Eastbourne as well.
From this town you can take boat tours which will take you out to Beachy Head.
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