Things to Do With Kids in Brighton

Brighton is a family-friendly place with activities everyone will love
Brighton is a family-friendly place with activities everyone will love | © BRIAN HARRIS / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 July 2020

Brighton’s bohemian charm may make it seem like more of an adult’s playground, but the seaside city attracts many families thanks to its relaxing atmosphere and endless family friendly activities. Whether you dream of strolling the pier, grabbing some ice cream or just letting the kids splash in the sea, read what Culture Trip’s local insiders recommend doing with the family in Brighton.

Volk’s Electric Railway

Historical Landmark
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The Volks Railway on Brighton seafront UK
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Does your child have a fascination with trains? If so, check out the oldest continuously running electric railway in the world. Volk’s Electric Railway, built in 1883, runs the length of Brighton’s 1.6km (1mi) seafront regularly from March to October. You’ll also find the station playing host to a variety of special events. Hop on board and visit the town’s other seaside stations, where you can see how the railway team maintains these train carriages, or visit the aquarium near Brighton Palace Pier. Recommended by local insider Clare Scott


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Minigolf in Brighton has received a mini makeover, and the experience is truly magical. Just as you may be able to guess from the name, Globalls is an indoor minigolf course played under ultraviolet light. Putt your way through all 12 holes while wandering around glowing dinosaurs and safari animals at its Jurassic and Tropicana Glogolf. This will be a winner with the kids and the big kids in your family. Recommended by local insider Clare Scott

Upside Down House

Art Gallery
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Upside Down House on Brighton seafront. Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
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Yes, this is just how it sounds: this topsy-turvy, turquoise house on the Brighton seafront is upside down. Wander inside the quirky family attraction where you’ll find all the standard rooms and features of a normal house – a bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom and even a kids’ play area – just flipped upside down. You’ll find wooden floors on the ceiling and furniture hanging from above. Don’t forget to bring the camera, as this is the perfect place for some creative and zany family photo ops. Recommended by local insider Ellie Ricketts

Brighton Zip

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Want to enjoy some family friendly thrills while in Brighton? If so, the Brighton Zip will raise some hairs and get that adrenaline coursing. Found on the famed Brighton Beach, the Brighton Zip offers a 300m (984ft) zip wire as well as a heart-pumping, 24m (79ft) free-fall experience while gliding down the beautiful seafront. It’s the longest zip wire on the UK’s South Coast. After some high-flying adventures, grab some fish and chips at its food court or cool down with a refreshing gelato. Recommended by local insider Ellie Ricketts

Brighton Palace Pier

Amusement Park, Architectural Landmark
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Visitors enjoying amusement arcade on Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
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The famous Brighton Palace Pier offers hours of family friendly games, activities, rides and restaurants. Try your luck at the arcade games, or take a classic ride on the carousel. Thrillseekers will love the Turbo Coaster, the Booster and Crazy Mouse rollercoaster. Grab traditional amusement park concession favourites such as hotdogs and pizza, or dine at one of its three restaurants. The Brighton Palace Pier is also within walking distance of other popular attractions, including SEA LIFE Brighton, the Brighton Zip and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Recommended by local insider Ellie Ricketts

These recommendations were updated on July 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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