At the Palace Pier, the charm of Victorian kiosks collides with the flashing lights of dodgems alongside candy floss stalls and fish and chip shops. A weekday ticket for unlimited rides costs £20.
The other existing pier is the West Pier. Today, all that remains is an iron skeleton following the 2003 fire, but the West Pier Trust is currently looking into creating another contemporary pier. Opposite the West Pier, you’ll find the British Airways i360 observation tower, which is 450ft tall. You can save 10% on tickets when you book online.
While fish and chips on the pier is a quintessential Brighton experience, you’ll find cheaper options back on shore or along in Hove. Wolfies of Hove is a family-run business that’s been going for 25 years. It sells sustainably sourced fish and makes chips from local hand-cut potatoes.
For bold Mexican food, try La Choza and for pizza, head to Fatto a Mano, both offering discounts Monday - Wednesday in August through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Brighton is famous for its burgers - meat and vegan alike. Wolfsmouth and The Bok Shop both come highly recommended.
The Real Junk Food Project have a pay-what-you-feel policy for their homemade food and cakes, served by volunteers in community centres across Brighton. Their mantra is to ‘feed bellies, not bins’ - simultaneously tackling the problems of food waste and too many people going hungry. If you can afford to, give generously to support those in need.
Great coffee is another staple of Brighton. Pelicano is open for takeaways, as are all three outlets of Café Coho.
Going to Brighton from London Victoria by train only takes an hour - to get a better deal, buy your ticket in advance and consider going to Hove station rather than Brighton.