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Brighton tours and excursions

Brighton tours

Train tours

Hop on Britain’s oldest electric railway. Built in 1883, Volk's Electric Railway is the creation of inventor Magnus Volk, and runs regularly every day from Easter to late September along the seafront – from the aquarium at Brighton Pier to Black Rock at Brighton Marina.

Tel: +44 1273 292 718.
Website: http://www.volkselectricrailway.co.uk

Walking tours

Brighton Walks offers a number of strolls around the city centre including a Ghost Walk, and other themed walks such as the Murder and Mystery Walk and the Quadrophenia Tour. The latter re-visits the locations and themes of the classic, freewheeling 1970s mod movie that made the city a star.

Tel: +44 1273 302 100.
Website: http://www.brightonwalks.com

Brighton excursions

Devil’s Dyke

Legend has it that Devil’s Dyke was formed when Beelzebub dug a trench to flood the God-fearing churches of the Sussex Weald. Today, the verdant valley is part of the 161km-long (100 miles) South Downs Way, a countryside trail that runs from Winchester to Eastbourne. Just 8km (5 miles) north of the city, the 77 bus will have you among country boozers, Iron Age hill forts and a vista John Constable called “the grandest view in the world” in 15 minutes.

Tel: +44 1273 857 712.
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/devils-dyke


For a slice of Olde England at its most cherubic, visit the historic market town of Lewes, 16km (10 miles) from Brighton, and only 15 minutes by train. Check out the stone structure of Lewes Castle and the ruins of Lewes Priory, and enjoy a hearty lunch and a pint of English ale in one of the town’s ancient watering holes. Bonfire night is celebrated more vigorously here than anywhere else in the country – find street processions and burning effigies, as this quaint little town channels the spirit of Britain’s favourite pyrotechnic.

Website: http://www.visitsussex.org/page/lewes
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Featured Hotels


Hotel du Vin

Boasting a convenient location between the Lanes conservation area and the beachfront, Hotel du Vin is an elegant Brighton hotel with 49 stylish bedrooms housed in a collection of gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings that dates back to 1695. Next door is the Pub du Vin, where sports heads can catch the latest matches on the big screen and get involved in the local plonk.

Hotel Pelirocco

Self-styled as ‘England’s Most Rock n’ Roll Hotel’, the Pelirocco wears its (tattooed) heart on its sleeve. With unique designs in each room, visitors can count sheep in sleeping quarters such as the Modrephenia (complete with scooter bedside table) and the Pretty Vacant (think: angry teenager’s bedroom with punk posters and guitars). For a naughty weekend away, the Nookii room is your best bet with its peep show shower and adult board games.


Suitable for the budget-conscious, this low-key hostel is set away from the hustle and bustle on a quiet residential side street in Hove. Rooms come with one, two or four beds, with shared facilities on each floor. It has stylish wooden floorboards, warm basement kitchens and a converted coal cellar for a chinwag.

The Grand Hotel

Brighton's most famous hotel and one of the only 5-star establishments in the city the The Grand’s elegant Victorian building enjoys a central seafront position. This extensive hotel has more than 200 lavishly appointed rooms and offers a stylish and luxurious base from which to explore the city. Its afternoon teas are world famous too.

Drakes Hotel

This Georgian townhouse is where the media set stay when they’re in town, with the likes of Sadie Frost and Woody Allen amongst its former guests. The interior combines orientalism and Indochine French design, and it pitches for laidback glamour. The onsite restaurant is fabulous, while the accompanying cocktail bar has an abundance of classics on offer - though mercifully no Sex On The Beach in sight.

The Granville

Styled as Brighton's original boutique hotel, The Granville exudes a thoroughly old school charm. Each of the 24 rooms are individually themed, so visitors can stay in the likes of the Noel Coward Room, with its art deco furniture, or the blue Lace Room with its Jacuzzi bath. Even Thomas Kemp, the local hero behind Kemp Town, has his own four walls.