Brighton tours and excursions
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.
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.
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.
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