Sun chairs on Brighton Beach, England
View over Brighton Beach, England
Ride the wheel, one of the unusual things to do in Brighton
Brighton Pier, England
Brighton Pier, England
Changing sheds on Brighton Beach, England
Volleyball, one of the unusual things to do in Brighton
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England
Bric-a-brac shops in Brighton, England
An art gallery on Brighton Beach, England
Sun chairs on Brighton Beach, England
View over Brighton Beach, England
Ride the wheel, one of the unusual things to do in Brighton
Brighton Pier, England
Brighton Pier, England
Changing sheds on Brighton Beach, England
Volleyball, one of the unusual things to do in Brighton
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England
Bric-a-brac shops in Brighton, England
An art gallery on Brighton Beach, England
Sun chairs on Brighton Beach, EnglandView over Brighton Beach, EnglandRide the wheel, one of the unusual things to do in BrightonBrighton Pier, EnglandBrighton Pier, EnglandChanging sheds on Brighton Beach, EnglandVolleyball, one of the unusual things to do in BrightonThe Royal Pavilion in Brighton, EnglandBric-a-brac shops in Brighton, EnglandAn art gallery on Brighton Beach, England

8 unusual things to do in Brighton

As soon as you get off the train, you’ll be affronted by high street brands, the smell of local chippies, and a crowd rushing down Queen’s Road towards the pier. Escape the touristy scene by quickly turning a corner to your left and begin to unearth the more unusual things to do in Brighton.

By JAY KAY
  • 1. North Laine

    By taking that turn, you’ll discover the very colourful North Laine. An area that – with its free spirited residents and alleys crammed with shabby-chic cafes, independent craft shops, and inspiring galleries – defines Brighton. Among other gems the ethically driven will appreciate Vegetarian Shoes – leather and suede like shoes that cost no lives – while ArtRepublic brings to the scene cutting-edge limited edition art.


  • 2. The Lanes

    Once you’ve sated your appetite filling your shopping bag to the brim, continue in the direction of the beachfront and you’ll come across yet another much narrower tangle of quirky lanes.

    It’s not the shopping here but the original appearance and mysterious atmosphere of The Lanes that seduces you to utterly lose yourself in this 18th-century maze.

    3. Hidden gems of the seafront

    Eventually you’ll emerge back into the sun (hopefully) facing the pinnacle of Brighton – its beach and the world famous pier. Hardly an off the beaten track destination but among the usual tourist offerings, there are a couple gems worth your attention.

  • Brighton Smoke House, one of the unusual things to do in Brighton

    The first is a small “hole-in-wall” art shop called Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery that stocks creative works by local artist (our favourite is the “Mad Old Cat Lady”) while the other spot Traditional Fish Smokers aim to please your taste buds with the freshness and delicately enhanced taste of local seafood.

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26 August 2013