12 things to do in Brighton during autumn

If you are looking for a great place to enjoy during autumn season, then Brighton is one of the best choices for you in England. However, the transition from summer to autumn can also be exciting and Brighton is a year-round city packed with things to do in any season, so that’s something worth taking into consideration. Here are some good (and weird, for the ones who like quirky attractions) ways to spend autumn days in the city:

1. Pay a visit to North Laine.

This alternative neighbourhood is a gem of the city. It’s full of more than 400 independent shops (vintage clothing, vinyl records, antiques, second-hand books, designer rugs), cafes, galleries, pubs and many more. Something similar to the legendary London Camden Town; a return to the 60’s.  It also has some top places to visit too! Like The Brighton Dome, an arts venue that every year puts on hundreds of live events, like poetry readings, film viewing, art shows and so on. There’s the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, which has over 10,000 toys in its collection, with exhibits like puppets, model aircrafts and miniature replica 1930s society pieces. The Theatre Royal offer great local shows to West End shows that travel to London. It can be Shakespeare, ballet, comedies and even famous musicals.

Brighton Royal Pavilion has an Indo-Saracenic Revival architectural style

2. The Royal Pavilion.

It is regarded as the jewel of the Crown of Brighton, an Indian-style palace built as a royal retreat by the sea (seaside pleasure if you’d like) for King George IV. The pavilion’s opening hours vary. They open daily, from October to March 10 am to 5.15 pm. From April to September 9.30 am to 5.45pm. It closes at 2.30 on December 24 and is open all day during 25 and 26.

3. Beach Bars.

Brighton’s beach atmosphere and its relatively kind time is what gave the city the name of the “London of the coast”. Its stone beaches are bordered by hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and nightclubs that never seem to close. Some of the most popular beach bars are Brighton Music Hall, Fortune of the War and The Tempest Inn.

4. Sea Life Brighton.

Sea Life Brighton is a marvellous piece of Victorian architecture, and is the oldest operating aquarium in the world. It was built in 1872, featuring over 5,500 creatures. It launched a new art attraction called “day & night” in May of 2019, the attraction is that visitors can see the ocean’s wonderful transition from day to night.

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British Airways i360 was conceived as a "vertical pier" and it is located at the shore end of the ruined West Pier of Brighton

5. British Airways i360.

It is an observation tower (with a futuristic glass pod) which rises 162 metres, placed on the seafront of Brighton. If you want the best view of the city, along with the sunsets and wonderful nights, this is the place to go. The tower has the Nyetimber Sky Bar that serves locally produced drinks such as Nyetimber Classic Cuvee MV and Rosé MV, Harvey’s Brewery Gold Beer, Brighton Gin and many more.

6. Brighton Marina.

Brighton Marina is an elegant shopping centre with galleries, fashion boutiques, craft shops and restaurants with terraces overlooking the water. As you can see, it focuses on the yacht harbour where sailboats are moored at the quay. Volk’s Electric Railway of 1883 shuttles between the marina and the Brighton pier. Among its many attractions, there are also charter boats that give fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame.

7. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

It is located in the garden of the Royal Pavilion, the heart of the city’s culture. It houses one of the most important collections outside of national institutions. Its galleries are innovative, and they include 20th century art, fine art and aside from its permanent galleries, there are programs of temporary exhibitions. The museum has a cafe, shop and education facilities too. The museum’s structure was actually intended as a tennis court but it was never finished.

8. Ghost Hunt at The Old Police Cells Museum.

Among the weird things to do in Brighton, the best known is the Ghost Hunt. In this activity, you head down to the basement of Brighton’s Town Hall and spend the night in old police cells (some of which contain graffiti from real prisoners). The legend has it that this museum is haunted by a Chief who was murdered in 1844 by a prisoner. You can explore the Victorian structure which is reportedly full of troubled souls of people who were in the cells and detention areas. The activity is carried on by different groups such as Haunted Evenings and TruthSearchers UK.

9. English Language Homestays.

It is possible to have fun while you learn. The English Language Homestays Academy offers study programs at different times of the year, and autumn is no exception. During autumn break, they offer two courses which you can choose from. One is a general English course for all levels and the other one is an intensive high level course which you should be at least B2 to participate. During your stay in Brighton at the academy’s homestay facilities, you can also participate in their fun activities such as excursions to London, activities based on Halloween theme, excursion to Chichester and so on!

Brighton is a top destination for food & drinks

10. Walking tours.

What better way to get to know a city and its folklore than walking? From food to even ghosts, Brighton & Hove has a large list of (privately run) walking tours. For example, the Brighton City Walks offers a story walking tour in the city’s old town. You get to explore everything from the Pier to the old town’s buildings, tales of murder, love and snippets of local info unknown by many.

11. Brighton Festival.

It is the official festival of the city, being the largest multi-art event in England. It is celebrated annually in the unusual city of Brighton & Hove. It was stablished in 1967 and has become one of Europe’s leading art festivals since. It celebrates music, dance, film, literature, theatre and a lot more. The streets and squares of Brighton are transformed into improvised theatres, circuses and concert halls. The result is an agenda full of concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, comedy and cabaret throughout the month of May.

12. Ice skating, cinema, food and drink.

Brighton has something for everyone. If you like cinemas, you can pay a visit to Duke of York’s Picture House, known for being the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain. It was built by an actress in 1910, being one of the first cinemas in the world. It even hosted illegal punk rock concerts at some point. There’s the Ice Rink on the Royal Pavilion if you are into ice skating too! Brighton’s first ice rink opened in 1897 and closed in 1901. It was during 1935 when it re-opened again. Also, the city was named as a top destination for those who are into food and drinks for the many different restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. And yes, there are even fish and chips restaurants if you want to try one of the most traditional dishes of the UK.

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Our English courses in Autumn

This Autumn English Course is aimed specifically for students who want to improve their English during the Autumn Break, you can choose from two specific Courses aimed at your needs.

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