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Romantic things to do in Brighton

The best of romantic Brighton for couples

Brighton is a perfect destination for couples thanks to its cocktail bars, observation towers, glorious seaside and nearby rolling countryside. There are ample opportunities to get dressed up, kitted out or try on wacky outfits; and all in the name of love. Couples can enjoy classic romantic activities such as watching the sunset from Brighton Pier, or savour each other’s company on a scenic hike through the South Downs National Park. Or fall in love with the architecture of Brighton Pavilion before jetting off on a private boat excursion; this truly is one of the most romantic cities in England.

  1. Get locked up together at Alcotraz
  2. Appreciate the architecture at Brighton Pavilion
  3. Charter a private boat from Brighton Marina
  4. Take a scenic hike through the South Downs
  5. Enjoy the views at the i360 Tower
  6. Watch the sunset on Brighton Pier

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1. Get locked up together at Alcotraz

Amp date night up a notch at Alcotraz, a prison-themed escape room that makes for a great couples activity. Although the bright orange jumpsuits you’re required to wear don’t quite give off romantic vibes – nor the cell block setting – you can still have a pretty fun, romantic evening here. ‘Smuggle in’ your own drinks and allow mixologists to serve you with flavours to your liking; as long as you’ve got each other, you’re in safe hands. If you’re browsing Brighton holidays, this has to be one of the most fun additions you can add to your trip!

Best for: Group date nights.

Don’t forget: Embrace the group vibes with a trip to Lucky Voice Karaoke which is conveniently just around the corner.

2. Appreciate the architecture at Brighton Pavilion

There’s something about Brighton Pavilion’s architecture that emits romance and allure. Perhaps it’s the Indian-style domes, the oriental interiors or its general setting amidst the peaceful green park. Whether you want to appreciate the Pavilion from the outside or venture inside to take in more detailed opulence, there’s no doubting that this 18th-century pavilion is one of the most gorgeous spots in Brighton – a perfect backdrop for you and your significant other.

Best for: Architecture fans.

Don’t forget: Sprawl out with a picnic in the park.

3. Charter a private boat from Brighton Marina

Make the most of this south coast city by taking to the waters. Book onto a private chartered boat and let yourselves be whisked. Departing from Brighton Marina, your luxury yacht will set sail across the coastline before tacking out into the English Channel. You can either take the helm of the boat yourself or kick back and let others do the work for you, while you soak up the views with your better half. If the weather’s good enough, anchor up and brave a dip in the sea. Not for you? Simply look back at the disappearing beachfront as you escape the crowds with a smug sense of intimacy.

Best for: Water babies.

Don’t forget: When you return to dry land, go for a meal at one of the swanky restaurants lining the Marina.

4. Take a scenic hike through the South Downs

Not far from Brighton lies the South Downs National Park – its rolling hills make some of the most stunning scenery in England. Lace-up your boots and set off to the likes of Ditchling Beacon or Devil’s Dyke; breathe in the fresh air, admire the carpets of bluebells and simply take in the undulating views. If you don’t want to fully exert yourself, a suitable alternative is by simply taking the open-top bus where you can hop on and off for any sights or areas that take your fancy.

Best for: Outdoorsy types.

Don’t forget: You can also go horseback riding through the South Downs on a selection of trails – but keep a safe distance from the grazing farmland.

5. Enjoy the views at the i360 Tower

The British Airways i360 takes a prime spot at the western end of the seafront, where you can whizz up 162m to a glass observation pod. Although the structure itself isn’t very aesthetically pleasing, the views from the pod are incredible, spanning views across the Channel and down onto the city’s seafront below.

Best for: Panoramic views.

Don’t forget: Check out the skeletal remains of the old Brighton Pier (Palace Pier), which burnt down in 2003, for a unique sight.

6. Watch the sunset on Brighton Pier

Heading down to the beach is simply one of the best romantic things to do in Brighton. Its long seafront stretch means that there’s space for everyone, with all sorts of romantic activities on offer. Enjoy a picnic, barbecue or fish and chips while you relax on the pebbled beach. Even better, time your visit with sunset so you can enjoy the orange hues while you clink your glasses and enjoy the ultimate Brighton experience. Walk it off afterwards with a stroll along Brighton Pier, which stays open until 9pm, and enjoy a quiet moment at the pier head.

Best for: Hopeless romantics

Don’t forget: Go for a paddle and let the cool water lap at your ankles.

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