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Best Kept Secrets

Best Kept Secrets

Brighton is a unique and varied place, packed with all kinds of quirky and unusual sights to visit and things to do. From tiny, gorgeous restaurants to boutique shops, Brighton has a thriving underground of alternative attractions. To help you avoid the big tourist traps, we’ve hunted down the best of the city’s undiscovered and underappreciated gems to share with you.
 
Brighton is home to an impressive selection of museums. However, one of the most interesting and unusual is hidden away from public eyes in the basement of Brighton Town Hall. The Old Police Cells Museum offers a unique insight into the history of the Sussex Police, including the opportunity to explore the cells where prisoners were once incarcerated. It’s a fascinating deviation from the beaten path!
 
Young children will also love the Hove Park Railway, a favourite among railway enthusiasts. However, be warned that this miniature railway line is only open for rides every now and then - so make sure you check opening times in advance.
 
Many visitors to Brighton can be found camped out on the beach or exploring the pier. Whilst these are both great ways to spend your time, the seaside also offers the chance to try something a bit different… Take to the seas with BK Kayaking and ride the waves in a kayak or canoe to see a different view of Brighton. Learn the basics of kayaking, chill out on the waves or even have a go at fishing for mackerel to cook when you get back to shore.
 
And while you’re by the seaside, why not head to the beach? No, not the main Brighton beach! Take a short walk further east and you’ll discover Brighton nudist beach, the UK's oldest public naturist beach. Opened back in 1980, the beach is still a popular destination for those who want to relax by the sea without all the hassle of wearing clothes.
 
When you get hungry, it’s time to try out Brighton’s best kept foodie secrets... Pompoko is a tiny Japanese restaurant in The Lanes. The food is affordable and the charming restaurant feels like a real undiscovered gem. Meanwhile, The Office is a trendy pub-bar in North Laine which specialises in gin and serves great Thai Food. Need caffeine? The Marwood is one of Brighton's best hipster coffee hang-outs, with a lovely secret garden area and live music events in the evenings. Brighton Rocks is famous for their delicious Sunday roasts but is also a great location for an evening cocktail or your choice of craft beer. They even run cocktail classes so you can learn how to make yourself an impressive selection of cocktails!
 
If all that doesn’t give you your fill of Brighton’s weird and wonderful destinations, you can take a walking tour of the city’s most peculiar and unusual places with Only in Brighton. The tour introduces you to everything that makes Brighton unique, from its vibrant street art to its history as the UK’s LGBT capital.

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