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There is so much to love about Brighton! It’s the seaside, the UK’s LGBT capital, a fascinating historic city, and home to all sorts of fun things to do. Sometimes the hardest thing is deciding between all the brilliant activities on offer! To help you out, we have put our heads together to make a definitive list of the things we love most about Brighton.
 
Brighton's historic quarter The Lanes is a maze of twisting alleyways where you'll find a wonderful selection of charming independent shops, boutiques and cafes. Particularly famous for its antique shops, there are also lots of jewellery shops, tea rooms and boutiques. Not to be confused with ‘The Lanes’, North Laine is another lovely area of Brighton just south of the rail station, home to hundreds of local independent businesses including shops, restaurants and bars. An eclectic area with a bohemian atmosphere, North Laine is well worth an afternoon of relaxed retail therapy. One of the loveliest (and strangest) shops in the area is Snoopers Paradise. Full of furniture, antiques, vintage fashion, and strange trinkets, entering Snoopers Paradise is like getting lost in a magical world of antique and ‘up-cycled’ treasures. While you’re in the shopping mood, we also love Brighton’s Open Market, a gorgeous covered market where you’ll find an array of stalls selling everything from food and drink to antiques, fashion and crafts.
 
When you’re done shopping, take to the sea! Brighton Marina’s Water Tours offer you the chance to explore the watery side of Brighton. You can enjoy a speedboat ride, a tour around the Brighton coastline and piers, or a fishing trip. If that doesn’t float your boat, get more hands-on with a lesson from Lagoon Watersports. You can learn how to sail, wakeboard or windsurf at Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina.
 
Situated on the seafront just in front of Brighton pier, Sealife Brighton is a great choice to visit for a family day out. The aquarium is home to a huge array of exciting sea creatures including sharks, sting ray, turtles, crabs, starfish, clownfish, seahorses and more.
 
You can't go far in Brighton without stumbling across some interesting architecture, imposing sculptures or public art works. Happily, there are three official Public Art Trails that you can follow around the city, giving you the chance to explore all of the wonderful artsy sites on display around Brighton.  In a similar vein, Brighton Bike Tours are a fantastic way to visit the city. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll hear Brighton’s most exciting and eccentric stories as you cycle around it’s pretty streets.
 
Head out of Brighton to visit Devil’s Dyke, a truly stunning natural valley just five miles from the city. Carpeted in colourful flowers, the Dyke also offers fascinating glimpses into its historic past; keep your eyes open for the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. Alternatively, try the Brighton Undercliff Walk, which runs along the bottom of the chalk cliffs along the top of the seawall.
 
Finally, for a birds’ eye view of the city, check out British Airways i360. Designed by the architects responsible for the London Eye, the British Airways i360 is a unique vertical cable car. Enter the beautiful glass viewing pod before being slowly lifted 450 feet up into the sky. From there, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over Brighton, the surrounding countryside, the dramatic chalk cliffs and the brilliant blue sea.

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