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Unique Days Out in Brighton this Summer

19 June 2019 | Maisy Farren

Brighton is the perfect tourist spot for couples, friends and families, and offers a whole host of stuff to do all year round. There’s the beach, the pier and the Laines, all of which are well worth a day’s exploring, but if you’re a Brighton regular then you might have worn these out a while back. Here’s our suggestion of new, fun and different days out for Brighton’s visitors this summer. 


Image credit: Bev Mason via Flickr
Booth Museum of Natural History 
194 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 5AA
 
This Victorian museum was founded in 1874 and originally focused on the study of birds. Whilst its bird collection is still huge it has more recently been transformed into a natural history museum, and is the go-to spot for taxidermy, fossils, bones and skeletons. The museum offers an impressive collection of 525,000 insects, 50,000 minerals and rocks, 30,000 plants and 5,000 microscopic slides, and has some specimens believed to be 55 million years old. Nowadays the museum is committed to education and conservation, and for younger visitors you can find a whole host of hands on and interactive tours. 
 
Entrance to Booth Museum is free, making it the perfect summer holidays day out. 

Upside Down House 
42-43 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2LN 
 
Pimp your Instagram with a funky selfie at Brighton’s newest attraction, the Upside Down House. This topsy turvy day out is the company’s fourth bottom up house and features a handful of traditional household rooms to explore. Letting in only a small group at a time there’s plenty of photo taking opportunities, and you can take photos using your own camera or phone which cuts down the alarming price of professional tourist attraction photos. It also means you can get as many as you want! During the week this attraction is open from 10am-8pm and costs £4, whilst on the weekend it stays open till 9pm and costs £5. Be aware, you’ll probably have to queue for this popular spot, but it’s well worth it for a cheap little day out! 
 
This attraction is open until 30 November 2019.


Image credit: The Llama Park via Facebook

The Llama Park 
Wych Cross, Forest Row, RH18 5JN 
 
This 33-acre park can be found just by the Ashdown Forrest, making it a wonderful day out for those looking to enjoy the outdoors. This interactive farm is home to alpacas, reindeer, donkeys, sheep, horses, pigs and, of course, loveable llamas. The park team are committed to their wonderful residents and know the animal’s individualities and quirks inside out. They’re home to 15 llamas and offer unique llama walking tours. Meet your very own llama and take a stroll around the park grounds, stopping off with your tour guide to learn a little about the animals themselves and the local area. They’ve also got a playground, café and restaurant making it ideal for all ages. 
 
The park is open all year around and has a special reindeer accompanied grotto at Christmas! 

Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures 
Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury Industrial Estate, BN1 8AF 
 
Join the legendary (and fictional – we had to check) Phileas Fogg, the great adventurer who bet half of his personal fortune that he could travel the world in just 80 days. Together your adventure will take you through Paris, Venice, Tunisia, Egypt, India, Japan, America and the African jungle, all on with a suspicious Scotland Yard detective hot on your heels. This attraction is a hands-on experience that includes interactive physical, skill or mental games in which to progress in the story. The multimillion-pound sets were made by teams who created Star Wars, James Bond and Harry Potter sets, making them remarkably affective. You can choose to get involved in the scarier and more challenging adult course (14+) or the kids’ course (recommended for ages 7+). Tickets range from £19.95 to £24.95, but we can ensure it will be a day out to remember. 
 
Got nerves of steel? Their Jack the Ripper scare attraction opens 29 June. 


Image credit: Old Police Cells Museum via Facebook 
Old Police Cells Museum 
Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS
 
For a guided tour of some of Brighton’s most gruesome crimes head to the basements of the town hall, the home of the town’s old police cells. In use since the early 1800’s these underground cells were condemned in 1929. In true British style, however, the cells continued to be used until the late 1960s. Clamber into the cells and experience the life of a delinquent, as well as learning about some of this seaside town’s most outrageous crimes. The cells themselves were, in fact, a scene of a crime, when Chief Constable Henry Solomon was killed on duty in 1844. View some old British weapons, policing artefacts and even try on a vintage uniform. The museum is free to visit, however opening hours are limited due to the fact that it’s run by (extremely well-informed) volunteers.  
 
Free guided tours available Tuesday – Saturday at 10.30am
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