Brighton is one of Britain’s most loved seaside resorts, bringing thousands of visitors to its shores each year. The beach and the pier are a big draw of course, but it’s also the city’s artsy vibe, liberal atmosphere and fiercely independent streak which keeps day-trippers coming back for more.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Brighton.
1. Brighton Beach
Of course, top of the list is Brighton’s fantastic beach, ever-popular with locals and tourists all year round. The long stretch of shingle and sand is perfect for paddling, swimming or watersports. Take a selfie by the colourful beach huts, then stroll along the famous pier, before stopping for fish and chips eaten on the seafront. Be warned though, it does get extremely busy in the summer – get there early to avoid the crowds.
2. Preston Park
The city’s largest park offers an extensive play area, two cafes and plenty of open green space for the kids to explore. Mingle with the joggers, dog walkers and local families in this tranquil space – a lovely escape from the crowds in the summer months.
Address: Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD
Opening Hours: Open 24/7.
3. Kings Road Playground
Situated right next to the beach, this playground has lots of equipment for your little ones to climb, swing and play on, and during the summer (May – September) there’s also a giant paddling pool! Parents can hire deck chairs and admire the sea view whilst the kids play, and there’s a great cafe serving freshly made drinks, snacks and sandwiches. A favourite attraction for parents and kids visiting Brighton.
Opening Hours: Open daily during daylight hours
4. Devil’s Dyke
Escape the crowds of Brighton beach and head for the lush green hills of the South Downs. Devil’s Dyke is a legendary beauty spot within the National Park, and only a 25 minute drive from Brighton city centre. You can follow a 3 mile trail around the valley, ending at Saddlescombe Farm café for tea and cake. Check the website below for detailed route plans and more information.
5. Volks Electric Railway
Take a ride on the world’s oldest operating electric railway, which runs between March and September. Originally opened in 1883 the mile-long route along the seafront is a great way to travel if you have little ones with tired legs! Learn all about the inventor Magnus Volk and his pioneering railway at the new visitor centre.
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