Brighton is a busy city, so sometimes escaping for a relaxing day trip is a treat! Brighton sits in the area of Sussex, with lots of gorgeous towns and historic landmarks close by. Read on to learn about the best day trips from Brighton.

From the natural beauties such as Seven Sisters cliffs to history-soaked Hastings, we’ve collected our favourite places close to Brighton that are perfect for a day trip, especially in the summer months! All of these are easy to get to via bus or train and showcase the very best attractions in Sussex. Discovering the local area is a great way to learn more about British culture, and even gives you the opportunity to practice your English in new surroundings.


What are the Best Day Trips from Brighton?



Lewes is one of the best day trips from Brighton

Lewes is a short 30-minute train ride from Brighton Station, but once you step off the train, you’ll feel absorbed in the medieval streets and be transported to a time gone by. Lovers of heritage and culture can absorb some of Sussex past at Lewes Castle and Museum and Anne of Cleeves House, while literary fans might want to browse the shelves of the Fifteenth Century Bookshop or visit nearby Charleston House, the one-time home of the Bloomsbury group of writers and artists or Virginia Woolf’s former home, Monk’s House.


Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle

Another spot for history lovers, Arundel Castle is a medieval castle and stately home, with beautiful gardens. Open from April until September, Arundel Castle is perfect for a summer day trip. Enjoy coffee in the picturesque gardens, visit in April and see the famous Tulip Festival, take a guided tour of the estate or join in on one of the interactive theme days on throughout the season.


Seven Sisters and South Downs

Seven Sisters and the South DownsNature lovers, be sure to take a trip to Seven Sisters! This collection of seven white chalk cliffs, that are part of the South Downs, make a great place for a summers walk. Stop off for a picnic halfway and admire the views, or take the beach route and walk or cycle along the Sussex coast.



HastingsFurther along the coast finds Hastings. Home of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Hastings Old Town is rich with history, from Norman conquering to smuggling pirates, while the new town is host to popular cafes and bars. Top attractions include Hastings Castle, St Clements Caves and the Cliffs Railway.


Devil’s Dyke

Devils Dyke is one of the best day trips from BrightonAnother one for the outdoors type, Devil’s Dyke is a deep valley that also makes up part of the South Downs. Regular buses run between Brighton and Devil’s Dyke throughout summer, so you can explore this natural beauty. Don’t forget to stop off a The Devil’s Dyke pub for a well-deserved post-hike pint before heading back to Brighton!

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