Things to do in Brighton

The Thistle Brighton is the perfect base for a traditional seaside holiday, a short city break or the opportunity to explore one of the most charming parts of the country. Situated directly on the seafront, just minutes from Brighton Pier, we’re just a short stroll from the city’s thriving bars, bustling shops and famous theatres. Away from the buzz of the centre, the Thistle Brighton is also well located to discover stunning natural landscapes and explore dramatic historical places.

Events near Brighton Thistle Hotel 2013 - 2014:




Homes & Gardens Show 26th - 27th April 2014 Brighton Centre
London to Brighton Jaguar Run 27th April 2014 Madeira Drive
Foodies Annual food festival 3rd - 5th May 2014 Hove Lawns
Brighton Festival 3rd - 25th May 2014 Various locations
MG Regency Run
London to Brighton MG Run
11th May 2014 Madeira Drive  
MODS and Rockers Reunion
Scooter Event
17th May 2014 Madeira Drive
Brighton Japan festival June 2014 Various locations
Classic Car Run
London to Brighton
1st June 2014 Madeira Drive
Naked Bike ride    8th June 2014 City centre / Madeira Drive
Big Screen on the Beach
Open Air Cinema Event
12th June – 13 July 2014

Beach alongside Madeira Drive

Paddle Around the Pier 5th - 6th July 2014

Hove Lawns

Brighton Kite Festival 2th - 13th July 2014

 Stanmer Park

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 25th - 27th July 2014 Hove Lawns
Pride 2nd August 2014 City Centre/Preston Park
Brighton Race course festival August 2014 Brighton Race course
Little Monsters Bash.
Children’s Festival
9th - 10th August 2014 Stanmer Park
Big Dog
Mountain Biking Event
16th August 2014 Stanmer Park
Stilettos on Wheels
Mountain Bike Event
6th September 2014 Stanmer Park
Festival of Cycling 6th September 2014 Madeira Drive
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 13th - 14th September 2014 New Road
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 19th - 21st September 2014 Hove Lawns
Brighton Motorcycle Event 12th October 2014 Madeira Drive
Veteran Car Run 2nd November 2014 Madeira Drive
Premier League Darts 15th May 2014 Brighton Centre
London to Brighton Bike Ride
BHF Charity Bike Ride
15th June 2014 Madeira Drive
Capital to Coast Bike Ride 22nd June 2014 Hove Lawns
Race For Life 5th-6th July 2014 Stanmer Park
London to Brighton Night Ride.
BHF Night Bike Ride
12th July 2014 Madeira Drive
The Great Escape
Annual Music Festival
8th – 10th May 2014 Various locations
MCBUSTED 24th – 25th May 2014 Brighton Centre
Pet Shop Boys 29th May 2014 Brighton Centre
Paolo Nutini 31st May 2014 Brighton Centre
Little Mix 6th June 2014 Brighton Centre
Caro Emerald 9th October 2014 Brighton Centre
Elaine Page 22nd October 2014 Brighton Dome
IL Divo 28th October 2014 Brighton Centre
Alfie Boe 9th December 2014 Brighton Centre
Jules Holland 13th December 2014 Brighton Centre
Brighton Fringe 3rd - 25th May 2014 Various locations
Sarah Millican 25th - 27th April 2014 The Dome
Lee Evans 26th - 31st August 2014 Brighton Centre
Lee Mack 7th - 28th September 2014 Brighton Centre
Joan Rivers 10th October 2014 Brighton Centre
Dave Gorman 11th October 2014 The Dome
John Richardson 24th October 2014 Brighton Dome
John Bishop 29th October 2014 Brighton Centre
Noel Fielding 29th November 2014 Brighton Centre
Ladyboys of Bangkok 28 Apri l- 2 June 2014 Victoria Gardens
Moscow State Circus 5th - 18th May 2014 Preston Park
Grease the Musical 10th - 14th June 2014 Corn Exchange
Zippos Circus 14th August – 26th September 2014

Hove No 1 Lawn


Arts & Culture

  • Brighton Centre - 0.4 Miles

    Only two minutes’ walk from the hotel, this is undoubtedly the South Coast’s best venue for music concerts, conferences and exhibitions. From West End shows to world darts tournaments and from rock legends to the latest bands, the Centre has something for everyone.

  • Brighton Fishing Museum - 0.1 Miles

    Trace the unique story of the fishing community in Brighton, captured in a wealth of film, photography, paintings and memorabilia of Brighton seafront life. Discover the Brighthelmstone of the 1700s, when patients were first prescribed the seawater at Brighton for its medicinal benefits.

  • Komedia - 0.4 Miles

    Quirky Komedia provides a platform for a wealth of quality fringe and alternative acts. Gigs, cabaret, children’s theatre and stand-up comics keep things enjoyably varied, while the Krater Comedy Club is a regular fixture.

  • Old Police Cells Museum - 0.1 Miles

    Underneath the Town Hall, the museum charts the history of policing in Brighton. You can peek into the bleak cells, see the room in which the Chief Constable was murdered in 1844 and learn about some of the mods and rockers who were briefly incarcerated here after violence on the beaches.

  • Booth Museum of Natural History - 1.5 Miles

    Over half a million specimens and exhibits extending back over three centuries are housed in this fascinating museum. They include hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones.

  • The Duke of York’s Picturehouse - 1.0 Miles

    A Grade II listed cinema, and considered to be Britain's oldest picturehouse. Programming a mix of the best of arthouse, independent, foreign language, cult and classic films, it also serves as a fantastic music venue and comedy club.

  • Theatre Royal - 0.2 Miles

    Few theatres can boast such a long tradition of presenting top quality, star-studded West End productions, often before they have played London. A rich, mixed programme continues to bring drama, cracking comedies, renowned musicals and outstanding family entertainment including a spectacular Christmas Show.

  • Pevensey Castle - 33.0 Miles

    Simply a great family day out for all the family, encompassing rich history and fun things to do and see for adults and children. With a history stretching back over 16 centuries, Pevensey Castle chronicles, more graphically than any other fortress, the story of Britain's south coast defences.

Local Attractions

  • Brighton Pier - 0.3 Miles

    A Victorian pier with various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions and Palace of Fun arcade. With a choice of bars and its famous fish and chip restaurant, the Pier, which is just minutes’ from the hotel, makes for a fun-filled, old-fashioned day out!

  • Royal Pavilion - 0.2 Miles

    The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) was transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. The Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen.

  • Sealife Center - 0.4 Miles

    After a major refurbishment, Sea Life Brighton has re-opened its doors for you to discover the weird, wonderful and downright bizarre world of the deep blue seas. New attractions include Jellyfish Discovery and a Behind The Scenes tour.

  • Volks Electric Railway - 1.3 Miles

    Britain's oldest electric railway built in 1883 runs for one and a quarter miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina. An absolute must for trainspotters and a pure delight for tourists of all ages.

  • Drusillas Park Zoo - 21.0 Miles

    Designed for children between 2 and 10 years old, this lovely zoo is home to both wild and domestic animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, and penguins. There are many hands-on activities, an indoor soft play centre, and a Thomas & Friends train that runs daily.

  • Brighton Wheel - 0.4 Miles

    The observation Wheel stands 45 meters in diameter and provides breath-taking, panoramic views of the coastline, surrounding architecture and landmarks. Each pod provides a commentary guided tour of the heritage of Brighton and Hove whilst you take a voyage. Perfect for anyone with a head for heights.

Outside of the city

  • Arundel Castle - 28.6 Miles

    The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, this stunning castle is surely one of the most spectacular in the country. It is also one of the great treasure houses of England, home to priceless works of art, including paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculptures and carvings, and heraldry and armour.

  • Battle Abbey - 43.8 Miles

    For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, when William the Conqueror lived up to his name. It’s an enjoyable way to discover more about the most famous date in English history.


  • Devil’s Dyke - 6.0 Miles

    Just five miles north of Brighton, Devil’s Dyke offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England’s most colourful habitat. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK.

  • Beachy Head - 27.7 Miles

    A chalk headland close to the town of Eastbourne in East Sussex, immediately east of the Seven Sisters. The cliff at Beachy Head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m (530 ft) above sea level and forms part of the South Downs National Park.


  • The Lanes - 0.3 Miles

    If you're looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, Brighton Lanes offer a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, Brighton Lanes' historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways, twittens and catcreeps.

  • Brighton Marina - 2.8 Miles

    The latest in waterfront shopping, Brighton Marina offers some of the best bargain stores within the backdrop of a stunning quayside location. You’ll also find a great range of homeware and sports goods, footwear, accessories and books, as well as the largest Yacht chandlery in the South-East of England.

  • Churchill Square - 0.4 Miles

    Located in the heart of Brighton only 10 minutes’ walk from the station and 5 minutes’ walk from the beach and hotel, Churchill Square Shopping Centre has 90 shops, restaurants and cafes all under one roof.


  • Brighton Racecourse - 2.0 Miles

    Set high on the Sussex Downs, with stunning views over Brighton and Hove and the English Channel, Brighton Racecourse has “undoubtedly one of the most picturesque settings of any course". Race meetings run between April and October.

Tourist Spot

  • Brighton Sea Life Centre - 0.4 Miles

    Brighton Sea Life centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family!

  • The Royal Pavilion - 0.2 Miles

    The Royal Pavilion has been inextricably linked with the identity of Brighton. Throughout its colourful history its become one of the most instantly identifiable architectural images in the world. It takes its unique character from the man for whom it was built, George IV, and its magnificent interior is a reflection of his personality and Regency reign.

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