May 17: Where to go when Covid lockdown restrictions ease Brighton News

The UK will take its next step out of lockdown on May 17, with indoor entertainment venues set to reopen and restaurants and pubs re-allowed to welcome customers inside.

With this latest easing of restrictions, many Brighton venues will breathe a sigh of relief at being able to welcome visitors again.

So where can you go from Monday?

We’ve compiled a list of some of the attractions we missed the most.

Royal Pavilion

One of the city’s best-known landmarks, the Royal Pavilion was once the home of King George VI and was used as a retreat by King William IV and briefly by Queen Victoria.

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Completed in 1823 and influenced by both Chinese and Indian architecture and fashion, the pavilion was also used as a military hospital during World War I, treating sick and wounded soldiers of the Indian army.

Visitors can explore the Pavilion with an audio guide available free of charge from their smartphone.

Reopening on May 17th

Admission: £ 8 for residents of Brighton (BN1, BN2, BN3 and BN41), with free admission for up to four children

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re paying a visit to the pavilion, why not take a trip to the nearby Brighton Museum?

There you can see a range of exhibits, including works by Picasso, Eric Ravilious, and Grayson Perry.

You can also learn more about Brighton’s penchant for alternative fashion and take a look at our city’s LGBTQ + history.

Reopening on May 18

Admission: free for residents of Brighton and Hove


The i360 is the perfect location for a bird’s eye view of the city.

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From its glass capsule 138 meters in the air, you can see up to 26 miles away.

You can admire the views of the Sussex coast from Bexhill to Chichester, as well as the South Downs National Park and Beachy Head.

Reopening on May 17th

Admission: £ 16.50 for adults, £ 11.10 for 16-24 year olds, £ 8.25 for children

Volks Railway

If you’re heading to the marina, do it in style on the world’s oldest electric railway.

Opened in 1883 by inventor Magnus Volk, the railway stretches for a mile across the seafront from near Brighton Palace Pier to Black Rock, a short walk from the Marina.

Take the 12-minute journey and enjoy the views over Brighton Beach.

Reopening on May 29

Admission: adult return £ 5.05, child return £ 3.15, senior return £ 3.95

Sea Life Brighton

Fun for the whole family, Sea Life Brighton has over 3,500 animals and at least 100 different species to discover.

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Meet everything from stingrays and jellyfish to seahorses and octopuses, all under the Victorian arcades of 1872.

Make sure to walk through the underwater viewing tunnel to get a close look at Lulu the green sea turtle, or get a closer look as you board the glass-bottom boat.

Reopening on May 17th

Admission: from £ 17.20 for adults, from £ 13.50 for children, £ 20 for the glass bottom boat experience for up to six people

Spa Sauna Beach Box

Lockdown has been difficult for all of us, so if you are looking to relax, the Beach Box Sauna Spa is the place to go.

The Argus: Katie Bracher and Liz Watson, owners of Beach Box Sauna Beach Box Sauna owners Katie Bracher and Liz Watson

Relax in one of the three saunas, made from recycled packing boxes and converted horse trailers, they offer stunning sea views.

There is a range of treatments to choose from, including organic clay masks, thermal massage leaf whips, and even an ice bath.

Reopening on May 17th

Admission: from £ 80

A trip to the cinema

While many films were made available to stream during the lockdown, nothing beats the excitement of watching a movie at the cinema, popcorn in hand, escaping the outside world for a few hours.

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Fortunately, Brighton and Hove has a range of great cinemas to choose from; including Duke’s at Komedia near North Laine, the Odeon on Western Road and Duke of York’s Picturehouse on Preston Road, said to be Britain’s oldest operating theaters.

So grab a ticket and enjoy the magic of cinema.

Reopening on May 17th

Admission: varies by cinema

Explore Brighton’s pubs

With summer on the horizon, there hasn’t been a better time to hit the pub and meet up with friends.

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And with the easing of restrictions to allow seats inside, there are now more opportunities to do so.

Brighton has more than 900 pubs across the city – more per square mile than London – and some will open for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Seating inside from May 17th

Theater Royal and the Brighton Dome

With the Brighton Festival well underway, now is the perfect time to catch a performance at one of Brighton’s arts venues.

Performances at Brighton Dome range from award-winning pianists and comedians to performances of Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Theater Royal also once again welcomes audiences to West End shows like Dirty Dancing and Hairspray, as well as soprano star Lesley Garrett and British Queen of the Brighton Drag Race, Joe Black.

Reopening on May 17th

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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 05:03:00