Adventures around Brightonwith PlusBus

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With its seaside Regency terraces, its many museums and galleries, and its famous piers and pavilion, Brighton is packed with great places to visit. A PlusBus ticket, valid for the whole day on unlimited buses, can take you all over the city and beyond. You can reach hidden gardens, rural parks and urban icons, ruined castles and the rolling South Downs.

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  • Great for: good cafés | museums | parks and gardens | scenic bus | Walks |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and more
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Bramber, the South Downs and the Greenwich Meridian Trail

    The PlusBus ticket can take you a long way out of the city: eastwards along the coast to Newhaven and Seaford or westwards to Shoreham-by-Sea. Steyning and Bramber are far out to the north-west in the lovely South Downs.

    • Bus 2 from Old Steine or central Churchill Square runs out to Bramber Castle every hour. It takes an hour to get there. But, on the way, the bus passes all kinds of interesting sights: first the elegant Regency squares and gardens of Brighton and Hove; then it runs through Shoreham-by-Sea and alongside the River Adur.
    • Reaching Bramber, the bus stops outside St Mary’s House and Gardens. With a painted room and octagonal dining room, this half-timbered house is a hidden gem. The gardens include woods and water, flowers and topiary and even a little museum of rural life.
    • A few minutes further along the road, behind the ancient church of St Nicholas, the ruins of Bramber Castle stand on the edge of the South Downs. You can follow the Monarchs Way up into the hills and connect with the South Downs Way. Chanctonbury Ring hill fort is about four miles along the South Downs Way from Bramber.
    • Taking regular bus 12X along the coast from Brighton in the other direction, your PlusBus ticket can take you to Peacehaven, start of the Greenwich Meridian Trail. This 273-mile route runs roughly parallel with the line of the Greenwich Meridian from the South Coast all the way up to the Humber. This first section runs along the coast past a series of pubs to Telscombe Cliffs viewpoint (near Saltdean Lido) and then up onto the hill. Heading down into Saltdean, you can then get frequent bus 27 from Coombe Vale Top back to Brighton railway station.
    • If you’re not ready to head home yet, hop off at Old Steine and have a stroll along the beach. In autumn, winter and early spring, look out for murmurations of starlings above the pier, especially around sunset when they swirl and settle, looking for a place to roost.
    • For more car-free adventures around Brighton, see our Good Journey guide.