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Brighton
Travel Guide

Brighton Beach which includes a pebble beach

A famous beach, grandiose architecture, bohemian lifestyle and bustling shopping and nightlife districts make this one of England’s favorite coastal cities. 

Brighton is among the most flamboyant cities in the United Kingdom. Once a fishing village, its popularity grew when royals came in search of medicinal seawater. Today Brighton blends the charm of a traditional Victorian-era seaside resort with the creativeness of its alternative, hipster population. Bachelor and bachelorette parties flock to Brighton for its nightlife while mods cruise the coastline on scooters and day trippers explore a labyrinth of shopping streets.

Brighton Beach is the quintessential city image, where fish and chip shops, ice cream parlors and fading Victorian-era hotels line a promenade that runs parallel to a long shingle coastline. Thousands descend upon the beach on sunny days to dabble in watersports, play Frisbee and relax on deckchairs.

The amusement rides at Brighton Pier, Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Centre concert venue provide non-stop entertainment for all the family. Snap a photo of the multicolored beach huts that front Hove Lawns.

Wander through The Lanes, an area of zigzagging alleys home to boutiques, chocolatiers, jewelers and milliners. Varied restaurants, comedy clubs, pubs and jazz cafés offer food and nightlife options for all tastes. Hear gruesome crime stories at the Old Police Cells Museum.

Experience the life of British monarchs at the opulent Royal Pavilion. The adjoining Royal Pavilion Gardens is a green oasis in the heart of the city that attracts birds and butterflies. See Egyptian artifacts, exhibits about city history and 20th-century art at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal Brighton put on year-round schedules of performing arts.

Spot examples of Regency and Victorian architecture in the affluent districts of Clifton Hill and Montpelier. Soccer fans can attend a match of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club at the American Express Community Stadium. View the city from a different perspective on a cruise from Brighton Marina.

Located on England’s southeast coast, Brighton is just a 1-hour train ride from London. Summer is the busiest period and the time for festivals such as Brighton Fringe, Brighton Pride and Brighton Mod Weekender.

Where to stay in Brighton

Malmaison Brighton
Malmaison Brighton
4 out of 5
Brighton Marina, Brighton, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $193 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Seafront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rendezvous Casino and Brighton Marina. Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)
One night in a suite
"Absolutely gorgeous suite, spotlessly clean and loved the little details. The stars of the show was the HUGE bath tub and triple head shower- I could of stayed in that bath for the whole trip! Water pressure was spot on so I got lots of bubbles and the hot water never let me down. The lights added ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

Malmaison Brighton
The Grand Brighton
The Grand Brighton
4 out of 5
97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
The price is CA $236 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
Located in Brighton City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and British Airways ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,212 reviews)
"Great staff, great location, clean and spacious."

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2020

The Grand Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
4 out of 5
Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $154 per night from May 19 to May 19
Nestled on the beach, this Brighton City Centre hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
Breakfast
"The hotel was nice but not happy with the breakfast service my friend can’t eat white bread and they had no brown rolls so we could not have the breakfast rolls they provided"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2020

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Boardwalk Apartments
The Boardwalk Apartments
4 out of 5
The Boardwalk, Brighton, England
The price is CA $170 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 8
Located in Seafront, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Marina and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (90 reviews)
"Great apartments with exceptional views and in immaculate condition"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

The Boardwalk Apartments
Brighton Beach Apartments
Brighton Beach Apartments
4 out of 5
Green Diamond, East Sussex, Brighton, England
Located in The Lanes, this apartment building is steps from Chapel Royal, Brighton Royal Pavilion, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier ...
1.6/5 (5 reviews)
Unavailable
"Unable to gain access, the number that you need to contact 24 hrs before is out of service. We tried to find apartment using google maps as it said they had a concierge but could not locate the apartments. Had to find alternative accomodation. Very stressful. Looking at review this has been hapoening ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Brighton Beach Apartments
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
5 out of 5
15d Bedford Tower, Brighton, England
Nestled on the beach, this Brighton City Centre apartment building is just steps from Regency Square and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach ...
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Brighton

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Verified traveller

Jul 31, 2019

NewHaven Seven Sisters country park was lovely

5/5 - Excellent

Stephanie

Jun 24, 2019

I was so impressed by the multicultural and lifestyle inclusivity. The food styles from all over the world and the wine were fantastic. The beach was pebbles but so nice. Lots of shops for a variety of budgets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 12, 2019

Brighton is a great place to visit. It has so much to offer but needs cleaning up a little..

4/5 - Good

Susan

May 25, 2019

Fun beach town for a couple days at the sea.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 22, 2019

Really enjoyed the guided walk with Julian. Would love to return some day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 13, 2019

Loved exploring the streets and wandering on the beach.

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