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Brighton Beach

Visit this famous spot on the Sussex coast, where you can enjoy waterside activities during the day and an energetic nightlife after dark.

Brighton Beach is a popular seaside escape that buzzes with activity during the summer. Go for a stroll along the promenade, ride fairground attractions on a Victorian pier and revel in the lively atmosphere of the beach’s busy cafés, restaurants and clubs.

The coast is covered with large pebbles and the waters can be icy, but the beach still attracts many swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. Try windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding, or simply watch the action from the comfort of the shore. At the eastern end of the beach is a section for naturists. It opened in 1980, making it the first official public naturist beach in the U.K.

Walk along the beach’s promenade and cool off with some ice cream, which is sold by dozens of vendors along the shore. You’ll find the promenade is equally busy in the evening, with locals and tourists enjoying drinks at its many clubs and bars.

Brighton is one of the few remaining beaches in England to feature classic seaside Punch and Judy shows, a traditional puppet show with lots of slapstick scenes. Find the entertaining performance at the Fishing Quarter area of the beachfront.

Spend some time on Brighton Pier, which first opened toward the end of the 19th century. There are thrill rides, fairground attractions, a fish and chip restaurant and several bars. Adjacent to the pier is the Sea Life Center. It claims to be the oldest operating aquarium in the world, having opened in 1872.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit the beach is during the winter solstice celebrations in December. The festival features the burning of homemade paper and bamboo lanterns. During the lead-up to the celebration, participate in lantern-making workshops or pick up a simple lantern kit from a local shop.

Brighton Beach stretches from one side of town to the other. You can reach it on foot from most areas in Brighton, and it’s easily accessible by public transportation. If you prefer to drive, park for a fee in the parking lots near the beachfront.


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Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront ¥8,117
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre and Brighton Sea Life Centre are also within 5 minutes. Brighton Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

    Jurys Inn Brighton ¥5,147
    Jurys Inn Brighton

    Jurys Inn Brighton

    101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Brighton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton Dome, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brighton Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brighton London Road Station is 12 minutes.

      Legends Hotel Brighton ¥5,675
      Legends Hotel Brighton

      Legends Hotel Brighton

      31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kemptown, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Pier. Brighton Beach and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 19 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.

        Royal Albion Hotel ¥4,619
        Royal Albion Hotel

        Royal Albion Hotel

        35 Old Steine, Brighton, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Sea Life Centre, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 16 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 25 minutes.

          Malmaison Brighton ¥8,975
          Malmaison Brighton

          Malmaison Brighton

          Brighton Marina, Brighton, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 km).

            Hotel du Vin Brighton ¥10,427
            Hotel du Vin Brighton

            Hotel du Vin Brighton

            2 Ship Street, Brighton, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Beach are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

              Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront ¥6,375
              Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

              Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

              137 Kings Road, Brighton, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and Brighton Pier are also within 15 minutes. Brighton Station is 17 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 29 minutes.

                The Grand Brighton ¥12,143
                The Grand Brighton

                The Grand Brighton

                97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and British Airways i360 are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.