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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 ¥11,321 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (989 reviews)
"Stylish property and friendly staff. Only quibble would be room was a bit cold when I first got there."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Malmaison Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
4 out of 5
Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
The price is ¥10,890 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
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! (997 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
The Grand Brighton
The Grand Brighton
4 out of 5
97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
The price is ¥14,759 per night from May 18 to May 19
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,243 reviews)
"Great staff, great location, clean and spacious."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

The Grand Brighton
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 ¥14,974 per night from May 5 to May 6
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
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
4 out of 5
11 Queen Square, Brighton, England
The price is ¥18,628 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Brighton City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Street, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Centre. Brighton Theatre Royal and Brighton ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"The service at the hotel was good. The building is new and the apartment are up to date , but the parking is outside the hotel and the longer you stay the more expansive it is as it cost £12 a day . Other then that excellent location and services."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Garden Apartment With Hot Tub and Sauna
Garden Apartment With Hot Tub and Sauna
Brighton, ENG
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Withdean Sports Complex and Preston Park. Brighton Beach and Brighton Centre are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
We would definitely book agin
"The property was perfect for what we needed. The hot tub was excellent. The owner was lovely and was at the end of the phone if we needed them. Tiny picky thing needs mirrors in the bedrooms and maybe location of supermarket and taxi firm to use."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Garden Apartment With Hot Tub and Sauna
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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4/5 - Good

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Jan 2, 2020

It is a beautiful seaside city .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Great fun and lots to do - at any time of year.

4/5 - Good

TedK

Oct 24, 2019

Brighton is not a quiet medieval town like Canterbury, Winchester or Chichester. Very fast paced with impatient drivers and loud college kids, smoking and drinking. I wouldn't say I felt 'unsafe' at night, but common sense and care should be taken.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 21, 2019

We love Brighton! There is a lot to do, or we can walk down to the water and just relax. Lots of restaurant choices for a vegetarian and a vegan.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 11, 2019

Bit shabby in places but the shopping, top notch. Plus, dining options outstanding.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 1, 2019

Essy city to visit, lots of restaurants and full of young people. Good public transportation and beautiful place, would go back for sure.

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