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BrightonUnited Kingdom

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

Top Hotels in Brighton

Jurys Inn Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton
4 out of 5
101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥5,170 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

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. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (951 reviews)

"I personally liked the interior design of the hotel and the bedroom. It's modern, clean, trendy, spacious, safe and quiet. The staff was helpful and pleasant. There were hand sanitizer as you walk into the reception area and buy the lift area."…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

Jurys Inn Brighton
Malmaison Brighton
Malmaison Brighton
4 out of 5
Brighton Marina, Brighton, England
The price is ¥9,015 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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! (963 reviews)

"The hotel itself is lovely, in a great location and (during our visit) the parking was free which is a huge benefit anywhere in Brighton. The hotel was clean, the staff were all lovely and careful measures were in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff during Covid-19. The hotel is ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Malmaison Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
4 out of 5
Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥8,088 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)

"Nice swiming pool sauna steam room. Room was a good size"…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 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.

Vacation Rentals in Brighton

Brighton Getaways-Majestic Mews
Brighton Getaways-Majestic Mews
3.5 out of 5
3 Auction Rooms, 28 Gloucester Street, Brighton, England
The price is ¥25,657 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Brighton City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of North Laine, Brighton Dome, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Pier ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Great location yet it was quiet. The self check in was really efficient and they even let us check in a little earlier which was a nice touch. The beds in the double room were unbelievably uncomfortable, my wife and I suffered bad backs as a result after only a two night stay. It was a bit cold and ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Brighton Getaways-Majestic Mews
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
4 out of 5
11 Queen Square, Brighton, England
The price is ¥10,739 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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! (28 reviews)

"Great suit, super comfy bed and looked brand new. Perfectly clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Brighton Square Apartments
Brighton Square Apartments
4 out of 5
22 Brighton Square, Brighton, England
The price is ¥13,590 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Located in The Lanes, this apartment building is steps from Friends Meeting House, Brighton Royal Pavilion, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Pier and Brighton ...

4.3/5Excellent! (48 reviews)
Great location

"Accommodation very clean and comfortable. Excellent location. Ideal for a short family break. Two adults and two teenagers. Recommend."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Brighton Square Apartments
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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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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