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Brighton City Guide

Located on England's scenic south coast, the city of Brighton is best known for its quirky vibe, lively entertainment scene and inspired dining. More polished today than it was just a few years ago but still boasting an edge, modern Brighton is a melting pot of vibrant cultures, unique experiences and picturesque sights.

From pub hopping to strolling the promenade at sunset to taking in ground-breaking installations at upscale galleries, Brighton offers a wide selection of itinerary-filling ideas for an unforgettable getaway that finds the middle ground between a laid-back beach break and an exciting city holiday.

History

While its roots as a permanent settlement date back to ancient times, Brighton as it's known today began to take shape when it was given a charter in the early 14th century. New markets were set up to trade local goods, and Brighton eventually grew from a tiny fishing village to a bustling commercial centre.

Despite a series of setbacks — military conflicts, coastal erosion and the decline of the fishing industry that threatened to decimate the area's dwindling population — by the early 18th century, Brighton was growing again. Believing that seaside living could cure illness, wealthy visitors began to arrive in large numbers, bringing along new industries and turning the sleepy village into a booming resort town. Today, Brighton rates as Britain's leading seaside destination and one of the country's most progressive cities.

Things to Do

Brighton Beach

While the city's diverse shopping choices and growing number of innovative restaurants are major draws, Brighton is at heart a beach town. For a first-hand look at Brighton's eccentric beach scene, walk the famous waterfront stretch situated between the ruins of the historic West Pier and the energetic Brighton Pier.

You'll find plenty of sights worth stopping for along the way, including unobstructed views of the water, food kiosks serving the legendary fish and chips, bars, photo boards, games and thrill rides.

The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion gets top billing as the best attractions off the beach. Before being crowned King George IV, the Prince of Wales completed the magnificent Indian-inspired residence in 1823. To tour the palace interior during the busy summer months, booking a reservation in advance is mandatory.

The Lanes

For fans of shopping, a side trip to the Lanes area of Brighton is a must. Here, the charming winding streets are jam-packed with shops ranging from exclusive boutiques to designer outlets, delicious cafes and thirst-quenching pubs. At the end of the day, enjoy a fantastic sunset back on the promenade.

Outdoor Events and Festivals

Brighton is an all-season destination, hosting over 400 special events every year. In the winter, the highlight is the Brighton & Hove Half Marathon, one of the country's oldest and most popular races. As the weather warms up, the city's event schedule picks up speed.

In the summer months, Brighton hosts a variety of outdoor concerts, fairs and activities, including the annual Children's Parade in May, the two-week Take Part Festival in June and the Brighton Pride Party in August. While many events take place every year, dozens are added on an ongoing basis.

Where to Stay

The neighbouring towns of Brighton and Hove were joined together when they received city status in 2000, and they are home to a variety of accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to budget inns.

Stay in Brighton for an action-packed holiday and crowded streets that stay busy well into the night. Brighton is also a popular choice with business travellers who come here for exceptional conference facilities and corporate-friendly venues.

Hove is on the quieter side, which makes it a perfect pick for guests who want to have a relaxing break with easy access to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. No matter where you settle, getting around is a breeze.

Old Steine, a major thoroughfare that cuts through Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens, quaint shops and several public transportation hubs, connects the interior of the city with waterfront hotels and the vibrant Brighton pier.

Getting there

In addition to local Brighton and Hove buses, the area is serviced by London's National Express bus service, frequent trains and multiple airports. While you can't fly directly into Brighton, travelling by rail from Crawley's Gatwick Airport, the UK's second largest airport, can get you into the city in about half an hour.

If you plan on travelling by car, keep in mind that traffic can be a problem, especially in the summer and during citywide events. To take advantage of free day parking, go to the local Park and Ride service site at Withdean Sports Complex Car Park.

Local buses run every 15 minutes from the adjacent Tongdean Lane. Overnight parking is available all year long in paid car lots, and taxis are easy to spot, especially near the Lanes. Because traffic can be a problem, exploring the city by bus or on foot is highly recommended.

Ready to book your dream Brighton holiday? Browse our selection of top hotels in the area to find your perfect match.
 

Recently booked Brighton hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Thistle Brighton Hotel 8 hours ago 4 stars £70.13
The Kings Hotel 11 hours ago 3 stars £48.71
Umi Brighton Hotel 13 hours ago 3 stars £56.00
MyHotel Brighton 14 hours ago 4 stars £75.00
Royal Albion Hotel Brighton 21 hours ago 2 stars £49.16
Jurys Inn Brighton 21 hours ago 3 stars £72.83
West Beach Hotel 22 hours ago 3 stars £66.93
Old Ship Hotel - The Hotel Collection 1 day ago 4 stars £64.80
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel 1 day ago 3 stars £74.16
Legends Brighton 1 day ago 3 stars £57.50

Recently Rated Brighton Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
The Kings Hotel
3.0 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars £48.71
Umi Brighton Hotel
3.5 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars £56.00
Thistle Brighton Hotel
4.0 / 5
23 reviews
4 stars £70.13
MyHotel Brighton
4.5 / 5
4 stars £75.00
Hilton Brighton Metropole
2.6 / 5
11 reviews
4 stars £78.17
The Queens Hotel
3.3 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars £70.84
Royal Albion Hotel Brighton
3.3 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars £49.16
West Beach Hotel
3.5 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars £66.93
Jurys Inn Brighton
3.9 / 5
7 reviews
3 stars £72.83
Old Ship Hotel - The Hotel Collection
3.1 / 5
8 reviews
4 stars £64.80

Brighton

Featured Brighton Hotels

Hotel only £70.13

1 Thistle Brighton Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

Kings Road

Book in advance and SAVE!

Chic seafront resort a stone's throw away from Brighton Beach and Brighton PierFeaturing a relaxing and casual vibe in stylish surroundings, Thistle Brighton Hotel makes for an ideal base for...

Excellent for any holiday
Enjoyed a very pleasant stay in this very comfortable and convenient hotel. It was near everything that we wanted to visit and easily reached from the station. It was on the seafront almost...
26 Jun 2014
great for short holiday break
well presented hotel on brighton sea front. staff excellent-always doing thier best to please customers. food was good and well presented.
7 May 2014
Hotel only £56.00

2 Umi Brighton Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 8 reviews

60-64 Kings Road

FREE WiFI Plus much MORE

Centrally set contemporary hotel with easy access to Brighton Beach Travellers looking for a fun-filled holiday in Brighton book a stay at the conveniently located Umi Brighton Hotel. This...

Visiting family
Awful given box room which should not be used facilities pathetic and hotel and yourselves should be ashamed being involved in expecting a customer to accept a room so awful. This was booked well...
30 May 2014
very good stay for a weekend break
very happy with all of the hotel services good service and very good location for the station and shops
29 Apr 2014
Hotel only £75.00

3 MyHotel Brighton

4 stars
4.5 / 5

17 Jubilee Street

Stay 3 nights, SAVE 20%

Boutique hotel with stylish accommodations in Brighton town centerWith elegant accommodations and top-notch facilities in a town center location, Myhotel Brighton makes for an ideal base for...

Hotel only £64.80

4 Old Ship Hotel - The Hotel Collection

4 stars
3.1 / 5 8 reviews

Kings Road

FREE Wireless Internet

The most historic hotel in Brighton, 4 star Old Ship Hotel is perfect for holidays and short breaks in Brighton and East Sussex. Situated on the seafront, the hotel is minutes from the famous...

Seaside Success
The hotel was just an overnight base for us after a family wedding. The actual hotel is a little tired and the room seemed quite small but it was clean and the staff were very pleasant and the deal...
17 Apr 2014
Just ok
The hotel needs a renovation and the staff need some service training. The cost of parking for one day is ridiculous.
22 Dec 2013
Hotel only £48.71

5 The Kings Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 4 reviews

139-141 Kings Road

Smoke-free accommodations facing the English ChannelThe Kings Hotel offers chic accommodations housed in three restored Regency mansions ideally set in the heart of Brighton. This classy hotel...

Excellent 3 stars in Brighton
Lovely people working there and so helpful...we would have stayed longer if we didn't have a strict agenda. The staircase are a bit narrow but then it is England and the building is old but the pub...
13 Jun 2014
You get what you pay for !
This was superb value for money. The dining staff were SO POLITE and while they were foreign their English was near perfect and their courtesy exceptional. Could never imagine that from UK people...
26 Feb 2014
Hotel only £72.83

6 Jurys Inn Brighton

3 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews

101 Stroudley Road

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Centrally located Brighton retreat close to the marina and local attractions Jurys Inn Brighton is a strategically set retreat in the heart of the heritage-rich and vibrant Great Britain south...

Excellent basci hotel!
Great hotel, reasonably priced, good location, very clean. Excellent value for money.
9 Jun 2014
Fairly average
Hotel was booked last minute and feel at £107.00 for the night it should have had breakfast included. The bed wasn't very comfortable. The parking was conveniently situated opposite but no discount...
25 Mar 2014
Hotel only £74.16

7 Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 12 reviews

149 Kings Road

Save up to 40% on your stay, Includes Breakfast

This Brighton hotel is in a great spot on the seafront. The 4-star Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a grand Victorian landmark with period features. On Brighton seafront and close to The Lanes,...

Superb break
Can not fault this hotel the location is great the staff were fantastic. Rooms were clean and very comfortable would deffinately stay again.
11 Jul 2013
Nice hotel
it was a nice hotel but when we arrived the systems were down and this took a while for us to be ab;e to check in. they were very appologetic about it but they could have offered us something to...
19 Feb 2013
Hotel only £51.58

8 White Horse

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

High St

With a dramatic location on the cliffs and spectacular views out over the sea, the White Horse Hotel is located on the edge of the South Downs, just 3 miles (5 km) from Brighton. The hotels...

very comfortable stay
We were more than satisfied with our stay. Rooms comfortable and clean. Food was good ,hot which makes a change to some top hotels.Breakfast was good selection. location perfect for day and nights...
20 Mar 2013
Hotel only £57.50

9 Legends Brighton

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

31-34 Marine Parade

Stylish GAY friendly hotel, right on the seafront in the heart of Brighton's Kemptown and minutes away from the fashionable Lanes shopping district and famous night life. The hotel offers an array...

Great welcome!
I told my colleagues at work I was about to stay in a gay hotel, and one lady asked what a gay hotel was. We found a great welcome, and staff as friendly as any I have found in the world. The rooms...
24 Mar 2014
Sleeping
1'st floor front room directly over patio; hot night, windows open, very noisy until 4AM. Window washer @ 8:30 AM! Surprise!!! Location excellent, Staff very friendly and helpful , fix the noise...
7 Jul 2013
Hotel only £70.84

10 The Queens Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

No. 1 Kings Road

At the Queens Hotel in Brighton, you will receive a warm welcome from the hotel friendly and professional team, one which will ensure your stay with the hotel will be a truly memorable experience....

Good but let down by some things
We selected this hotel for a winter break. The rooms were very large with plenty of wardrobe space and great sea views. House keeping didn't take place until late afternoon though. All staff were...
4 Feb 2014
Wonderful Hotel
From the Manager Riccardo being so helpful with checking in and giving us a sea view room, my sister and I found the hotel delightful and fully recommend anyone to stay. When we next return to...
3 Jun 2013

11 Hotel Du Vin Brighton

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

2 Ship Street

Dinner Allocation

Hotel du Vin Brighton is situated in the Lanes conservation area, a pebbles' throw from the seafront. Please note: Extra beds and cots must be confirmed with the hotel prior to arrival. Charges...

Convenient location
The staff were friendly and helpful. We were asked if we wanted an upgrade for £50 with the option of viewing the 'better' room but when we saw the superior double we were happy. The bathroom is...
6 Apr 2013
Hotel only £62.50

12 Charter House by MAX Serviced Apartments

4 stars
2.0 / 5

12-15 Kings Street

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Our new Charter House location offers 13 brand new studio and one bedroom serviced apartments with fully integrated kitchens, living areas and sea views in the one bedroom apartments. Resting on...

Hotel only £82.50

13 Hotel Pelirocco Brighton

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

10 Regency Square

Hotel Pelirocco is Brighton's sauciest stopover! With 19 bedrooms themed around pop subculture or provoked by visionary artists, maverick musicians and inspired individuals, Hotel Pelirocco is...

14 Artist Residence Brighton Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

33 Regency Square

Stay 4 nights Pay for only 3!

The Artist Residence is a small boutique style hotel in a beautiful grade 2 listed Regency Townhouse with stunning sea views over the West Pier and art at its core. The perfect place to stay if...

Hotel only £78.57

15 Brighton House

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

52 Regency Square

FREE Wireless Internet

In the Heart of Brighton, Christine and Lucho, welcome you to their Brighton House. We are proud to offer; comfortable, clean, fully en-suite guest accomodation in a recently refurbished, historic...

16 Sea Breeze Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

13 Upper Rock Gardens

Sea Breeze is situated in the heart of fashionable Kemp Town, just off from Brighton's historic sea front. The Sea Breeze Hotel is seconds from the new Giant Wheel attraction, close to the famous...

Hotel only £74.41

17 BEST WESTERN Brighton Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

143-145 Kings Road

The Grade II listed Best Western Brighton Hotel is one of the best hotels in Brighton and is located directly on the seafront, opposite the famous West Pier and band stand. Just two minutes from...

Good
Have stayed at this hotel many times very cosy and walking distance to the Brighton Centre. Could be more choice of cereal at breakfast, and a new toast machine wouldnt go amiss. Going back in...
7 Apr 2014
Hotel only £66.62

18 Gulliver's Hotel Bed and Breakfast

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

12a New Steine

FREE Wireless Internet

Gulliver's Hotel is an elegant Georgian Townhouse, offering budget accommodation in central Brighton, with a mix of baroque and contemporary design combined with personal and friendly service. Our...

Hotel only £78.17

19 Hilton Brighton Metropole

4 stars
2.6 / 5 11 reviews

Kings Road

Save 30% on your stay

Set on Brighton’s seafront, the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel offers charming Victorian elegance alongside modern convenience. This large South of England conference hotel has 28 meeting rooms, 9...

Disappointing
Reception v.good. Breakfast (staff & food) excellent.Dinner served in bar instead of dining room; was very poor only two items on main menu or the bar menu which was a typical bar (beefburger) type...
9 Jul 2014
romantic weekend
great location, feeling of luxery would visit again as soon as possible
13 Feb 2014
Hotel only £75.00

20 Holiday Inn BRIGHTON - SEAFRONT

3 stars
2.3 / 5 6 reviews

KINGS ROAD 137

Step Outside the Central Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront Hotel and Stroll Along the Beach to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion Facing the beach, the modern Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront is a...

Had Better Days
Good Hotel but needs some pimping up Wireless very wishy washy
26 Jul 2013
Hotel only £85.00

21 New Steine Hotel

4 stars
2.0 / 5 4 reviews

10-12 New Steine

FREE Wireless Internet

The New Steine Hotel is an elegant and fashionable Georgian Townhouse, located in the city centre just a short walk from the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Brighton Pier and Beach. With a...

Hotel only £89.59

22 Imperial Hotel Brighton

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

First Avenue

The Imperial Hotel is situated in Brighton and Hove, on the South Coast of England,only yards from the famous Brighton and Hove seafront and within walking distance ofBrighton's town centre,...

Hotel only £49.16

23 Royal Albion Hotel Brighton

2 stars
3.3 / 5 16 reviews

35 Old Steine

Traditionally decorated and furnished throughout, it offers character and style. The 186 bedrooms are all en-suite and have TV, Telephone, Hairdryer, Trouser Press and Tea and Coffee making...

Great Location, room needs some tlc
I only spent one night over the Bank Holiday, so it was somewhat more expensive than any other time. Its right on the sea front with, everything just in walking distance including shops, bars,...
27 May 2014
Horrible, suffocating experience!
I had a room in the basement, which obviously had no windows and no ventilation either. The same applies to the washroom. It was cold and I turned on the heaters, but I ended up feeling suffocated....
26 Nov 2013

24 The Beach Hotel

2 stars
4.0 / 5

1-4 Regency Square

Enter and savour the air of elegance and tranquility where a friendly smile greets you and where service is of the utmost importance. A warm and welcoming reception awaits you when you arrive at...

Hotel only £84.32

25 Langfords Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Third Avenue

Langfords Hotel is just off the vibrant Brighton and Hove seafront, a stone's throw from the beach, and 1.5 miles from Brighton's conference and exhibition centres. Langfords is a comfortable Hotel...