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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.


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
MyHotel Brighton 22 hours ago 4 stars £70.84
Jurys Inn Brighton 1 day ago 4 stars £57.51
Thistle Brighton Hotel 1 day ago 4 stars £77.21
Hilton Brighton Metropole 1 day ago 4 stars £75.00
The Queens Hotel 1 day ago 3 stars £70.84

Recently Rated Brighton Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Jurys Inn Brighton
3.9 / 5
17 reviews
4 stars £57.51
Thistle Brighton Hotel
4.1 / 5
27 reviews
4 stars £77.21
The Queens Hotel
3.6 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars £70.84
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel
3.8 / 5
11 reviews
3 stars £63.74
Hotel Pelirocco Brighton
4.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars £104.16

Featured Brighton Hotels

Hotel only £57.51

1 Jurys Inn Brighton

4 stars
3.9 / 5 17 reviews

101 Stroudley Road

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A south, coastal-town stay offering both heritage and historyThe Jurys Inn Brighton is located in the New England Quarter of historic Brighton, an ideal area for travellers regardless of the...

Great location & value for money
Have stayed here many times and the standards are fine for a city budget hotel in a convenient location. Stayed in a family room with my 2 teenage daughters. Having come home Friday night we were...
19 May 2015
Family break
Stayed overnight as attending a concert. Room clean and sufficiently spacious for 3 people. Could have been a little warmer. The temperature control was set so that it did not go above a certain...
6 Apr 2015
Hotel only £77.21

2 Thistle Brighton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 27 reviews

Kings Road

Free WIFI & Leisure Club Access

Stunning beach view hotel close to all Brighton has to offerWith views over the seafront and the stunning Brighton Pier, the Thistle Brighton is the ideal stay for your next getaway. Located just...

Friday night getaway
Warm welcome Friendly staff Rooms are what you would expect at A Thistle Breakfast is the best EVER Worth paying less by staying on a Friday
11 May 2015
Awsome weekend getaway !
Stayed here for Easter weekend with my teenage son and had a fantastic time. This is a great hotel in a prime location. We enjoyed our breakfast with lovely view, hotel staff is very helpful,...
14 Apr 2015
Hotel only £70.84

3 MyHotel Brighton

4 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

17 Jubilee Street

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Beautiful boutique Brighton hotel with central locationDue to its location and design, MyHotel Brighton is an extremely popular choice with both holidayers and business travellers. MyHotel Brighton...

quick trip
It was very expensive ,and the continental breakfast was not included
19 Jan 2015
Hotel only £63.74

4 Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 11 reviews

149 Kings Road

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

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,...

Business stay
Just pretty ordinary really. Nothing untoward but nothing exceptional.
8 May 2015
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
Hotel only £57.20

5 Legends Brighton

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

31-34 Marine Parade

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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
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

6 The Queens Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 8 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....

Visiting Son
They cut heat during the night !!.. but kindly provided an electric heater to help. Very kind people. English food. Great location.
27 Feb 2015
good break
Friendly and pleasant just the job shame about the lack of parking
18 Jan 2015

7 Hotel Du Vin Brighton

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

2 Ship Street

Dinner Allocation

Elegant Brighton hotel near the seafrontThe elegant Hotel Du Vin Brighton is perfectly situated in Ship Street, a narrow road just off the ancient Lanes conservation area. Just few steps from the...

Hotel only £39.34

8 Umi Brighton Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 13 reviews

60-64 Kings Road

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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...

Cheap cheerful
Perfect location on beach front. Staff mostly helpful but watching the guy snap at his colleague I found unprofessional. Rooms were clean single room was small. I'd stay again for price and location
6 Apr 2015
Great Family Break
We were a party of four in two sea front facing rooms, with excellent views over the seafront. We had a wheelchair user with us and the staff in the hotel could not be faulted in any way, always...
23 Nov 2014
Hotel only £48.75

9 The Kings Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 8 reviews

139-141 Kings Road

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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...

Great location, nice hotel
This hotel is definitely not the fanciest but it is definitely a value. The rooms were updated and very clean but the overall facility is somewhat older. Wifi was great and free. Everything was in...
17 Apr 2015
one night in brighton not a royal stay
Stayed 27th of september as we had tickets forLee Mack .hotel is in a great spot . But the decor and fittings are very thread bare .lift not working .the room was clean. The staff are very helpful...
30 Sep 2014
Hotel only £75.00

10 Hilton Brighton Metropole

4 stars
3.0 / 5 8 reviews

Kings Road

Summer Sale!

Victorian elegance with modern convenience on Brighton seafrontThe Hilton Brighton Metropole, set on Brighton seafront, is the ideal location for exploring the city of Brighton and the south coast...

2 night mid-week break
Lovely old hotel, charming, if a little shabby in parts. Enjoyed the pool and the ambience of the bar late at night to unwind. Bar pricey, but only what you would expect at a half decent hotel. Did...
18 Aug 2014
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
Hotel only £76.50

11 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...

Hotel only £104.16

12 Hotel Pelirocco Brighton

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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...

Very accomodating
This place was cute and the staff was extremely friendly! Rooms are edgy and bed are comfy!
5 May 2015

13 Charter House by MAX Serviced Apartments

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

12-15 Kings Street


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...

Good position but.... Bot cleaned to a high standard shower was dirty mess on floor near toilet and mess under bed not expected for cost of room fan or air con in summer as room was very hot
30 Jul 2014

14 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 £76.50

15 Old Ship Hotel - The Hotel Collection

4 stars
2.9 / 5 9 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...

served purpose but not recommended
Booked as budget hotel. Room was in north wing which was cold and we needed electric heater (provided on request) to make room habitable. Obvious that these rooms are not used as much during...
14 Apr 2015
Dated and not 4*
A very dated and disappointing hotel . It needs to be gutted inside to replace the aging and tired décor . The rooms are small and tatty and mine had a view of a wall . The breakfast was poor ....
27 Aug 2014
Hotel only £57.11

16 Gulliver's Hotel

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 £50.00

17 West Beach Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

135 Kings road

Welcome to the West Beach Hotel Brighton. Looking for a spacious and modern budget accommodation at Brighton`s seafront? Then there is no need to search any further as you have found the right...

weekend stay
The room had sea views from all three windows. Clean and modern room, with free Wi-Fi. Hotel staff were friendly and efficient. Location of the hotel was perfect. No problems with noise outside, or...
29 Oct 2014
good location great value
perfect location, clean room and very friendly staff - great sea view ;)
16 Aug 2013
Hotel only £45.00

18 The Brighton Hotel

3 stars
2.8 / 5 6 reviews

143-145 Kings Road

Stay 5 save 15%

The Grade II listed Brighton Hotel is one of the most charming hotels in Brighton where you are guaranteed a warm and personal welcome. It is located on the seafront directly opposite the famous...

Right on the Beach
We'd had a long day when we arrived at the hotel, so we didn't do much aside from walk down to a restaurant for dinner and then go to bed. The room was comfortable enough except for the fact that...
1 May 2015
Breakfast disappointing
The room was fine but did smell of damp in the morning. The full English breakfast was average, maybe I have high expectations as I have had better in other Best Western Hotels. The staff were all...
17 Apr 2015
Hotel only £75.00

19 New Steine Hotel

4 stars
2.0 / 5 2 reviews

10-11 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 £61.67


4 stars
2.3 / 5 6 reviews

Kings Road 137

Step outside the Holiday Inn - Brighton Seafront and take a breath of fresh air, its the perfect base from which to explore the city and all it has to offer. With less than a 10 minute walk to the...

Had Better Days
Good Hotel but needs some pimping up Wireless very wishy washy
26 Jul 2013
Hotel only £73.96

21 Imperial Hotel Brighton

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

First Avenue

Regency seaside Hotel in BrightonThe Imperial Hotel Brighton is perfectly located just steps away from Brighton’s famous Promenade, Royal Pavilion, and beaches. Offering a charming mix of Victorian...

Hotel only £39.16

22 Royal Albion Hotel Brighton

2 stars
3.1 / 5 22 reviews

35 Old Steine

Bustling Brighton hotel with stunning sea views across from the pierStay in both character and style at the Royal Albion Hotel Brighton situated directly across from Brighton Pier. With all the...

Dirty hotel
A very dirty hotel with holes in the walls around the doors unclean bathroom very dirty carpets building work taking place outside (not mentioned when booking) pleasant staff not much more to say!
27 Apr 2015
Not too bad
Hotel was clean and is having a revamp only thing was our room was in the basement and window looked out into a brick wall where they kept old televisions
10 Mar 2015

23 The Beach Hotel

2 stars
3.5 / 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...

24 Artist Residence Brighton Hotel

2 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 £71.56

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...