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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
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.
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.
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.
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Featured Brighton Hotels
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...
One Night Only
Great value , behind the trains station.
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...
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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...
Great Family Break
Fabulous stay!!!! Perfect hotel.
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....
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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...
Dated and not 4*
149 Kings Road
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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,...
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...
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...
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2 Ship Street
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...
10 White Horse
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...
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...
12a New Steine
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
2 night mid-week break
143-145 Kings Road
The Grade II listed BEST WESTERN Brighton Hotel is one of the best hotels in Brighton where you are guaranteed a welcome and is located directly on the seafront, opposite the famous West Pier and...
great hotel near shops
High Price for substandard rooms!!!!
10-11 New Steine
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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...
Kings Road 137
Step outside the Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront Hotel and stroll along the beach to Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion. Facing the beach the Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront is a 30-minute taxi or...
Had Better Days
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,...
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...
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...
Not too bad
33 Regency Square
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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...
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...
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Quality Rooms & Friendly Service Our Mission Statement "We aim to provide an affordable, clean and comfortable place to stay with helpful staff giving first class customer...