Uncover Brighton’s bohemian charms during your visit

Brighton and Hove

Turn your trip to Brighton & Hove into a fun-packed coastal break packed with boutique shopping, family entertainment and buzzing nightlife.

Vibrant Brighton is just over 50 miles south of London. This laid-back beachside destination sits on the edge of East Sussex and the undulating chalk South Downs. Head to the beachfront for fresh air, fish and chips and traditional seaside entertainment, and explore Brighton’s bohemian charms in The Lanes’ warren of alleys, the Artists’ Quarter and the quirky fashion hub, North Laine.

Don’t miss

A visit to Brighton isn’t complete without experiencing the traditional seaside delights of the quintessentially English Brighton Pier, with its old-school dodgems, helter skelter and carousel – not to mention clouds of pink candyfloss and sticks of colourful Brighton rock. For a gull’s eye view of this glistening stretch of south coast, there’s the Brighton Wheel. The opulent Regency era is conjured up by the iconic onion domes of the Royal Pavilion. Football fans can get their fix at the new Brighton Community Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

Explore the city

Discover more about Brighton on a walking tour around the city with one of Brighton’s Greeters who show you around this fascinating city for free, and if you’re looking for advice on the best places to eat, stay or visit, look out for one of Brighton’s City Champions based around the station and the seafront who are on hand ready to answer any questions.

Going out

Weren’t able to nab yourself a ticket to the games? Brighton has many Rugby Bars that will be showing the matches on their screens as well as offering tasty pub grub and a wide selection of beers and ales. Enjoy a beer whilst cheering on your team at Ye Old King and Queen, which is said to have some of the largest viewing screens in Brighton, or head to The Fiddler’s Elbow and watch the match whilst enjoying what they say is the best pint of Guinness in the city.

Famous for its vibrant and varied nightlife, Brighton’s nightspots cater for all tastes from the relaxed to the outrageous. Enjoy drinks and three course suppers whilst watching saucy burlesque acts at Proud Brighton; dance till the early hours of the morning at the popular Concorde 2 and watch top class stand up, theatre and live music at Komedia.

Great for families

Kids love spotting colourful reef fish, tropical sharks and the resident giant turtle through the glass-bottomed boat at Sea Life Brighton on Marine Parade. For some hands-on crafts, head just behind the seafront to the bohemian North Laine and design ceramics over tea and cake at the Painting Pottery Cafe.

Go shopping

It’s easy to lose yourself amid the quaint, winding alleyways of The Lanes browsing hip boutiques brimming with vintage clothing, sparkling jewellery and all manner of kitsch and quirky goodies. For a more mainstream shop, there are more than 90 well-known brands under one roof at Churchill Square mall or head to North Laine for colourful shops and independent traders.

Explore the area

Budding horticulturalists can spend hours admiring the blooms of azaleas and roses in the manicured 17-acre gardens at Borde Hill Tudor mansion, just north of Brighton. Woolly animal friends are a mere 45-minute drive away at The Llama Park in Ashdown Forest, where friendly llamas roam alongside a herd of reindeer.

Get active

The breezy Brighton coast is the perfect place to try watersports such as wakeboarding, powerboating and windsurfing – experienced instructors can be found at Lagoon Watersports. Inland, there’s the rolling green scenery of the South Downs National Park, which you can explore by mountain bike, on foot or even by kayak on a So Sussex organised activity tour.

Did you know?

Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo at the Brighton Dome in 1974.

Where to stay

Budget: Avalon   
Moderate: One Broad Street 
Luxury: The Grand Brighton  
Accessible: Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel 

Where to eat

Budget: Northern Lights 
Moderate: Sam’s of Brighton 
Luxury: English’s of Brighton 
Accessible: The House Restaurant 

Getting there and around

Air: The nearest major airport is London Gatwick Airport. Regular train services take 30 minutes to the city centre.

Rail: Brighton Station is around one hour from London Victoria Station.

Road: Brighton is at the end of the A23/M23

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