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Brighton Beach

Visit this famous spot on the Sussex coast, where you can enjoy waterside activities during the day and an energetic nightlife after dark.

Brighton Beach is a popular seaside escape that buzzes with activity during the summer. Go for a stroll along the promenade, ride fairground attractions on a Victorian pier and revel in the lively atmosphere of the beach’s busy cafés, restaurants and clubs.

The coast is covered with large pebbles and the waters can be icy, but the beach still attracts many swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. Try windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding, or simply watch the action from the comfort of the shore. At the eastern end of the beach is a section for naturists. It opened in 1980, making it the first official public naturist beach in the U.K.

Walk along the beach’s promenade and cool off with some ice cream, which is sold by dozens of vendors along the shore. You’ll find the promenade is equally busy in the evening, with locals and tourists enjoying drinks at its many clubs and bars.

Brighton is one of the few remaining beaches in England to feature classic seaside Punch and Judy shows, a traditional puppet show with lots of slapstick scenes. Find the entertaining performance at the Fishing Quarter area of the beachfront.

Spend some time on Brighton Pier, which first opened toward the end of the 19th century. There are thrill rides, fairground attractions, a fish and chip restaurant and several bars. Adjacent to the pier is the Sea Life Center. It claims to be the oldest operating aquarium in the world, having opened in 1872.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit the beach is during the winter solstice celebrations in December. The festival features the burning of homemade paper and bamboo lanterns. During the lead-up to the celebration, participate in lantern-making workshops or pick up a simple lantern kit from a local shop.

Brighton Beach stretches from one side of town to the other. You can reach it on foot from most areas in Brighton, and it’s easily accessible by public transportation. If you prefer to drive, park for a fee in the parking lots near the beachfront.


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The Grand Brighton

The Grand Brighton

97-99 King's Road, Brighton
4.2
of 5, from 731 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brighton, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Centre and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier are also within 15 minutes.

£30
Royal Albion Hotel

Royal Albion Hotel

35 Old Steine, Brighton
2.7
of 5, from 466 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is housed in two interconnecting Regency buildings, located on the city's seafront, adjacent to the Old Steine and war memorial, and directly opposite the beach and Brighton Pier.

£49
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

149 Kings Road, Brighton
3.1
of 5, from 263 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Brighton hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peace Statue, Brighton Beach, and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Sea Life Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£73
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Kings Road Brighton, Brighton
3.9
of 5, from 261 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Brighton hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Sea Life Centre are also within 10 minutes.

Artist Residence

Artist Residence

33 Regency Square, Brighton
4.4
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Brighton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£71
Queens Hotel

Queens Hotel

1-3 Kings Road, Brighton
3.7
of 5, from 174 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in Brighton.

£56
The Old Ship Hotel

The Old Ship Hotel

Kings Road, Brighton
3.5
of 5, from 389 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Brighton hotel is just steps from Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Beach. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Pier are also within 10 minutes.

£91
Hotel du Vin Brighton

Hotel du Vin Brighton

2 Ship Street, Brighton
3.9
of 5, from 63 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is steps from Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Beach. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier are also within 10 minutes.