East Sussex attracts thousands of visitors each year with its vast stretches of beautiful countryside and numerous historic towns. Brighton, on the south coast, offers visitors something a little bit different. The city is a hub for arts and culture, and has been for decades. Among the city's cultural highlights is the Theatre Royal. Surrounded by plenty of the city's finest hotels, the theatre should be high up on your list of places to visit.
Brighton Theatre Royal
Brighton Theatre Royal enjoys a prominent location in the heart of the city's cultural quarter. The grand exterior sees rows of columns open out onto the bustling pedestrianised New Street, with views out over the Pavilion Gardens, just opposite. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, ideal for a quick pre or post-show drink.
The theatre opened back in 1807, with a showing of the timeless classic, Hamlet. Today, the building maintains much of the rich, traditional interior, much of which is echoed in the adjacent Colonnade Bar. The tall and atmospheric interior is unique, and makes an ideal setting in which to enjoy some of the county's best-loved shows.
As well as bringing some popular West End and travelling shows to Brighton, the theatre also likes to embrace the city's spirit and bring in something alternative during the festive period. Common favourites include The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Hotels near the Theatre
Thanks to its central location, visitors to the theatre are spoiled for the choice when it comes to finding nearby hotels. Brighton seafront is home to some of the grandest and most famous hotels in East Sussex. The most prominent include The Grand and the Hilton Metropole, both of which are hard to miss on King's Road.
Alternatively, the town's also full of more intimate bed and breakfasts. Sea Breeze and The Cavalaire offer guests a taste of the welcoming community of Kemp Town. The other direction, in luxurious Hove, hotels such as The Claremont and Langford Hotel make the most of the town's glorious period architecture.