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BrightonUnited Kingdom

A famous beach, grandiose architecture, bohemian lifestyle and bustling shopping and nightlife districts make this one of England’s favorite coastal cities. 

Brighton is among the most flamboyant cities in the United Kingdom. Once a fishing village, its popularity grew when royals came in search of medicinal seawater. Today Brighton blends the charm of a traditional Victorian-era seaside resort with the creativeness of its alternative, hipster population. Bachelor and bachelorette parties flock to Brighton for its nightlife while mods cruise the coastline on scooters and day trippers explore a labyrinth of shopping streets.

Brighton Beach is the quintessential city image, where fish and chip shops, ice cream parlors and fading Victorian-era hotels line a promenade that runs parallel to a long shingle coastline. Thousands descend upon the beach on sunny days to dabble in watersports, play Frisbee and relax on deckchairs.

The amusement rides at Brighton Pier, Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Centre concert venue provide non-stop entertainment for all the family. Snap a photo of the multicolored beach huts that front Hove Lawns.

Wander through The Lanes, an area of zigzagging alleys home to boutiques, chocolatiers, jewelers and milliners. Varied restaurants, comedy clubs, pubs and jazz cafés offer food and nightlife options for all tastes. Hear gruesome crime stories at the Old Police Cells Museum.

Experience the life of British monarchs at the opulent Royal Pavilion. The adjoining Royal Pavilion Gardens is a green oasis in the heart of the city that attracts birds and butterflies. See Egyptian artifacts, exhibits about city history and 20th-century art at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal Brighton put on year-round schedules of performing arts.

Spot examples of Regency and Victorian architecture in the affluent districts of Clifton Hill and Montpelier. Soccer fans can attend a match of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club at the American Express Community Stadium. View the city from a different perspective on a cruise from Brighton Marina.

Located on England’s southeast coast, Brighton is just a 1-hour train ride from London. Summer is the busiest period and the time for festivals such as Brighton Fringe, Brighton Pride and Brighton Mod Weekender.

Where to stay in Brighton

Brighton which includes heritage architecture

Brighton City Centre

4/5Very Good!(966 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Brighton City Centre. Make a stop by Brighton Beach or Brighton Dome while you're exploring the area.

Brighton City Centre
Brighton Beach featuring general coastal views

Seafront

4/5Very Good!(154 area reviews)

Are you interested in stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife and popular shops? A visit to Seafront might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier.

Seafront
Brighton Wheel which includes a sunset and street scenes

Kemptown

4.5/5Wonderful!(396 area reviews)

Kemptown is known for its breathtaking beach views, and with sights like Brighton Marina and Brighton Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Brighton.

Kemptown
The Lanes which includes signage

The Lanes

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in The Lanes. You might want to make time for a stop at Chapel Royal or Friends Meeting House.

The Lanes
Montpelier, Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Montpelier

4/5Very Good!(43 area reviews)

Get to know Montpelier by checking out its beaches, cafes and shopping. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Brighton Beach or Brighton Pier during your time in the area.

Montpelier

Top hotels in Brighton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Malmaison Brighton
Malmaison Brighton
4 out of 5
The price is £107 per night

Located in Seafront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rendezvous Casino and Brighton Marina. Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier are also within 2 miles ...

4.2/5Very Good! (967 reviews)

"Lovely stay for one night. Everything clean, told to wear mask in public areas but not everyone was. Didn’t realise the food in the room was free until check out! Had drinks in the bar, which was lovely. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Malmaison Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
4 out of 5
The price is £84 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre and Brighton ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"We have been a number of times to Brighton this however, is our first visit following Covid. What hasn’t changed is the cleanliness - top notch and the professionalism of the staff. I missed the first night and didn’t phone to advise them , but they were very good in sorting it out. Unfortunately ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
The Grand Brighton
The Grand Brighton
4 out of 5
The price is £93 per night

Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and British Airways ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,313 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Rooms and fixtures are bit dated. Air conditioning just about working. Some restaurants are not air condition due to the age of building. Otherwise it was a pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2020

The Grand Brighton

Popular places to visit in Brighton

Brighton Marina
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Brighton Marina

4/5(209 reviews)

Take a leisurely stroll around this remarkable port, where houses and apartments stand alongside moorings for impressive ships and yachts.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(580 reviews)

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

Brighton Centre
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Brighton Centre

4/5(404 reviews)

From rock and pop concerts to children’s entertainment and sports tournaments, this is one of the most popular live event venues in Brighton. 

Brighton Pier
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Brighton Pier

4/5(468 reviews)

Enjoy fun-filled hours at this Brighton attraction, home to fairground rides, amusement arcades and classic seaside snacks.

Brighton Dome
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Brighton Dome

4.5/5(97 reviews)

Watch a dramatic performance, a classical music display or a modern dance show in these historic buildings that once housed the royal family’s horses.

British Airways i360
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British Airways i360

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Learn about the history of British Airways i360, a well-known monument in Brighton. Discover the area's acclaimed theatre scene and shops.

Top things to do in Brighton

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures
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Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

£30
Per adult
FULL DAY Stonehenge & Bath tour from Brighton
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FULL DAY Stonehenge & Bath tour from Brighton

£55
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
Secrets of the Lanes - Tour in Brighton
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Secrets of the Lanes - Tour in Brighton

£35
Per adult
FULL DAY Oxford & Windsor tour from Brighton
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FULL DAY Oxford & Windsor tour from Brighton

£45
Per adult
Cycling Tour of Brighton City
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Cycling Tour of Brighton City

£30
Per adult

Reviews of Brighton

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
457
5 - Excellent 45.33730158730159%
4 - Good
399
4 - Good 39.583333333333336%
3 - Okay
99
3 - Okay 9.821428571428571%
2 - Disappointing
34
2 - Disappointing 3.373015873015873%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.8849206349206349%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Great city to visit, shops, pubs, general vibe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

It’s great, has good vibes and plenty to do. Touring the Lanes is fun never know what you might find. Eating out lots of choices can recommend The Regency fish and chips and Hotel du vin.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

We loved Brighton!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Went to Brighton centre, very good venue, happy, helpful staff, lovely place. Brighton itself was an interesting place. Everything and everyone are different. Great shops, filthy streets and shops in places but very interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Love it! Vibrant city! Only downside too many homeless out on streets.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Although it is nice to be so close to the sea, next visit will definitely be further away from the noise !!

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