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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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Lodging Near Brighton Beach

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Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront $108
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Kings Road Brighton, Brighton
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 835 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 Churchill Square Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes.

    Kings Hotel $103
    Kings Hotel

    Kings Hotel

    139-141 Kings Road, Brighton
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 1,411 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Brighton hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brighton Beach and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Horizon B and B $44
      Horizon B and B

      Horizon B and B

      29-31 New Steine, Marine Parade, Brighton
         
        2.7
        of 5, from 681 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Kemptown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion. Brighton Pier and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

        Royal Albion Hotel $94
        Royal Albion Hotel

        Royal Albion Hotel

        35 Old Steine, Brighton
           
          2.9
          of 5, from 1,517 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.

          The Grand Brighton $118
          The Grand Brighton

          The Grand Brighton

          97-99 King's Road, Brighton
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,815 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

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

            Hotel du Vin Brighton
            Hotel du Vin Brighton

            Hotel du Vin Brighton

            2 Ship Street, Brighton
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 250 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.

              The Old Ship Hotel $69
              The Old Ship Hotel

              The Old Ship Hotel

              Kings Road, Brighton
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 1,449 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Brighton, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes.

                Jurys Inn Brighton $88
                Jurys Inn Brighton

                Jurys Inn Brighton

                101 Stroudley Road, Brighton
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 1,315 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Brighton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of North Laine and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 1 mi (2 km).