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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 showing heritage architecture

Brighton City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(108 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

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Brighton Beach and Brighton Pier are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Seafront. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops.

Seafront
Brighton Wheel showing a sunset and street scenes

Kemptown

4.5/5Wonderful!(43 area reviews)

Kemptown is known for its breathtaking beach views, and you can see some sights in the area like Brighton Marina and Brighton Beach.

Kemptown
The Lanes which includes signage

The Lanes

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

Montpelier

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Get to know Montpelier by checking out its beaches, cafés, 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
Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront
Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront
4 out of 5
137 Kings Road, Brighton, England
The price is $88 per night

Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and ...

3.5/5Good! (646 reviews)

"Great location, nice hotel. The car park is small and we couldn’t get in so parked in the nearby underground car park"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront
Malmaison Brighton
Malmaison Brighton
4 out of 5
Brighton Marina, Brighton, England
The price is $88 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 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
Bday Break

"We had a quick weekend trip and it was an excellent little break"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Malmaison Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton
Jurys Inn Brighton
4 out of 5
101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
Free Cancellation
The price is $72 per night

Located in Brighton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of North Laine, Brighton Dome, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"Good location surly good atmosphere considering the situation we are in"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Jurys Inn Brighton

Popular places to visit in Brighton

Brighton Marina
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Brighton Marina

4/5(17 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(80 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(41 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(91 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(17 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(7 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Brighton

In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

$91
Per adult
Full Day Bath and Stonehenge Tour from Brighton
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Full Day Bath and Stonehenge Tour from Brighton

$69
Per adult
Brighton Essential Tour in Spanish
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Brighton Essential Tour in Spanish

$15
Per adult
3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Eastbourne
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3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Eastbourne

$246
Per adult
Piers & Queers - LGBTQ History Tour in Brighton
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Piers & Queers - LGBTQ History Tour in Brighton

$44
Per adult
Bluebell Steam Railway & Vineyard Bus Tour
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Bluebell Steam Railway & Vineyard Bus Tour

$127
Per adult

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