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Brighton

Known for Beaches, Shopping and LGBT-Friendly

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

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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.

Best neighborhoods to visit in Brighton

Things to do in Brighton

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

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

An eye-catching mix of Asian motifs and royal grandeur, this palace is one of the most magnificent buildings in the United Kingdom.

From a library stacked with original editions by famous authors to a performing arts venue and nature walks, there’s always something to see and do at this public research uni near Brighton. 

Discover fascinating creatures from the world’s oceans and rainforests and learn about wildlife conservation programs at this seafront aquarium. 

Browse the stores of well-known brands, discover varied dining options and make the most of children’s activities all under one roof in central Brighton. 

Peruse the fine art collections and learn about the history of this progressive seaside city through this museum’s pictures and displays.

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

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Explore this popular English seaside resort on an iconic City Sightseeing Brighton bus tour! This vibrant city is home to numerous attractions, including the famous Brighton Pier, Pebble Beach, Brighton Marina, Royal Crescent and many more.

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A walking tour of Brighton by a professional guide. Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique and…er…a little bit weird.

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In the morning we visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world - a ‘must see’ during any stay in Britain. With more than 5000 years of history, Stonehenge remains one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries.

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Dive in to an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world! Look out for the dazzling scales, crazy colours, and fantastic fins of our 3,500 mesmerising creatures and get closer to them than ever before.

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In the morning we visit Windsor where 900 years of Royal history are waiting for us. We enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful town, where we see what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. If the Royal flag is flying, the Queen’s at home.

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Brighton's Lanes are the city's prettiest and most historic quarter. Narrow streets of 18th century fishermen's cottages contrast with the modern buzz of colourful independent shops and cafes.