About Brighton

About Brighton

Ever since the Prince Regent first visited in 1783, Brighton & Hove has been England's most exciting seaside city, and today it's as vibrant, eccentric and cosmopolitan as ever.

If you've never visited, you too will fall for Brighton & Hove's rich cultural mix - Regency architecture, pleasure pier, specialist shops, pavement cafes, lively arts and of course the exotic Royal Pavilion. Everything's in walking distance, so take time to explore and enjoy what the city has to offer.

From the unique Royal Pavilion to the Victorian Brighton Pier, the Volks Railway to Brighton & Hove Museums, Brighton's attractions are a mix of heritage, seaside fun and cultural experiences. Whatever time of year you visit there is sure to be something that you want to see. You'll also find lots of parks, gardens and scenic countryside right on Brighton's doorstep.

Activities

Brighton beach and pier

Brighton beachfront is a buzzing playground of swimming, surfing, sailing, basketball, volleyball, skateboarding and lots more. Away from the water there are plenty of spectator sports - enjoy a day at Brighton Races or a night at Brighton Greyhound stadium. Or take a Brighton Walks tour - a Ghost Walk or Legends of the Lanes - or one of our great, simple to use audio walking tours from Tourist Tracks.

The rolling South Downs are great for walking and cycling, and all year round there are hundreds of events from the famous London to Brighton RAC Veteran Car Run and National Speed Trials, to power boat racing and kite festivals.

Brighton & Hove is a great base for exploring the beautiful Sussex countryside - cream teas and castles, English Wines and windmills, there's something for everyone. From the picturesque little villages of Alfriston, Lindfield and Petworth, and the famous gardens of Leonardslee, Nyman's and Borde Hill, to the historic houses of Great Dixter, Parham and Standen, and much more, there's so much to see and do.

Home to England's largest arts festival every May Brighton & Hove has a lively arts scene all year round.

There's plenty to see and do for kids - visits to the Sea Life Centre, the Booth Museum of Natural History and the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Enjoy funfair rides on the Pier, swimming at the King Alfred Leisure Centre plus a year-round programme of events for the whole family.

After Dark

Brighton Pavilion

As soon as the sun goes down Brighton's nightlife gets going. From dusk to dawn, seven days a week, the city is alive with theatre goers, film enthusiasts, dancers, clubbers and party animals.

There's a huge range of entertainment venues, from comedy at the Brighton Komedia, world music, opera and ballet at the Brighton Dome, jazz at the Latest Music Bar, top stars at the Brighton Centre and pre-west end shows at the Theatre Royal. Catch one of the latest bands at a Brighton city centre pub or try one of Brighton's coolest clubs on the south-coast.

Shopping

North Laine, Brighton

Come and enjoy Brighton's unique shopping experience. Wander through the 17th century Brighton Lanes and pick up ideas for jewellery, designer clothes, interior design, perfumes, hats and shoes or relax alfresco in Brighton Square, right in the heart of The Lanes. Brighton's North Laine has a laid-back bohemian charm and over 300 unique, individual and quirky shops.

For a taste of high-street shopping, Brighton's Churchill Square has over 80 stores under one glass-domed roof. If bargain hunting is your thing visit the indoor and outdoor antique and flea markets across the city. Visit Brighton's only outlet shopping centre at Brighton Marina offering famous brands at genuine savings. Or explore Brighton's villages and discover individual flair, character and originality. And pick up an original piece of Brighton art from the beachfront's Artists Quarter.

For the region's biggest and best selection of second-hand goods try the giant car boot sale and flea market at Brighton Marina every Sunday morning.

Where to Eat & Drink

There's a great range of restaurants, pubs and bars in Brighton & Hove, many of them award winning. Choose from beachfront brasseries, exquisite seafood restaurants, chic café and bar culture and modern international menus at stylish, funky venues.

Whether you're looking for a beachfront brunch, a mid-morning espresso, a leisurely lunch, a traditional tea, a veggie treat or a pre theatre pizza with jazz, Brighton's restaurants cater for all tastes and budgets. There are good value pubs and cafes too and each of Brighton's villages has its own range of restaurants to tempt your taste buds.

You can also book a range of Brighton restaurants online.