Introduction to Brighton

Brighton Seafront with Fish & Chips Stand on an Ideal Day for Sunbathing!

Firstly, welcome to Brighton!

Brighton is definitely one of the most vibrant and colourful cities in the UK. You might have been drawn here to visit the huge Brighton Pride festival we host every year, to study at one of our great Universities, or to follow the crowds flocking to enjoy some sun and ice cream on our iconic pebbled beaches.

You'll probably have heard Brighton labelled the 'Gay Capital of the UK' - we're pretty proud of our relaxed and diverse atmosphere (not just around the LGBT+ community, though if you venture into Kemptown you will see many rainbow flags flying from a host of LGBT+-friendly clubs, bars and pubs), and for voting in the only Green MP in the country for two elections running. We like to be different!

You'll find a great range of food, drink, art, music and theatre throughout the city, as well as a lively nightlife if you venture into the city centre and seafront later in the evenings.

Traditionally, if you're coming down for some sun, sea and sand (read: stones), it will rain, so we've made sure to cover sights and attractions for all weathers. If you're a student or a new resident, this guide is also full of tips, tricks and advice to cover all the essentials of Brighton life.

Things to Do

The Waltzer on Brighton Pier, Not for the Faint-Hearted! Click Here to Explore our Sightseeing, Activities and Tour Guides.

Even before the Prince Regent turned a two-up, two-down house where he hid his mistress into a Kublai Kahn inspired, Taj-Mahal-esque palace (no joke), Brighton had a reputation as a town of leisure. You certainly won't be lacking for things to see and do! Click here for a full list!

Not sure where to start? Try our Top 10!

Staying in Brighton

Mercure Hotel in Brighton at Night. One of Many Hotels Along the Seafront! Click Here for our Guides to Staying in Brighton
If you're here for a visit, we've got tips and advice on places to stay, or check out our full hotels, hostels & B&B listings!
 
For something more permanent, or for house swaps and short lets, try our accommodation pages.

Places to Eat & Drink

The Hope & Ruin Pub on Queens Road, Near Brighton Station - Click Here to Browse the Many Guides to Eating & Drinking In Brighton
So much food, so little time! Brighton has a huge range of eateries, pubs and bars.
 
You can look at our full listings here, or if you want to find out more about good areas to grab a bite, check out our guides check out our guides!!

Places to go Shopping

Evening in the North Laine District, Brighton's Independent Shopping Area - Click Here for our Brighton Shopping Guides
Not many places have an entire quarter devoted to independent, bespoke and bohemian shops.
 
You'll definitely find something unique as a souvenir!
You can also browse all Brighton shops here.

Living in Brighton

Colourful Houses & The Marine Tavern Pub Between Kemptown and the Seafront - Click Here for our Guides to Living in Brighton
New arrival, or just can't find the shop you need? Have a look at our Living in Brighton section.
 
We've got everything covered, from banks, to allotments, to late-night shopping and computer emergencies!

Student Life in Brighton

Need to decorate your new room? Can't remember when term ends?
 
If you're just joining us (congratulations!), this section has everything you need to get started as a student in Brighton.

Getting Here & Getting Around

Buses Outside Brighton Station - Click Here for our Guides to Getting To & Around Brighton
It's an easy trip from London Victoria, but how do you get around once you're here?
 
We've got Taxis, Trains, Coaches and Buses listed for your convenience, plus Cycling and Walking routes.
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