Brighton has a wide range of faiths and religions throughout the city and has a large number of places of worship and religious communities active across the area. Some of the buildings date back hundreds of years and serve as attractions of their own, alongside their original purposes.

Religion & Places of Worship

Brighton is pretty atypical for the UK (which you'll find is pretty standard if you live in Brighton a while) - nearly twice as many people in 2001 claimed no religion than the UK average (27.0% vs. 14.6%). Still mostly a Christian city (59.1%), Brighton has a larger proportion of Jewish and Buddhist people living here than the rest of the UK (nearly triple the average at 1.4% and 0.7% respectively). Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities make up a similar proportion to the rest of the UK, at 1.5%, 0.5% and 0.1% of the population of Brighton.

With such a mix of religions and cultures, you can be sure to find a local place or worship that suits your needs, as Brighton has over 100 dotted around the city. Many of the older Christian churches (and 2 of the 3 synagogues) are also listed buildings, making them worth a tour regardless of faith! A personal favourite is St Bartholomew's Church, just off London Road - it's nave is the tallest of any parish church in Britain and it's impossible to miss on a walk into town (possibly a personal bias having been a student at the primary school next door!).

We have religious event listings and masses on our What's On page too!

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