Here you can find a selection of speedy tours of the main areas of Brighton, designed and tested by us! We've included pictures and maps to make it as easy as possible. If you spot something that excites you on the journey, don't feel bound by our route but do feel free to let us know!

Parking in Brighton is not the best (to put it nicely), but there are trains every 20 minutes from London that take between 50-70mins to get into Brighton station, which is placed only 10 minutes from the city centre. Unless you need to drive down, or have a parking space lined up, we definitely recommend the train!
Brighton's Neatly Uniformed Taxis Outside the Station
Head out the exit to the left of M&S to reach the taxi rank (most Brighton taxi's are in a nice turquoise and white uniform - our own answer to black or yellow cabs) as well as a selection of bus stops that can take you into town, down to the seafront, or beyond Brighton.
If you're feeling up for a short walk though, the city centre is only about 500m along the road and the seafront about 200m more in a straight line, all slightly downhill. Facing away from the station you'll see Queens Road (the road the taxi's drive onto as they leave the station). To get into town, you can follow this road, straight on, all the way to the centre and the beach beyond, with no need to turn off at all!
Brighton's North Road Clock Tower - In December it Serves as a Great Centrepiece for Decorations!
You'll know when you've reached the city centre, as it is marked by a big clocktower sitting on a crossroads - at this point you can turn right, up the hill, to find the Churchill Square shopping centre, as well as the road where the biggest stores are. If you carry straight on at the crossroads, you'll reach the beach (which you can probably already see) and the road that runs all along the coast.
Brighton Seafront and Pier Alongside a Talking Telescope!
When you reach the coast, if you look left, you'll be able to see the Pier, whilst if you look to the right you can see the new i360 and the old West pier, the latter of which is closed to the public for reasons that should be apparent! If you head towards the Pier that isn't destroyed, you'll reach a roundabout - if you head left there you'll reach the Old Steine and gardens, which you can follow straight on to reach the Pavilion, turn left to loop back into town, or turn right to head up St James's Street and into Kemptown (you'll usually see a few rainbow flags flying) where there are also many hotels and great places to eat!
The Lanes are bordered by West Street, North Street, the Old Steine and the Seafront and are full of small, sort-of pedestrianised roads and dozens of places to eat, drink and, later at night, dance, with pretty much any cuisine you can want covered by at least one restaurant.
For a whistlestop tour, the best starting point is near the Pier and seafront - which you can usually spot from anywhere in the city and, if in doubt, head downhill until you hit the sea!
Facing the Pier, if you go right, along the seafront, you will reach a groyne with the Brighton donut on it - a big donut shaped green copper sculpture. If you turn up the road opposite this donut (East Street), you're now heading up the eastern side of the Lanes, with the Pitcher and Piano doing good cocktails on the corner to your left and several cafes and restaurants along the first half of this street, including Terre A Terre, which is a particularly good veggie restaurant. And Indian summer, which is a particularly good Indian restaurant, and very reasonable.
Keep up here and you'll reach a T-junction with a pedestrianised zone straight on, as well as plenty more shops and restaurants. You can often get a tarot readings, caricatures or massages from stalls along this street too, if you're keen!
If you turn left at the T-junction, up the street with the big columned building on the left (the town hall), you'll pass an easily missed entrace to the East Street Arcade, which has a selection of slightly more expensive, bespoke stores (mostly clothes), on the right and you'll then see a small square with a great Japanese restaurant, Moshimo, in the middle on your left.
At this point, you can head right, onto the pedestrianised area and then left at the end, into a small square and the Lanes proper (too many interesting shops to name here, you'll have to see for yourself!), or you can head straight on, with the first road on the left (Black Lion Street) as well as the next roads along (Ship and Middle Street) being particularly good for pubs and bars.
I'm not sure that many people actually refer to this area as the "Cultural Quarter", but that's technically it's name! If you're trying to find your way around, just ask someone where the Pavilion is.
This area has the most impressive architecture of the city centre and the most green space, with the theatre, museum, art gallery and, naturally, the Pavilion and all it's gardens.
Brighton Pavilion's Main Entrance
The easiest place to start is at the Pavilion, in the gardens. If you start at the front of the building (not the side that faces the main road) and follow the footpath behind you (if you're facing the Pavilion), you'll be walking through the main Gardens, but will also see Brighton Museum and Art Gallery on the right. If you continue straight across at the pedestrian crossroads, with the dome on your right, you'll emerge on New Road, which isn't actually completely pedestrianised, even though it's paved (look out for taxis). This road has the Theatre Royal, as well as a couple of really good restaurants and bars for pre or post theatre nibbles and drinks. Bar Valentino does amazing cocktails!
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
If you turn right down this street, away from the theatre, you'll reach a crossroads - head straight on to get to Jubilee Street. On the right there is a small grass square, if you take a right and walk across the square, you'll reach the Prince Regent swimming complex, or if you keep walking, you can head into the Jubilee library, which has a nice cafe and is a great place to sit down, read a book, or do some work (if you have to...).
Brighton's Modern Jubilee Library - Includes Café and Meeting Spaces!
Heading further up this road brings you to the North Laine area, which is covered below, but if you take a right at the end of Jubilee street, you'll end up back on the main road. You can then head right again back towards the seafront, or left, towards London Road shops and St Peter's Church.
Drinking in the sights around Kemptown is probably the most straightforward of our mini guides, since you'll mostly be sticking to a single road to absorb a lot of the highlights!
Restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs are clustered around the Kemptown area, with plenty of LGBT friendly establishments (this isn't to say there are places that are specifically not, but a lot of places in Kemptown make it part of their identity). This is also where the yearly street party is during Pride in August.
If you start at the Pier and follow the road that leads directly away from it at the roundabout, to the right of the Steine gardens if you're facing away from the sea - almost immediately on your right is Revenge, which is one of the biggest gay clubs. It has multiple floors with lots of different music genres every night and is great fun for a night out.
The second turning on the right is St James's Street, which runs all the way through the Kemptown area, with supermarkets, bookies and coffee shops at the starting end, loads of bars and restaurants in the middle and multiple hotels if you keep walking down the road for 10 minutes. If you walk up the road, you'll probably spot the Bulldog pub, which is a particularly famous gay bar that's been around for over 30 years (at night it is sometimes illuminated like a rainbow). A few minutes further on and you'll see a green space to your right, with the Brighton AIDS memorial sculpture commissioned in 2009. Around the same green space is where you'll find dozens of hotels. If you head two roads along, to Rock place, you can't go much wrong if you're looking for cocktails, with Brighton Rock and the Black Dove a few minutes along you should see and if you're looking for brilliant Thai food, Muang Thai is hard to beat.
You can continue along this road for about 500m as it curves around into St George's Road to reach another collection of independent shops and restaurants. If you walk down any of the roads on the right, you'll be back at the seafront and if you're looking for other notable gay bars or clubs, you'll find Legends (also a hotel) and Envy just before the Sea-Life centre.
So this is the place to go for shopping if you're looking for something unique - Churchill Square shopping centre has plenty of the standard brand stores (which isn't a bad thing!), but the North Laine area has dozens of indie shops, selling clothes, food, comics, books, jewellery, incense, tea and much more.
The best starting point for North Laine (don't let the name confuse, they are lanes - a Laine is an area of land on the Downs, which Brighton is built on) is the main station. If you're standing by all the bus stops outside the station, facing the station, you'll see a small road that cuts into a tunnel under the station entrance. Walk down there!
The first thing you'll see, whilst still in the tunnel, is the Brighton Toy and Model museum on the left, which is always good fun. This will immediately be followed by the Prince Albert pub on your right, along with the famous Banksy painting of the two kissing policemen on it's wall.
This is the north edge of North Laine, so in theory you can walk down this road and take any right turn you like, but the busiest three streets start 4 roads down, with Kensington Place, Tidy Street and Sydney Street, in that order. We'd suggest that you take a right down Sydney Street as it comes up and look down the street at all of the exciting shopping opportunities. Highlights on this street include Cyberdog and Dave's Comics if you're into punk clothes or comic books and board games. The Office is a great gin bar, with some very drinkable, very potent gins on the menu.
Walk to the end of this street and turn right, onto the mosaic of a man and some seagulls on the floor (we have a love-hate relationship with those birds - they always find a way to get into your bins), then turn left at the first street, which is fully pedestrianised. You have to visit Snoopers Paradise - it's been in Brighton forever and sells a huge range of bizarre and wonderful objects.
Following the road along, turn right at the end and again, take the first left to find more shops and the Komedia comedy club and cinema. You can follow this road and the next into town from here - after you're done shopping!
The seafront doesn't require much directing, since it is a straight road that stretches many kilometers along the shore, so we'll just point out things that are worth seeing and doing here.
If you position yourself at the pier, facing out to sea, and take a stroll to the right, you'll first spot trampolines, then the Brighton donut, which is next to a bar in a brilliant location to watch the sea. Further along you've got an old-time arcade and carousel, followed by Coalition, which is one of many late night seafront clubs along the coast.
On the other side of the Pier (your left if you're facing the Pier), you've got  the Sea Life centre, which is hard to miss, plus two crazy golf courses (one of which is right near the pier). In summer you might catch the Brighton Big Screen, which shows films and shows throughout the summer (check it out on our annual events page if you're interested).
As you keep walking along, you'll pass the new i360 tower if you fancy a sky-high view, along with places for volleyball, basketball, paddling and, eventually, you'll reach Hove Lawns, followed by many many beach huts - it's a wonderful and easy walk on a nice day and the lawns are a great place to set up a picnic if you find pebbles a bit uncomfortable!
If you follow the road east (left facing the pier) you'll come across a sports venue and the other crazy golf course, as well as the tiny Volks electric railway, which, for a couple of quid, you can ride all the way to the Marina. If you make the walk on foot, you'll probably notice a large embankment of pebbles as you get closer to the Marina, which is the curtain that hides the naturist beach area.
Eventually you'll reach the Marina, which, as well as having many boat trips and fishing trips, has a casino, bowling alley and outlet mall, combined with some well priced places to eat.
You can actually continue east out of the Marina on the Undercliff Walk, which will eventually take you to Rottingdean and, if you walk for about 30miles, Eastbourne! We wouldn't recommend going that far, but if you're a fan of cliffs, coasts and sea air, it's worth a walk until you get tired. There are bus stops dotted along the road, so it's easy enough to get the bus back.
London Road has seen a bit more love over the past few years - an enormous Co-op and Blockbusters filled two big spaces on the road and it took a while for the area to recover when they were closed.
If you start at St Peter's Church, which you can spot from most places in the city (the one with the spires - the large, blockier, red-brick one is St Bartholomew's church), facing the church in the car park, follow the road on the left. You'll be able to spot a steampunk themed bar called the Yellow Book and a few doors down, the Hobgoblin pub.
At this point you're on London Road - there are two main reasons to pop down this way, one of which is the selection of great cafes and pubs for a coffee or a pint, the other is the Open Market.
Continue past McDonalds, Co-op and Greggs and you'll spot a pedestrian area on your right (if you hit Baker Street you've gone a bit far) with the Open Market sign above. Continue on down there and you're in the newly redeveloped Open Market. It used to house a huge fishmongers and a few odds and ends stores, but has now been transformed into a selection of interesting independent cafes and interesting stores, with plenty of local art on sale alongside fresh fruit, veg and meat. It also serves as a great place to shelter if you get caught in a sudden downpour!
If you walk all the way through the market, you come out at the edge of the Level park, which has a newly built skatepark and amazing play area for children with all sorts of swings, roundabouts, sandpits and climbing frames. There used to be a swimming pool here, but it now serves as a nice plaza to have a sit down while the kids dash off and play.
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