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Brighton Beach

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

Brighton Beach is a popular seaside escape that buzzes with activity during the summer. Go for a stroll along the promenade, ride fairground attractions on a Victorian pier and revel in the lively atmosphere of the beach’s busy cafés, restaurants and clubs.

The coast is covered with large pebbles and the waters can be icy, but the beach still attracts many swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. Try windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding, or simply watch the action from the comfort of the shore. At the eastern end of the beach is a section for naturists. It opened in 1980, making it the first official public naturist beach in the U.K.

Walk along the beach’s promenade and cool off with some ice cream, which is sold by dozens of vendors along the shore. You’ll find the promenade is equally busy in the evening, with locals and tourists enjoying drinks at its many clubs and bars.

Brighton is one of the few remaining beaches in England to feature classic seaside Punch and Judy shows, a traditional puppet show with lots of slapstick scenes. Find the entertaining performance at the Fishing Quarter area of the beachfront.

Spend some time on Brighton Pier, which first opened toward the end of the 19th century. There are thrill rides, fairground attractions, a fish and chip restaurant and several bars. Adjacent to the pier is the Sea Life Center. It claims to be the oldest operating aquarium in the world, having opened in 1872.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit the beach is during the winter solstice celebrations in December. The festival features the burning of homemade paper and bamboo lanterns. During the lead-up to the celebration, participate in lantern-making workshops or pick up a simple lantern kit from a local shop.

Brighton Beach stretches from one side of town to the other. You can reach it on foot from most areas in Brighton, and it’s easily accessible by public transportation. If you prefer to drive, park for a fee in the parking lots near the beachfront.

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Brighton Beach. Below are the most popular activities:

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For more things to do, peruse our Brighton things to do page.


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Queens Hotel NT$1,622
Queens Hotel

Queens Hotel

1-3 Kings Road, Brighton, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Seafront, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Beach, Brighton Pier, and Brighton Sea Life Centre. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Centre are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 15 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

    Royal Albion Hotel NT$1,174
    Royal Albion Hotel

    Royal Albion Hotel

    35 Old Steine, Brighton, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Sea Life Centre, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 16 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 25 minutes.

      Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront NT$2,675
      Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

      Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

      Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        With direct access to the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Centre are also within 5 minutes. Brighton Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

        Hilton Brighton Metropole NT$2,632
        Hilton Brighton Metropole

        Hilton Brighton Metropole

        Kings Road, East Sussex, Brighton, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 15 minutes. Brighton Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 29 minutes.

          Jurys Inn Brighton NT$2,259
          Jurys Inn Brighton

          Jurys Inn Brighton

          101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Brighton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of North Laine, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and Brighton Dome. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brighton Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brighton London Road Station is 12 minutes.

            Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa NT$2,787
            Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

            Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa

            64 Kings Road, Brighton, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              With direct access to the beach, this Seafront hotel is in the city center, steps from West Street, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Centre. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Pier are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 11 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 26 minutes.

              The Old Ship Hotel NT$1,688
              The Old Ship Hotel

              The Old Ship Hotel

              Kings Road, Brighton, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.

                Hotel du Vin Brighton NT$2,758
                Hotel du Vin Brighton

                Hotel du Vin Brighton

                2 Ship Street, Brighton, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Seafront, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Centre. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Churchill Square Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.