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We love Brighton and we think you will too. Our guests have called Brighton a magical place almost like a British San Fransisco. It's certainly the most unique seaside resort in Europe and probably one of the most preserved in the world with hundreds of beautiful Regency buildings. It was once the plaground of a Prince and even now many celebrities from the world of music, movies and TV live in and around Brighton. With Cate Blanchet, Adele, Paul McCartney and many other living in the town recently. Even Brad Pitt knows the place well.

So why do they come? For many Brighton is 'London by the Sea', an eclectic mix of people and places. A place with lots of the facilities of a city but also those same city villages you find in London except it's small enough and safe enough to get around easily. In many ways it's the perfect city and one of the most popular places to live in the UK. The high house prices are a testament to that, with many over a million and several now in the £5 million range.

If £5 million is a bit steep, more normal people can still imagine it by spending the afternoon in The Royal Pavilion, the Prince Regent's deranged Indo-Saracenic and somewhat magical palace which he built to get away from his parents! Years later Queen Victoria didn't care for all the campery and the people looking through her windows, so she gave it to the city. It's stable has become theatres and a museum. Of course the town has more museums, it's also got more cafe's and bars than just about any city in the UK. With an interesting mix of both high street names and independant shops, Brighton really is the place to be.

If you like live acts, you can be entertained every night of the week with the many cabaret, comediens, live music or a nightclub if you want to dance the night away! Throughtout the year there's a fantastic range of events including the renowned Brighton Festival, Paddle Round The Pier and of course not forgetting Brighton & Hove Pride.


If the gay scene is your thing you've come to the right city. Brighton is the unofficial gay capital of the UK. With one of the biggest gay scenes outside of London and an approx gay population of up to 25,000 live in or near the city. You can choose from several cafe's, 3 nightclubs, 2 sauna's and over 10 bars. Of course many other venues are gay friendly. So whatever you are looking for Brighton offers it. It's estimated that just 25% of gays in Brighton visit the scene regularily. When they do, they'll end up in the sea front bars like Legends.

For more on the scene check out the gay guide to the right. Check out the website or pic up a copy of Gscene.

Brighton Wheel

Fast facts about Brighton
The Population 273,400(2011 est)
City size (area) 33.80 sq mi
Time zone UK: GMT+0
Like a drink? Nearly 400 pubs in Brighton & Hove
It's just cool! Voted the UK’s Coolest City
A celeb haven, many a star lives in Brighton or nearby. (Here's a list of residents or ex residents) Noel Gallagher, Adele, Nick Cave, Chris Eubank, Patrick Bergin, Steve Coogan, Cate Blanchett, Fatboy Slim, Marti Pellow, Peter Andre, Paul McCartney, Laurence Olivier, Rudyard Kipling, Simon Cowell, Vivien Leigh, Napoleon III, Holly Willoughby, The Levelers some of the 'Carry On' cast, many a 'Soap' star, and a tonne of those 'celebrities' like Katie Price. Not forgetting the latest media stars like Zoella and PewDiePie and many many others.
Weather Average Temparature (Summer often much higher)
December/January/February 5°C/41°F
March/November 8°C/46°F
April/May/October 11°C/52°F
June/September 15°C/59°F
July/August 17°C/63°F

Download one of our PDF Guides to print or save to your mobile/tablet.

Exciting Events & Festivals

There's always something going on in one of he UK's most vibrant cities. Here's just a small selection of events. Check out Visit Brighton for full details.

Brighton Half Marathon Sunday in February
Brighton Marathon Sunday in April
Brighton Festival Funfair Late April - Early May
Foodies Festival - Brighton April or May
Brighton Fringe May-June
Brighton Festival May
The Regency Run (MG Cars) Sunday in May
Stonewall Equality Walk Sunday in May
Artists Open Houses May (Weekends)
Classic Car Run Sunday in June
The Great Escape Late May
Food & Drink Festival (May) May
Brighton's Big Screen June - July
(BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride Sunday in June
Paddle Round The Pier July
Brighton Pride August
London to Brighton Run (Jaguar) Sunday in July
Food & Drink Festival (Summer) August
Food & Drink Festival (Late Summer) September
Fiery Foods Festival September
L2B Landrover run Sunday in October
Brighton Comedy Festival October
Pavilion Ice Rink Nov-Jan,
Burning the Clocks December 21 every year


Brighton is home to 'The Seaguls' (Brighton & Hove Albion). In and around the area you'll find just about every sport you could imagine. We list a few here.

Prince Regent Swimming Complex Church Street, Brighton BN1 1YA Tel: 01273 685692
East Brighton Golf Club Roedean Road, Brighton BN2 5RA Bookings: 01273 603989
Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium Nevill Rd, Hove BN3 7BZ
Tel: 01273 204601
Brighton Racecourse Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ Tel: 01273 603580
American Express Community Stadium (Brighton & Hove Albion) Village Way, Falmer BN1 9BL
Tel: 01273 878288
Yellowave is the UK’s only permanent beach venue of its kind. 299 Madeira Drive, Brighton. BN2 1EN Tel: 01273 672222
The Gym Brighton (Local gym/Across the road) - Day Passes Avaialble The Terraces, Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1AY
Tel: 0844 384 3890

Must Visit Museums & ATTRACTIONS

We've named the main places to see but there's far more to see and do in Brighton.

  • Royal Pavilion: (Entry Fee)
  • Brighton Museum: A great place to visit.
  • The Brighton Pier: One of the UK's busiest leisure attractions.
  • Brighton Marina: Shopping, bars and restaurants etc.
  • Brighton Toy & Model Museum: (Entry Fee)
  • Brighton i360: (Entry Fee)
  • Sea Life Centre: Entrance just to the east of Brighton Pier. (Entry Fee)
  • Booth Museum of Natural History: Is all about birds!!


Brighton & Hove has some of the best shopping in the UK.You'll often find the chain stores alongside an eclectic mix of indpendent shops.