Brighton Travel Guide

Located on the eastern side of England’s southern coast in Sussex, Brighton is a favorite seaside resort for Londoners, courtesy of its close proximity to the capital. With its pleasant, mostly-pebble beach and large alternative scene, it makes for a fun getaway and retains that classic British seaside resort feel with its old pier and lazy shops – although it does get especially crowded during the summer when the weather warms up.

With its large gay and alternative scene, Brighton makes an intriguing destination. Much of its counterculture is centered on the North Laine, featuring herbal shops and bagel cafés, among other weird and wonderful offerings. The gay area is mainly around Kemptown, where the Gay Pride Parade takes over most of the town every summer, usually in July or August.

Most of Brighton’s activity is focused on the pebbly beach, a classic strip of British resort coastline which becomes congested with Londoners and locals in the hot summer months. There are numerous bars and restaurants on the shoreline and even the odd live open-air concert and dance music events held in the summer. With many night clubs dotted around it, Brighton has become known as a lively place to go out after dark.


Bright Beach: is the beating heart of Brighton life and the best place to hang out during the day when the weather is up to it.

Brighton Pier: is a retail and entertainment venue on the main beach. You could literally spend all day shopping and playing here.

Brighton Marina: this upscale and recently developed area is picture perfect with moored boats setting the scene. Numerous restaurants and bars on the seafront are great for an afternoon or evening of relaxation.

North Laine: is the main area of Brighton’s alternative culture and site of numerous open-air markets, particularly on Saturday mornings.

Royal Pavilion: this former royal seaside retreat was built in the 19th century with a distinctly Indian feel. The building is open to visitors and bookings for events.****