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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.

Popular Activities at Brighton Beach

Make the most of your visit to Brighton Beach. Here is a list of the top activities:

Trying out an I Love Brighton: Day trip to Brighton Beach will make the visit to this celebrated attraction a memorable event!

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The Grand Brighton AU$173
The Grand Brighton

The Grand Brighton

97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Centre, Brighton Beach, and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Brighton Pier and British Airways i360 are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.

    Jurys Inn Brighton AU$112
    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.

      Hilton Brighton Metropole AU$147
      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.

        Queens Hotel AU$111
        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 AU$89
          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.

            Kings Hotel AU$105
            Kings Hotel

            Kings Hotel

            139-141 Kings Road, Brighton, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              With direct access to the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and Churchill Square Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              ibis Brighton City Centre - Station AU$124
              ibis Brighton City Centre - Station

              ibis Brighton City Centre - Station

              88 92 Queens Road, East Sussex, Brighton, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Brighton City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Laine, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and Brighton Dome. Churchill Square Shopping Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 15 minutes. Brighton Station is only a 2-minute walk and Brighton London Road Station is 16 minutes.

                Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront AU$151
                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.