Brighton Travel Guide

Brighton City in England
Brighton is an English seaside resort town. About an hour south of London by train, it’s a popular day-trip destination. Its broad shingle beach is backed by amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings. Brighton Pier, in the central waterfront section, opened in 1899 and now has rides and food kiosks. The town is also known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.
The Royal Pavilion, once a residence of King George IV, is a striking landmark with its Indo-Saracenic domes and ornate interiors. In its garden, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has wide-ranging collections, from decorative to fine art. Behind the seafront, The Lanes is a collection of alleyways lined with antique shops, cafes and pubs. Nearby is the North Laine bohemian and cultural quarter, with secondhand shops and brightly coloured houses. Brighton Dome is home to the Brighton Philharmonic, and the Theatre Royal Brighton, founded in 1807, presents musicals, plays, opera and ballet.

Royal Pavilion

Iconic Regency palace & museum

Distinctive Asian-style palace built for King George IV, with restored rooms, gardens and tours.

British Airways i360

Moving observation tower with a bar

This futuristic glass pod with a cocktail bar travels skyward for dramatic ocean & city views.

Brighton Palace Pier

Iconic landmark & entertainment centre

Opened in 1899 and home to fairground rides, bars, restaurants and deckchairs to enjoy the sea view.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Art & artefacts in a John Nash villa

In Royal Pavilion’s gardens, with displays of fine/decorative art, fashion, toys and local history.

Brighton Marina

Shopping, dining & yacht harbour

Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus casual eateries with terraces

SEA LIFE Brighton

Aquarium and turtle

Brighton Dome

Arts & music venue in a Regency building

Elegant Regency building staging music, theatre and dance shows, plus the annual Brighton Festival.

North Laine

Royal Pavilion & trendy shopping streets

North Laine has a happening, bohemian vibe with vegetarian cafes, vintage clothing stores, and jewellery stalls centred on busy Kensington Gardens pedestrian road. In the Cultural Quarter, the

The Lanes

The Lanes are a collection of narrow lanes in Brighton, in the city of Brighton and Hove famous for their small shops and narrow alleyways. The Lanes are commonly taken to be bounded by North

The Lanes

Winding alleyways & antiques stores

The Lanes, once the hub of the old fishing town Brighthelmstone, is a lively neighborhood packed with upmarket restaurants, quaint tea rooms, and traditional pubs serving real ale. At its heart

Volk’s Electric Railway

Victorian train now used for sightseeing

Electric railway dating to 1883, now operating along the seashore as a seasonal tourist experience.

Preston Park

Urban park & outdoor festival venue

Large urban park with playgrounds, pitches and a manor house, used for concerts, fairs and circuses.

Booth Museum of Natural History

Natural history & interactive displays

Museum exploring the natural world through exhibits, interactive displays and hands-on activities.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

10,000 exhibits beneath Victorian arches

Thousands of toys and models displayed in 3 railway arches, including 2 working railway layouts.

Preston Manor

Edwardian-style mansion & walled garden

Elegant Georgian manor with 20 rooms decorated in Edwardian style, plus a walled garden.

Old Steine

Historic thoroughfare with a garden park

Bustling thoroughfare anchored by lush gardens with sculptures, monuments & a cascading fountain.

Jubilee Clock Tower

Landmark clock tower dating to 1888

Granite & stone clock tower built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the throne.

Brighton Fishing Museum

History of the local fishing community

Volunteer-run museum tracing the fishing community’s history through film, photos and memorabilia.

Old Police Cells Museum

Exhibits tracing Sussex Police history

Tours of prison cells & a collection of Sussex Police history memorabilia in the Town Hall basement.

Brighton Open Market

Market and shopping

Snoopers Paradise Ltd

Brighton Beach

Beach

Kings Road

Fish and chips and shopping

Regency Square, Brighton

Iconic townhouses around a public green

Series of townhouses built as luxury homes in the 19th-century around a central lawn, now a park.

Regency Square

Queen’s Park, Brighton

Green space with a playground & a pond

An urban park with a central pond and a playground, which also hosts regular concerts and events.

Hove Park

Large green space for leisure & sport

Public parkland with flowers, sculptures and grassy areas, a playground and sporting facilities.

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Toys, cinema, fine art & local history

Italianate villa housing a family-friendly world of toys, film, local history and fine art.

Prince Regent Swimming Complex

St Peter’s Church, Brighton

Anglican edifice by Sir Charles Barry

Carpeted, Gothic-style Anglican building, designed by Sir Charles Barry, with 5 Sunday services.

Fabrica

Contemporary art in a unique space

Established contemporary art gallery in a former church for exhibits, workshops, talks & screenings.

Brighton Pier Rides

Undercliff Walk

Cliff and running

Brighton Bike Tours

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Pavilion Gardens

Restored Regency garden with a cafe

Restored Regency garden at the Royal Pavilion featuring a variety of plants, plus a cafe.

St. Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove

Garden, tennis, and park

St. Ann’s Well Gardens is a park in Hove, East Sussex, about half a mile from the shore. The park is renowned for its chalybeate spring, which is now named St. Ann’s Well. In this case, the name

Devil’s Dyke, Sussex

Picturesque valley with trails

Scenic, V-shaped valley with walking trails, nature programs & surrounding hotels & restaurants.

Kipling Gardens

Garden and park

St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton

Church

St Bartholomew’s Church, dedicated to the apostle Bartholomew, is an Anglican church in Brighton, England. The neo-gothic building is located on Ann Street, on a sloping site between Brighton

Brighton Naturist Beach

Beach

The Level

Park with skateboarding & a splash pad

Green space with elm trees & butterflies, a skate park & water fountain feature for kids.

Rendezvous Casino Brighton Marina

Two gaming floors, restaurant & DJs

Slots, roulette and poker with a seaview terrace, restaurant and weekend DJs; open 24/7.

LaserZone

Brighton and Hove City Council Seafront Office

artrepublic Brighton Gallery

Art gallery for limited edition prints

Well-stocked gallery of rare, limited edition prints by sought-after artists, plus framing service.

The Escape Game Brighton

Ditchling Beacon

Grassy hill with walking paths

Grassy, 248m-tall chalk hill with panoramic views, walking paths & the remains of an Iron Age fort.