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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
Great destination for a weekend getaway. Its very easy to get around, on foot and with public transport. Lots of restaurants and cafes, amazing sights and friendly people. I particularly loved the beach and The Lanes.
Jamie
Netherlands
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
good to sea recycling facilities near seafront to stop plastics blowing out to sea: should have been done years ago. Skids 7" was a great find in local shops Comic shop didnt open on time which was short due to train
Simon
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
8
Very good
Brighton is a great place to visit if you like to be by the sea with lots to do. History as its an old town with the Royal pavilion, old pubs and hotels as well as the Lanes. Quirky too.
Julia
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
8
Very good
Lots going on to appeal to all ages and tastes. Difficult to park so I recommend getting a train there and walk around.
Kathryn
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
If you want a lively night out or a great meal Brighton caters in abundance. The cricketers in Black lion street is small but busy with nice food I recommend it.
United Kingdom
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Brighton & Hove

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

8.2 Very good

Score from 4,245 reviews

£79

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “amazing views”
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Queens Hotel & Spa

7.9 Good

Score from 6,158 reviews

£65

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  • “location was great”
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Kings Hotel

7.6 Good

Score from 4,691 reviews

£39

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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The Grand Brighton

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 4,751 reviews

£84

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Best Western Princes Marine Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 1,484 reviews

£55

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Jurys Inn Brighton

8.5 Very good

Score from 1,994 reviews

£68

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Britannia Study Hotel

8 Very good

Score from 1,740 reviews

£47

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  • “location was great”
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Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

7.8 Good

Score from 836 reviews

£64

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Granville Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 644 reviews

£69

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  • “wonderful staff”
    124 related reviews
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Discover Brighton & Hove

Popular neighbourhoods in Brighton & Hove

Kemptown

101 properties

This area was known historically as an artists’ quarter. Nowadays, white-stuccoed, -Regency-style houses line its streets, where a new industry of boutique hotels and cocktail bars is taking root. St. James Street is its main thoroughfare, brimming with eateries – try Red Roaster Coffee House for your morning pick-me-up.

Brighton City Centre

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Brighton’s centre has an abundance of pubs, eateries, clubs and cinemas. Check out London Road for its eclectic shops and catch a flick at the Duke of York Cinema (the UK’s oldest). Then walk further along to the Open Market for gourmet food and fashion. For small art galleries and independent shops, head to quirky, friendly North Laine.

Seafront

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Head to the pier! The café-lined beachfront area is loaded with things to do. Relax in Hove Park amidst the greenery, sip tea to the sound of piano at the Grand Hotel, or rent a kayak and cast off in the English Channel. There’s also the famous Brighton Pier with its high-altitude fun-rides, where an endless supply of candy floss will keep you going!

Local tips for Brighton & Hove

The Rockery
Sarah by Sarah

Originally from Ireland, Sarah loves exploring and has a soft spot for the city’s quiet corners.

If you keep your eyes open when passing Preston Park, you may just find the charming hidden Rockery. This peaceful rock garden has beautiful plants and a pond with stepping stones. Since it’s located across the road from the main park, it’s less well known and has plenty of secluded spots.

  • The Rockery A23 Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN1 6DQ
  • www.friendsofprestonpark.org
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:15–16:00, Saturday–Sunday 09:30–17:00
Bring Your Own Cocktail
Jake by Jake

When bored of London’s extensive bar scene, Jake seeks out exciting new watering holes in Brighton.

Bring Your Own Cocktail is a great cocktail bar with a unique twist – it has absolutely no alcohol on sale! Instead, you bring along a bottle of your favourite tipple and the bartender will use it to mix up a creative cocktail just for you.

  • 41 Meeting House Ln, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN1 1HW
  • Open Thursday–Saturday 17:30–00:30
The Old Steine
Pasqual by Pasqual

Pasqual lived in sunny Brighton and Hove for 6 years and has fond memories of its buzzing nightlife.

As a former local, I’d often head to the Old Steine, an open green space in the heart of the city. A café provides a nice spot to stop and chat while taking in Brighton’s buzz, and it’s a short stroll down to the seafront to take in the afternoon sun.

  • Steine Gardens Old Steine, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN1 1GY
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Recommendations for Brighton & Hove

Individual and independent shops, makes a different experience to visiting other large towns which mainly have the 'big boys' as their main attractions. Refreshing to find quirky, individual and different businesses. Avoided at all cost shops, bars, restaurants I can visit in my own home town.

The beach is vast and many different parts to it a play area for young families and the pier for all the family , plus the bars and restaurants on the beach for older family members. So a good all-rounder for everyone.

Go to Terre a Terre! Not only some of the best veggie food, but some of the best food I've ever had. Stunning!

Frankies Italian restaurant in Hove, Lion and Lobster in Brighton.

Chilled, laid back, friendly people

Lots of place to choose from

Brilliant Whalefest

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Brighton & Hove transport

Air - Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is served by frequent trains on the London–Brighton line, with journey times of 25–40 minutes to Brighton Train Station. Faster Southern trains cost GBP 10 single, while slower Thameslink services cost GBP 8.40. National Express buses also connect Gatwick and Brighton in around 45 minutes, with prices starting at GBP 6.60 online. Airport taxis will charge at least GBP 60 to Brighton: it may be cheaper to call a local taxi firm and arrange a pick-up.

Bus

Mainly operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus Company, Brighton’s buses are generally modern, with low-emission engines and space for wheelchairs and prams. Buses run every few minutes on main routes, and there are plenty of bus stops around the city. A single trip within the city centre costs GBP 2, while a full one-way ticket costs GBP 2.40. Day passes are also available for GBP 4.70. All tickets are sold on board – just pay the driver directly in cash.

Taxi

Brighton and Hove’s white and aqua coloured taxis can be hailed in the street but don’t always stop, particularly on busy Friday and Saturday nights. Alternatively, taxi ranks are dotted around the city, including outside the train station, Churchill Square and the Pavilion. Fares start at GBP 4.60 for the first mile travelled and GBP 2.20 for each subsequent mile. Higher fares apply for large groups and when travelling at night, on Sundays and on public holidays.

Train

Just a 15-minute walk from the seafront, Brighton Railway Station offers regular trains to Gatwick and Luton airports and direct connections to London, Bristol, Southampton and Plymouth. Tickets are available from counters and machines in the station, which also has a café, ATM and several shops. Just outside the main entrance you’ll find a taxi rank and a bus station, while the rear entrance has a cycle hub offering bicycle storage, rental and repair services.

Bicycle

The number of cyclists in Brighton and Hove has increased substantially over recent years and there are cycle lanes throughout the city, including along the seafront. Several private companies offer guided cycle tours and bike rental, including tandems and bicycles with child seats. Tourist information offices can also provide you with a cycle map which marks out popular routes and bike parking facilities around Brighton.

Car

Driving in central Brighton is best avoided if possible. Narrow one-way streets make for confusing navigation and intense traffic, especially at weekends and during special events. On-street parking is hard to come by and quite pricey – up to GBP 3.60 per hour. Be aware that parking restrictions are strictly enforced and vehicles parked illegally may be clamped or towed away. Multi-storey carparks are more convenient, but prices start at around GBP 8 per hour.

Food in Brighton & Hove

Top restaurants in Brighton & Hove

Good value
Thai
Siam Siam
High-end dining
Seafood
The Salt Room
High-end dining
Italian
Alfresco
Good value
European
The Lion & Lobster
  • The Lion & Lobster, 24 Sillwood St, Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove BN1 2PS, UK
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-13:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-14:00, Sunday 12:00-00:00
  • www.thelionandlobster.co.uk
  • 0044 1273327299
Good value
South African
Mascara
Good value
Asian
Kambis
Good value
International
N 32
  • 32 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG, UK
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-23:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-04:30, Sunday 11:30-23:00
  • 0044 1273773388
High-end dining
French
Bistro du Vin
Good value
Japanese
Moshimo
Good value
International
Choccywoccydoodah
High-end dining
British
Food for Friends
Good value
British
64 Degrees
High-end dining
British
Graze
High-end dining
Seafood
Riddle & Finns
High-end dining
British
The House
  • 37 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HL, UK
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00-18:00
  • 0044 1273321111
High-end dining
British
The House
  • 37 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HL, UK
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00-18:00
  • 0044 1273321111
Good value
International
Plateau
High-end dining
Seafood
Fishy Fishy Seafood Brasserie
  • 36 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HL, UK
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-23:00
  • 0044 1273723750
Good value
International
Terre a Terre
Good value
Indian
The Chili Pickle
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
Victoria's
Good value
European
Thewitchez
High-end dining
European
At Drakes
Good value
British
The Old Bank
High-end dining
European
24 St Georges
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