Introducing the city

Gasoline £1.18

One-way ticket £2.50

Beer £4.00

Main Course £12.00

About Brighton

Affectionately dubbed 'London by the Sea', Brighton is famous for its pier and stony beaches, whilst its distinctive bohemian buzz attracts avant-garde personalities from across the world.

London may be the UK’s exciting capital, but Brighton is without a doubt its cooler cousin.

From the dilapidated pier and shabby seafront, to the hipster shops and pop-up culture vibe – Brighton is the James Dean of coastal cities.

The massive student population helps, of course, as does the fact that it’s less than an hour by train from the centre of London. The city's famous eccentricity (it elected the only Green MP in the UK) is best represented by the delightfully bonkers architecture of Brighton Pavilion while quirky types feel right at home around The Lanes.

Oh, and did we mention that Fatboy Slim lives here? If that’s not cool, then we don’t know what is.

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When Should You Visit?

There’s never a bad time to visit Brighton, as there’s always a parade, fireworks display, exhibition, concert, market or fringe show just around the corner. The summer brings the sunshine and the holiday crowds whilst winter marks the perfect time for a shopping spree.

We’re particular fans of the city in Autumn, when the crowds die down slightly and superb sunsets round off each evening in style.

The city can be prone to biting winds from the sea, but overall, the weather is largely dry and bright. July is the hottest month in Brighton, with an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius, whilst the coldest is January at 5 degrees Celsius. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 17 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Shopping
Hot chocolate
Devil’s Dyke

Insider Info

  • Take a snoop around one of Brighton’s quirkiest shops, Snooper’s paradise - a cross between a charity shop, a vintage store and an antiques den.

  • Grab a luxurious hot chocolate at Choccywoccydoodah, the city’s favourite spot for a decadent pick-me-up.

  • Jump on a bus to Devil’s Dyke, where you can marvel at the 100-metre-deep valley and enjoy incredible views across the South Downs.

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Food and drink

Main Course £12.00

3-Course Meal £50.00

Cappuccino £2.43

Beer £4.00

The Scene

From veggie treats and beachfront brunches to fine dining and more budget-friendly options, Brighton is absolutely bursting at the seams with every type of international cuisine on the menu.

There are more than 500 restaurants and cafes to visit, big London chefs are moving into the area and national critics are taking note.

The UK’s first no-waste restaurant, Silo, finds it home in Brighton and is well worth a visit, milling its own flour, churning its own butter and composting around 60 kilograms of food scraps every day in its rustic North Laine premises.

Pick up a gourmet burger at MEATLiquor, discover Polish cuisine at WitchEZ or have your food crafted meticulously in front of you at 64 Degrees.

There is undoubtedly something for all tastes, reaching far beyond the traditional fish and chips you can pick up on the beach.

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History

Brighton’s Story

Before the 1700s, Brighton was simply a sleepy little fishing town on the south coast of the United Kingdom. But as popularity of the medicinal use of seawater developed, as well as the arrival of the Prince Regent (who went on to become George IV); Brighton quickly became the most fashionable resort in Britain.

Shortly after the Prince Regent’s arrival, the Theatre Royal opened, followed by the Brighton Dome and St Anne’s Well Spa. The famous Indian-inspired Royal Pavilion was built as his Royal palace.

As the 1800s continued, Brighton developed into a place of strength, solidified by the creation of the London to Brighton railway and the building of the Palace Pier.

In more recent times, the city has been known for the famous Quadrophenia Battle of 1964 – when two rival youth cultures, “the mods” and the “rockers” brought chaos to the town. And in 1997, Brighton and nearby Hove merged into the place we know it as today – "Brighton & Hove".

Language

English

English is the dominant language in Brighton, though being a multicultural and student city, you can expect to hear a variety of languages across your stay.

Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Brighton is just 49 minutes by train from the centre of London, boasting excellent transport links both within the city and further afield.
  • All the main London airports are within easy reach of the city, with London Gatwick only a 30 minute journey by train.
  • Buses and on foot are the best ways to explore the city, so it is advisable to bring a decent pair of walking shoes.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Lanes

Do some window shopping (or even actual shopping) along the lively North Laine and The Lanes. They’re positively stuffed with hidden gems to explore.

2. Brighton Pier

Enjoy the amusements offered on Brighton Pier and be sure to get a picture or two of the neighbouring and beautiful ruined foundations of the Old Pier.

3. The Royal Pavilion

Check out the intriguing architecture of the Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, which was built as a seaside retreat for the Prince Regent in 1811.

4. Bighton Museum

Indulge your inner culture vulture, and learn about the city’s fascinating history at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

5. People Watch

Take a break from it all and people watch on the beach. And for an added treat, grab some fish and chips or an ice cream to enjoy on the pebbles.


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