Brighton at a glance
- Brighton is bursting with attractions: an outlandish Royal Palace, interesting museums, a beautiful beach, Brighton University, superb shopping and late-night pubs and clubs.
- Stretching out into the sea is the iconic, neon-lit Brighton Pier. Expect amusements, rides and invigorating ocean views.
- In the heart of the city, you’ll find an extravagant pleasure palace fit for a king. Brighton Pavilion was built for King George IV, who had architect John Nash reimagine it into the domed Indian style palace you can see today.
- Brighton’s colourful network of shopping streets known as The Lanes are awash with vintage gear, antiques and quaint cafes.
- Did you know? Brighton is a great base for exploring the South Downs National Park, home to the dramatic Seven Sisters cliffs and some of southern England’s most charming villages.
- Visit Brighton has lots of great information to help you plan your trip.
- Brighton is less than 1 hour from London by train.
Things to do in Brighton
Where is Brighton?
Nestled on the coast of East Sussex, Brighton it located around an hour from central London by train. London Gatwick is the nearest airport, with direct trains taking just 30 minutes to the seaside hot spot.
Getting around Brighton
With regular trains from London, Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as the Eurostar from King’s Cross St Pancras, it’s quick and easy to get to Brighton from destinations across the south east, while its compact size make it easy to explore by foot, bike or bus once there.
- Stretch your legs and breathe in the salty sea air as you explore Brighton by foot, the cheapest, easiest and most enjoyable way to get around
- Brighton & Hove’s award-winning buses are regular, cost-effective and eco-friendly, making them the ideal way to journey further afield
- Part of the National Cycle Network, Brighton is a delight when explored by bike