Brighton on the South coast is one of England’s most popular cities. Vibrant, fun and colourful, its buzzing city-by-the-sea vibe attracts around 8 million visitors a year who come in search of a modern British seaside holiday experience.
The city has been a popular tourist destination since the late 1700s when the Prince Regent (later King George IV) chose Brighton as the location for the Indian-inspired Royal Pavilion. The city’s past is evident in its more traditional architecture which is characterised by Regency squares, Georgian terraces and Victorian buildings and landmarks such as the iconic Brighton Pier.
West Pier is another of Brighton’s iconic sites but despite its sadly now decrepit state, it still attracts large numbers of visitors especially in winter when up to 40,000 starlings can be seen performing their breath-taking aerial displays each night.
In the mile between the Royal Pavilion and Brighton railway station is the North Laine area which is home to around 35 cafes, 20 pubs, 4 theatres and 300 shops − most of which are independent traders offering a truly bohemian shopping experience. The twisting maze of alleyways known as The Lanes also offers a unique mix of quirky and funky shopping, and it is a great place to spend an afternoon of browsing.
Brighton’s vibrant nightlife attracts holidaymakers and students from all over the UK and further afield. It is also a great place to eat regardless of whether you want pub grub, haute cuisine, al fresco dining with a sea view, celebrity fare endorsed by the likes of Jamie Oliver and Fatboy Slim, or just good old fish and chips.
Brighton has a reputation for being a diverse and liberal place, and this is in no small part due to the fact that the city is home to one of Britain’s largest LGBT communities. To the east of the city centre, lies Kemptown where there is a thriving ‘gay quarter’ and August sees Preston Park play host to the annual Gay Pride event − a celebration of the city and its diversity which attracts thousands of visitors.
Brighton offers a wealth of great holiday rentals from seaside B&Bs and trendy boutique hotels to self catering apartments and hotels.
Whether you’re looking for luxury accommodation, a room with a view or a great choice of mid priced and budget options, Brighton has it all.