A Quick Guide to Brighton

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Brighton is England’s famous seaside city with in many ways more character than the capital, London, which is almost directly a one hour train north of Brighton. It is known worldwide for its’ seaside charm and large gay community. For more of what to see and do in Brighton, here’s our quick guide to Brighton!

Brighton UK

Population: 156,000+ (2011)
Known for: City by the Sea, Large & Welcoming Gay Community
Climate: Temperate – plenty of ocean breeze!

A Quick Guide to Brighton

Prior to Arrival

Before you get to Brighton all you really need to worry about is the weather! Being so close to the sea the winds are often in full force, but the city can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. You can either drive (two hours south from London) or take the train (one hour from London), with the latter being a more sensible option given the lack of on-street parking and typically expensive carparks.

On Arrival

To get your bearings in Brighton, often the first point of call for visitors will be the famous Brighton Pier – where you will find oodles of colour a flashing neon lights to put you in the fairground mood. There are also food stalls in abundance, selling everything and anything from fairy floss to salty hot chips! From there, just make your way through the laneways (South and then North) and you will already have a great feel for the city.

Getting Around & Getting By

Undoubtedly the best way to get around Brighton is on foot – so pack some comfy shoes and get walking! Everyone in Brighton is friendly, fun, and full of energy! Saturdays are the best day of the week to visit if you want to see, smell and experience all this city has to offer.

Where to Stay

While the accommodation market isn’t nearly as over saturated here as it is in London, there are still many great options on offer in Brighton. For my visit to Brighton, I chose to swap hotels for a more local experience and booked a Homestay in the small village of Streat, just outside of Brighton. This made for a great balance between busy Brighton and the English countryside lifestyle – the best of both worlds! Read more about the Homestay Experience here.

Brighton Komedia

What to See

The Brighton Pier is the main attraction for most, but there is still so much of Brighton to see beyond this! The laneways are full of lots of great British brands and some from abroad, while North Laine is where you will find more vintage shops and cute little boutiques. If you’re looking for something fun to do in the evening in Brighton, you can’t go past a night performance at Komedia comedy club! The Royal Pavilion is a great insight into the city and when/why it was created, as well as the Brighton Wheel if you’re looking for a view over the city. And last but not least, you can’t miss the beach (of stones not sand!)

Silo Cafe Brighton

What to Eat & Drink

If there’s one thing Brighton does well, it is food! There are so many choices that it can be a little overwhelming at first, so here are a few of my favourites to point you in the right direction…


Silo should be your first stop in Brighton as it has great healthy (but still hearty) breakfasts.

Terre à Terre

This is without shadow of a doubt Brighton’s best vegetarian restaurant. It is centrally located and mid-priced, making for a great evening out or casual lunch.

The Salt Room

Sophisticated. Refined. One of the fanciest eateries in town. The Salt Room specialises in meat and fish.

Burger Brothers

If budget IS in fact a consideration, grab a filling and yummy burger from Burger Brothers – great for a cheap night out!


With thanks to Homestay – “don’t just visit, live it”

Over to you! Where are your favourite places to eat, drink and play in Brighton?

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  • lizcpratt@gmail.com'
    November 8, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Very different from the beaches in Australia! Would still love to get there one day…

  • britt.jeffs@gmail.com'
    November 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I thought the one month I planned to spend travelling the UK including Scotland and Ireland was enough until you started bringing out all of these posts on beautiful places in the UK. Brighton isn’t even on my list for that month!

    Will definitely have to return in the future.

  • unelmatrippi@gmail.com'
    Jenni / Unelmatrippi
    November 5, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Nice post, useful tips! I’ve been to Brighton once but it was over 15 years ago (!), when I was a teenager. Basically all I remember is the cool pier with the rollercoaster etc. and the delicious fish & chips portions I tried while in the city – and that I liked Brighton very much. Maybe I’ll visit there again someday.

  • sophienadeau@hotmail.co.uk'
    October 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Nice post! I’ve never been to Brighton… but it’s on my list 🙂

  • awanderlustblog@outlook.com'
    gina rowland
    October 30, 2015 at 3:20 am

    LOVE brighton, i stayed at the artists residence, which was lush

    • Brooke Saward
      October 30, 2015 at 10:52 am

      It was pretty chilly but so nice and refreshing! 🙂

  • rissajayne@hotmail.com'
    October 30, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Havana’s is closed – has been for nearly a year now!

    24 St Georges and the Salt Rooms are the ones for fancy dinners now :0)

    • Brooke Saward
      October 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thanks for the update Maurice! Will fix this now 🙂

  • vankova.misa@gmail.com'
    October 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for your tips! I’m going to go there very soon.

    • Brooke Saward
      October 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Hope you enjoy Brighton! 🙂

  • byckova.m@seznam.cz'
    October 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I have been to Brighton a year ago and I enjoyed it so much! It is such a wonderful city that I loved it even more than London. Enjoy your stay there 🙂

  • rachmotormouth@hotmail.co.uk'
    October 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    This is such a great post, thank you! I am hoping to go back to Brighton next year and this will be very helpful. I’ve went to Terre à Terre on my last visit in 2012 and it was amazing so would love to go back there (and I’m not vegetarian!) Rachel x

    • Brooke Saward
      October 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Hope you enjoy Brighton the second time round! Its such a fun place 🙂 definitely go to a show at Komedia if you haven’t been – my trip highlight! xx

  • talia.davis@taliastravels.com'
    October 29, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I am actually in Brighton right now!!!! I would suggest staying in the YHA, even to book a private room – the location is optimum, and rooms are gorgeous! Can’t believe its a hostel!
    My favourite thing to see would have to be the sprawling vintage market which is hidden behind the shops on the pedestrian-only Kensington Gardens shopping street in the North Laines.
    Brighton also really knows how to do burgers, but the best place for them would have to be either Burgers and Cocktails or GBK (gourmet burger kitchen), also both to be found in the North Laines.
    In love with this place, really could live here, honestly!

  • anupcpo1@gmail.com'
    Skin Retouch
    October 29, 2015 at 6:31 am

    as a regular reader on your post you always share some innovative idea. Thanks for guide.