Brighton - London on Sea

Things to do in Brighton, Tourist Information and Pictures

Brighton is located on the south coast of England and is often referred to as London on the Sea! Brighton was known as Brighthelmstone in the ancient times and first settlements date back to 1086 A.D. Being a traditional British seaside town, Brighton gained its popularity as a health resort in the 18th century amongst visitors from London after the railway was established. There are over 400 pubs in Brighton offering a vibrant night life. Brighton Pier is also one of the top tourist attractions of Brighton with many fun rides and seaside arcades.

Places to visit in Brighton

Brighton Pier Entrance - Brighton England


Brighton Pier Tourist Information
The pier has seen millions of pounds in investments over the last decade to make it one of the top tourist attractions in the south of England. The pier features the Super Booster ride which is one of its kind in the UK which requires 4 brave hearted people to be lifted up to 38 metres above the sea to drop swinging freely at 60mph. The pier also features restaurants where during the summer many events are hosted in the restaurants garden with a spectacular view across Brighton.

Brighton pier also features two amusement arcades, The Palace of Fun and The Dome packed full with many games such as basket ball game, air hockey table and many more. The food court also offers Traditional British Fish & Chips, pizza, hot dogs and seems they have all that anyone might want!

View of Brighton Pier on a Sunny Day - Brighton England

Brighton Beach

Brighton BeachBrighton beach was voted one of the Top 10 destinations in the World! Overlooking the Brighton Pier, the Blue Flag pebble beach offers a fantastic seaside experience for visitors. The promenade comprises of trendy cafes and bars and there are numerous sailing activities and water sports in Brighton Beach itself. The beach also has a dedicated nudist area at eastern edge of the promenade.

Brighton Beach at Sunset - Brighton England

Eating out in Brighton – Restaurants and pubs

Brighton has a wide range of restaurants and pubs where you can plan a perfect meal for two, a family or a decent lunch with a beer. Brighton has been awarded Observer Food Awards on numerous occasions for its diverse range of restaurants and many places for food and drinks have scored greatly on the Food Hygiene Scheme.

There are plenty of bars and pubs in Brighton to keep you busy for the whole year round if anyone decided to visit a new pub every day of the year. The nightlife in Brighton can probably only be second to London in terms of the party atmosphere and happy go lucky crowds. The pubs are trendy with designer decorations and outstanding pub food combined with live music.

Brighton Festival

In May every year, Brighton hosts the second largest Art Festival in Britain which includes a Children’s Parade and outdoor events such as pyrotechnics. In venues throughout the city music events, visual arts and theatre shows take place.

Gay Pride and Brighton

Brighton is often referred to as the Gay capital of the south having a large LGBT community. There are plenty of shops, bars and clubs specifically aimed at the community and Gay Pride carnival is also hosted in Brighton in August every year attracting thousands from all over the world.

Travelling to Brighton

Getting to Brighton by Train:

There are frequent trains from London Waterloo which takes just over an hour with good connections from London Victoria, London Bridge and Gatwick Airport train stations as well.
For up to date travel information and planning a train journey visit National Rail website at

Getting to Brighton by Car:

Postcode for Brighton Pier: Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TW

Postcode for Brighton Beach: BN2 1PS

Brighton is approximately 55 miles and 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from London mainly on A23 and M23 motorway.

Getting to Brighton by Bus:

By bus, it takes approximately 2 hour 30 minutes from London Victoria, and the coach station in Brighton for National Express coaches is very close to Brighton Pier on Pool Valley Road. For coach fares and reservations you can visit National Express website at


Brighton Facts

Brighton Pier  – Built in 1899, 1760 feet long and required 85 miles of planking
Britain’s oldest electric railway – Volks Railway opened in 1883
Sea Life Centre in Brighton – Largest underwater viewing tunnel and oldest operational aquarium in the world
Number of pubs – over 400 pubs in Brighton
Large ‘Gay’ community – often referred to as gay capital of Britain
High number of media companies – often referred to as ‘Silicone Beach’

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