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Welcome to Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove

The city of Brighton and Hove is one of England's most exciting seaside destinations. Renowned for its cosmopolitan characters, diverse (and sometimes dizzying) entertainment venues and unsurpassed nightlife, local and international tourists flock to this city every chance they get, be it for a long weekend or a summer vacation and Brighton is one of the most popular day trips from London. Brighton and Hove's modern atmosphere is strongly contrasted by some of its older Regency and Victorian architecture; the charming village lanes are home to numerous cafés, antique shops and jewellery stores, while not far away the Palace Pier stretches out over the lapping waves of the sea, the lights and music from its funfair and amusement arcades luring vast, raucous crowds. During the summer, the pebbled Brighton Beach (surprisingly comfortable!) and its waterfront bars and clubs become a vibrant 'anything goes' zone, with locals and vacationers alike throwing all caution to the wind and revelling in the laid-back, summery atmosphere.

Information & Facts


The weather in Brighton and Hove is quite unpredictable but generally winters are cold and wet, and summers are comfortably warm with frequent showers. July and August are the warmest months, while January and February are the coldest. However, temperatures do not usually drop below 32°F (0°C) in winter. The best times to visit Brighton are spring (May and June) and autumn (September and October).

Getting Around

Brighton and Hove has excellent rail connections from all over the country; taking the train there from London Waterloo takes about an hour. There is an excellent network of frequent bus services for getting around the city, and taxis are also available 24 hours a day. Cycle lanes throughout Brighton and Hove make cycling a quick and safe travel option. The Brighton and Shoreham airports make the city easily accessible.

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.


Nightlife in Brighton and Hove is exceptional! This exciting seaside escape, only an hour from London, is a vibrant social hub year-round. With plenty of great restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, the party just keeps on rolling. During the day, and for a great 'sundowner', head straight for Gemini Lounge and Beach Bar in the waterfront's Kings Road Arches; the laid-back and very popular Gemini's is an excellent spot to kick things off. Another early evening must is Ali-Cats, an underground bar on East Street, which shows free classic and indie-type movies on projector screens from just before 6pm. The Hanover area has a great selection of pubs. Back in the Arches, the Honey Club is a cool late night venue, but not as cool as the Beach Club which has a more relaxed vibe. Both feature international and house DJs mixing everything from 70s funk to present day club anthems. So, put those party shoes on and head into Brighton for the time of your life!


Mention shopping in Brighton and the first thing that springs to mind is 'The Lanes!' And for good reason - the Lanes have been operational in Brighton since the 17th century and today host an assortment of boutiques, antique shops, jewellers and book stores, as well as a few cafés and pubs. Here visitors can find anything from kites, tribal textiles and hand-made crafts to vintage shoes or funky fashion accessories. On East Street, near the end of the Lanes, top-end retailers such as Jigsaw and French Connection can be found trading popular, brand name clothing and accessories. In the centre of town, the Churchill Square Shopping Centre offers a selection of more affordable, high-street outlets such as H&M. There are also various clothing, sports and home-ware shops to enjoy along North Street and Dyke Road. The beachfront's Kings Road Arches are home to a selection of shops and galleries featuring original painting and sculptures produced by talented local artists, and North Laine has a huge collection of record shops. For more arts, crafts and collectables visit the Snoopers Paradise flea market in the North Laine, or the market held at Brighton train station each Sunday morning.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Brighton is unquestionably England's most spectacular seaside resort town. Made popular in the 18th century, when the Prince Regent (later King George IV) chose it as the site for his holiday palace, the bizarre and fantastic onion-shaped Brighton Pavilion, it is still famous for its frivolous entertainment venues and enviable nightlife. An eclectic combination of Regency and Victorian architecture gives Brighton a unique air, with winding village lanes crammed with antique and jewellery shops and its flamboyant East Pier stretching out over the sea sparkling with thousands of lights from its funfair and amusement arcades.

As you walk on to the Palace Pier you are overwhelmed by the sound of repetitive arcade music and the inviting scent of popcorn or fried fish. A row of stalls selling fast-food, toys and souvenirs leads visitors towards the arcade, which is filled with an assortment of gaming machines and a couple more eateries. This opens out onto the funfair section at the end of the pier, where a number of rides attract quite a crowd!

The interior of the Royal Pavilion is extraordinary in its combination of exotic Asian and 'oh-so-British!' design; classic furnishings belonging to Queen Elizabeth II stand beside fierce gilded dragons and imitation bamboo staircases, and impressive sites include the Music Room and the Great Kitchen. The gardens are reminiscent of revolutionary 1730s landscaping, with curving paths between natural groups of trees and beautiful views.

The historic Brighton Lanes host a variety of quaint and quirky shops, with everything from antiques and jewellery to fortune telling on offer. Wander lazily through the winding streets and relax at one of the numerous cafés while enjoying a cappuccino and a live jazz performance. By night this quarter takes on a more ghoulish character and ghost walks are offered for the brave... with drinks at the haunted pub for survivors!

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