40 Reasons Why Brighton Is Fabulous!
Pubs - This is definitely more of a pub town, with well over 400 within the city limits! Find out which ones are hot so you can avoid what's not. Read more...
ABBA - The Swedish superstars launched their career here in 1974 by winning that years Eurovision song contest (held at Brighton Dome) with the instant classic Waterloo.
Nature girls - Brighton was also the first seaside location in Britain to open a naturist beach in 1979, who needs a bikini anyway?!?
Haunted Brighton - Widely considered to be the second most haunted city in Britain, Brighton has it's fair share of spectral residents including 'The Blue Nun', 'The Hangman' and the terrifying 'Angry Mick'.
Ghost Tour - Does your bride-to-be harbour a morbid curiosity of all things ghostly and ghoulish? Our Ghost Tours will make for a thrilling evening. See more, if you dare...
The Haunt - The Haunt is a converted cinema and possibly the funkiest venue we've ever seen! Live gigs and superb club nights. And as far we know it's not haunted... or is it?
Bankers - Now you can't head off on a Brighton hen do without enjoying the traditional seaside meal of fish n' chips! Bankers does the best in town, don't be afraid to ask for extra chips.
Vintage Makeover - You can get a real vintage seaside makeover and then capture it all on film with a professional photographer. Our Vintage Makeover is one of our most popular activities. Read more...
Kissing Cops - The famous Banksy work was done in Brighton, and it's well worth tracking down the original to Instagram on your Brighton hen weekend!
Gay Capital - Brighton's status as the gay capital of Europe tells you a lot about this trendy and culturally diverse town. This really is one of the UK's best hen do destinations.
Scoop and Crumb - Brighton, summer, ice cream... you can't think of Brighton without picturing a cold ice cream on a hot day and some of the best in town can be found at Scoop and Crumb.
Zoe Ball - We LOVE Zoe Ball! A top chick who really knows how to party, which is probably one of the reasons she and hubby Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) set up home here.
Zoe Sugg - There's another new Zoe in town. YouTube sensation Zoella splashed out a reported £1,000,000 on a dream mansion in the 'city by the sea'.
Shooshh - When it comes to good times in Brighton, Shooshh should sell tickets... Well it does, what we mean is for a fantastic night out, amazing tunes and cocktails that are just far too drinkable, you can't bit a bit of Shooshh.
Coyote Ugly - Ever wanted to bump and grind like the stars of Coyote Ugly? Well now you can with this truly unique dance experience! See more...
May the force be with you - According to a census in 2001, Brighton has more Jedi's than any other city in the UK. 'The force is strong with this one!'
8,000,000 - That's how many tourists flock to Brighton every year for fun and frolics by the seaside. It's thought that they spend around £400m in the town alone!
Noel Gallagher - One half of Oasis, now working on his own project, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds, this amazing songwriter spends his off-days in his spectacular Brighton residence.
Kate Blanchett - This beautiful actress is elegant, graceful and completely the envy of our eyes. She's enjoyed star turns in Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and Robin Hood.
Aquarium - See the world's most beautiful sea life in the spectacular surroundings of the world's oldest aquarium. You can also experience a shark walk-though (cue cellos “Duh-du... Duh-du, du-du-du-du-du...”) although it's had a few modern updates since it was first opened!
Taking Flight - The first ever commercial flight left from Shoreham Airport and landed on Hove Lawns with a cargo-load of lightbulbs in 1910.
The Gingerman - The Gingerman is fast becoming one of our favourite Brighton restaurants for its delicious braised beef and amazing panacotta desserts and its definitely worth a visit.
Brighton Marina - Big, blue and beautiful, Brighton's Marina is the largest man made one of its kind in Europe, covering a massive 127 acres of space!
Casino - Brighton is home to Britain's first on-land casino, making this the perfect location to put on your poker faces and make a few cheeky bets! See more...
Unwanted admirers - Fact or Urban Myth? In WWII the German's were not supposed to bomb Brighton because Hitler wanted the Royal Pavilion as his seaside home.
Volks Club - The home of Brighton's thriving underground scene, a night spent in Volks Club is a night full of fun, frolics and non-stop dancing fun! See more...
370 Billion - That's the total number of pebbles along the 5 miles of beach. Whoever counted them all seriously needs a better hobby!
Foodie capital - Brighton has been voted as the foodie capital of Britain, and is home to some succulently spectacular food festivals.
Brighton Pier - You simply can't visit Brighton and not visit the pier, in fact we're fairly sure it's illegal. At GoHen we're huge fans and eating fish and chips on Brighton Pier, it's one of life's great joys.
60,000 - There are 60,000 light bulbs on Brighton Pier, so it actually looks even funkier at night.
Copycats - Brighton isn't alone, apparently, over 50% of American states have at least one place going by the name of Brighton. Imposters! We should call the fuzz immediately!
Happiness - Brighton & Hove was voted as the third happiest city in the whole of the UK, only being beaten by Edinburgh and Sheffield.
Laughter Yoga - There's no happier morning activity than a lively yoga session where the emphasis is on good times and joyous vibes! See more...
Winston Churchill - One of the nation's most revered political figures spent a significant period of his life in Brighton, attending Thompson's Prep School in 1883.
Old flicks - The Duke of York's Cinema is the oldest operating picture house in the country, it first opened in 1910!
Royal Pavilion - This beautiful palace was the seaside home of Prince George (before he became King George IV). His own little party pad just a pebbles throw from the beach. We bet he did a mean BBQ.
Terre à Terre - Terre à Terre is a massive favourite with foodie locals and guess what, you won't even have to convince the bride-to-be to drop any wedding-dress friendly diets because it's menu is meat-free and really healthy.
Coalition - This club is absolutely brilliant, with a diehard crowd of bright young things gracing the dance floor every weekend; Coalition is definitely in the mix for the title of Brighton's best night out.
Chocolate Making - Handmade chocolate is guilt-free chocolate. Don't believe us? Try it for yourselves! See more...
The Cocktail Shack - The Shack is a bijou and brilliant cocktail bar, filled with alcoholic treats and tasty dishes to keep your Brighton belles fed and fabulously watered!
Love Brighton - Find the latest Brighton events and special offers.
Brighton Source - The best way to stay in the know when it comes to going out on the town.
Brighton Fashion Week - Top style tips from one of the trendiest places in the UK.
Brightons Finest - Music news and all the top local gigs.
- 1. Brighton's lively beach, lined with bars and restaurants
- 2. The Lanes, with a labyrinth of quaint shops and hidden gems
- 3. The Royal Pavilion, for exploring and relaxing in
- 4. A vibrant music scene with a weighty CV of big musicians
- 5. Unique and quirky eateries with innovative, mouth-watering treats
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It's time for a hen weekend in Brighton!
Brighton hen weekends are one of the most popular pre-wedding choices in the UK; this Bohemian magnet of the South East accommodates hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Brighton is also known as "London by the sea" and in terms of partying it's livelier than a WAG's credit card! Not least because the range of activities and entertainment is nothing short of inspiring, in terms of pleasing the girls, Brighton comes close to the very top!
Why choose Brighton?
Brighton is richly served by both land and sea, and is a buzzing hotbed of fun and fancy, making it perfect for partying! 8 million visitors a year can't be wrong. It's one of the title contenders for the UK's best party scene, so for a hen party it really elevates things to another level. As well as a fantastic range of activities, both on land and out on the water, there's the legendary nightlife, and enough local entertainment to keep any visitor busy! It's also home to interesting and quirky sites like the famous Brighton Pier, as well as the inviting seafront. And with a collection of trendy shops, top restaurants, cool bars and charismatic pubs, we don't think it's an exaggeration to say that a Brighton hen party is one of a kind!
What should you do in Brighton?
You're really spoilt for choice in Brighton - we've got over 60 activities to choose from, including top hen party favourites like chick flicks and cocktails, dirty dancing, pampering or chocolate making! We think that some of the best activities take full advantage of the incredible Brighton coastline. Why not brave the high seas with wakeboarding, zap kats or a banana boat? You can even keep the theme in to the night with a cheeky booze cruise! It's a great way to get all the girls up and going in the morning - nothing like a dip in the British seas to get the blood pounding! And it leaves you plenty of time for a Jamie Oliver cookery class over lunch once you've dried off, as well as a trip to Brighton Beach, or the iconic Royal Pavilion. When it comes to nightlife, Brighton is no damp fish, with some of the most varied and entertaining nightlife in the UK. There are fantastic bars, pubs and restaurants, and opportunities for some serious clubbing! Why not see our hen night ideas for some inspiration to get you started?
Stay: Choosing your Brighton accommodation
One of the most important factors when booking your hen weekend in Brighton is getting the accommodation right and due to its unwavering popularity that's not always as easy as it sounds, especially in high season or at late notice. Budget aside you want a well located, quality base for you and the girls to head back to after a big night out. We have a great range of tried and tested options in and around the city centre and further out as required... We've been delivering weekends and groups into Brighton since 2002 so you can rest assured we've found the best, group-friendly options, from cost-effective hostels to hotels to self catering apartments to Brighton's only 5 star hotel if you really feel like pushing the boat out. See more here.
How: Getting to Brighton?
Since it's just south of London, getting in to Brighton is a cinch. Trains run from London stations frequently, as well as from stations like Portsmouth in the west. Coaches take longer than the train, but are often cheaper, and good options for groups. Lines run from a few different cities around South England, but primarily London. Driving in Brighton isn't the easiest, especially when tourist season hits in the summer, but if you do choose to risk it, the A23 runs right through the city.
Shop: Brighton shopping areas & recommendations
From the shopping paradise of The Lanes to the quirky shops of Hove and the antique shops in the North Laine, there's a fantastic shopping scene in Brighton. Buy designer bits from Churchill Square or mix shopping and relaxation at Brighton Marina. Soak up some sun with summer shopping, or take the chill out of winter, whenever you're heading on your Brighton hen weekend there's more than enough inspiration for a successful shopping spree. Make sure you don't miss the Artists Quarter on the seafront for one-of-a-kind finds, and when your feet are tired and your bags are weighing you down check in for a pampering day or unwinding wine tasting session. Whether you're after high end fashion, markets or handmade pieces, Brighton's a place that offers plenty of retail therapy.
When: The best times to visit Brighton
Summer is great for obvious reasons - there's a great range of water sports in the city, as well as important lounging on the beach to do! However, if you do miss the summer rush of tourists, Brighton is still home to a prolific range of annual events to keep you entertained. Travel down in February to cheer on the Brighton and Hove Half Marathon, or for something a bit tastier in March there's the Chocolate Festival - ideal for pairing with our chocolate making activity! In March there's also the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, so bring your appetite! In April there's the full Brighton Marathon, then in May there's the Great Escape Music Festival to enjoy. In June you'll find the Take Part Festival, or in July you could check out the Windy Kite Festival. September offers the Fiery Foods Chilli Festival, and Shakedown, and over winter the Burning the Clocks is a historic lantern parade through the city centre.
Because the city is enormously popular year round if you want to ensure availability and an exciting itinerary don't leave the planning too late. Our strong recommendation for any Brighton hen do is to talk to us. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, GoHen's ready to help.
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