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Brighton Guide

So you’ve decided on Brighton? Fantastic! Here are some handy tips and tricks to help you get there and for when you get there.

Getting There

By Car

The M23 heads straight to Brighton and you’ll find it off junction 7 on the M25. If you can persuade a couple of your friends to drive, there’s plenty of parking outside our accommodation options so your motor will be safe and free to park up.


It only takes around an hour for the direct train to travel from London Victoria and you’ll end up at Brighton Station – the Gatwick Express service runs every 15 minutes at the most popular times too. Services from all around the country are easy to sort too.


Brighton is a really popular tourist destination, so you should find it really easy to book up national coach services to this seafront resort. Coaches are cheap, easy and work well for big groups too!  

Entertainment Venues

Brighton Centre

This huge conference and exhibition centre might not be much of a looker but it is home to some of the best shows, comedy and music performances in the south of England. Rizzle Kicks, Russell Howard, Lee Evans and the X Factor tour are amongst the fantastic upcoming shows.

Brighton Dome

Another great place to catch a show, this venue is set in the beautiful Royal Pavilion and attracts everything from big comedians like Jimmy Carr and Jason Byrne to contemporary dance acts and experiemental theatre. If you’re looking for a taste of something cultural and different that really encapsulates the spirit of colourful Brighton, the Dome is the destination for you.

Duke of York’s Cinema

Located on Beaconsfield Road, this cute, independent cinema is a great alternative to watching the latest releases in chain venues. It even has a bar on site so that you can enjoy a glass or wine or two with a film! Lovely.

Theatre Royal

Another big performance venue in Brighton, the Theatre Royal shows some of the biggest and best shows which come to the city. As well as ex-west end shows like Happy Days and That’ll be the Day, see fantastic plays, tribute acts and comedians like Hugh Dennis and Stephen K Amos.  

Top of the Shops

Brighton is a great place to shop and this quirky city certainly isn’t short on wonderful independent stores which you can only visit here! Check out our top picks.


A fan of the onesie? This Brighton store is dedicated to the Japanese version of an all-in-one. Known as a kigurumi, these animal, monster and cartoon character inspired suits mean that you can play fancy dress every day! There are even Disney princess kigus…


This iconic homewares shop sells some seriously cool stuff for you to decorate your pad with, as well as fashionable slogan tees. Whether you’re shopping for the kitchen, living room or your wardrobe, make like the city’s celebs and deck it out in Junkfunk!


Established in 1988, this shop sells some seriously on trend designer togs. Even though you might just be window shopping in Mottoo, it’s well worth a look in.


Billed as a Mecca for people who worship beautiful things, this shop in Brighton sells seriously quirky things to wear, decorate your home with and dress up in. Never wear the same outfit as your friend again!      

Because the best things in life are free…

We’re always trying to save you money, so what could be better than some 100% free stuff to try out on your weekend in Brighton?

Autograph Hunting

Now we’re not suggesting that you take up stalking for the weekend or battle with the paparazzi for that perfect shot but Brighton is well known for its high concentration of famous people. Whether you catch Fatboy Slim picking up some frozen peas in Iceland, David Van Day putting out the wheelie bin or Peter Andre taking the kids to playgroup, a celebrity sighting is sure to give your hen weekend that glamorous edge!     

Chow Down

The Foodie Festival takes place in early May and is home to many, many free samples as is the Fiery Food Festival in Victoria Gardens in September.

Health Kick

Whether you’re battling a hangover or just want to look your very best for the wedding, the salty sea air which blusters across the Brighton sands is said to be excellent for the health. A bracing walk over the beach should work wonders for your complexion. Apparently.

The Pier

Although there’s plenty to tempt your purse when you’re on the pier, entry is completely free so you can enjoy the fresh air and the view even if the kitty’s run a little dry.

Movie Map

The little city of Brighton and Hove is well known for its prolific showbiz career, can follow along and re-enact some on your favourite film scenes. 

FCO travel advice

Travel Safety & Information

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