Why we LOVE Brighton
Welcome To Brighton & Hove!
With easy access to urban life, coast and countryside, Brighton & Hove offers inspiration, for adventure and relaxation, in equal measure.
The city is known as a welcoming, friendly place and often people who come as students end up staying long after their course has finished, many even choosing to make it their permanent home. There is an existing cosmopolitan café culture and a bohemian spirit that seeps from the beachfront promenade back to grand Regency crescents, through city parks and into the stunning countryside of the Sussex Downs. It’s said that the colours are brighter in Brighton and the people are more tolerant, creative and laid back.
The city streets are awash with quality restaurants and eclectic art galleries and The Lanes and North Laine area boasts over 500 independent shops selling everything from bonsai to bongos, designer homeware and vintage fashion; all within a half mile radius.
Credit: Adam Bronkhurst
The beach makes for a great meeting point and inspires summer barbeques and sea swims when the sun shines. For sporting sorts the long stretch of flat, smooth pathway running along the seafront from the Marina to Hove lends itself to rollerblading, cycling, jogging, and - if you’re skilled in pedestrian dodging - skateboarding. Along the promenade, you can play petanque, mini golf, basketball and beach volleyball or take to the sea for kayaking paddle boarding and kitesurfing.
Spectator sports and events are in abundance in Brighton. Enjoy a day at Brighton Races with magnificent views of the sea; watch greyhound racing in Hove or relax in a deck chair at the Sussex County Cricket Club. There are also London to Brighton car runs and bike rides, waterfront festivals, films on the beach, pop concerts in the parks, circuses, fun fairs, and food markets.
For retro fun, take a carousel ride on the seafront before hitting the rollercoaster rides and arcades on Brighton Pier. Enjoy fish and chips, popcorn and candy floss and take in the sights at the locations from which cult film classic ‘Brighton Rock’ was filmed.
A ride on Brighton’s latest attraction, the BA i360, will give you a bird’s eye view of the city as well as 360-degree views of up to 26 miles of surrounding coast and countryside. The 162-metre high structure, conceived and designed by the London Eye architects, Marks Barfield is the world’s first vertical cable car.
i360 Lift-Off from British Airways i360