Visit Brighton - Best of Brighton

Brighton /ˈbraɪtən/ is a seaside resort town and the largest settlement within the City of Brighton and Hove, situated in East Sussex, England. Historically in the Rape of Lewes in Sussex, Brighton forms a part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation. Brighton is at the heart of the Greater Brighton City Region, a partnership of local authorities and other organisations that signifies Brighton's wider regional economic significance. Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" was documented in the Domesday Book (1086). The town's importance grew during the Middle Ages as the Old Town developed, but it languished in the early modern period, affected by foreign attacks, storms, a suffering economy and a declining population. During the modern period, Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France. The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses. In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent (later King George IV), who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion during the early part of his Regency. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Many of the major attractions were built during the Victorian era, including the Grand Hotel, the West Pier, and the Brighton Palace Pier. The town continued to grow into the 20th century, expanding to incorporate more areas into the town's boundaries before joining the town of Hove to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove in 1997, which was granted city status in 2000. Brighton's location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene and its large LGBT population, leading to its reverence as the "gay capital of the UK". Brighton attracts over 8.5 million visitors annually and is the most popular seaside destination in the UK for overseas tourists. Brighton has also been called the UK's "hippest city", and "the happiest place to live in the UK".


Located on the south coast of England, this seaside resort and the lovely city is famous for its Asian architecture and liberal atmosphere. Previously, it was a little village called Brighthelmstone but later when a doctor named Dr Richard Russell came here to set up his health care centre, it started drawing more visitors. Today, it is so popular that many call it "London-by-the-Sea", given its close proximity to London. Those who wish to get away from it all come here for its music as the city has a similar yet calmer vibe to London. It is also famous as the gay capital of Britain.There are various attractions to see and do here including The Palace Pier, The Lanes, and The Old Steine. Nature enthusiasts can go to the Brighton Beach to enjoy its surrounding or take a walk in the Sea Life Centre. Museums and art galleries like Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and The Booth Museum of Natural History are great places to visit too.

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    Small Group bus tour visiting the best sights in Sussex combined with local food and drink locations.  You will visit th...

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  • Brighton Bike Tours
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    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

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  • Save 9% Summer Evening White Cliffs Tour of the 'Seven Sisters'
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    Duration: 3 Hrs 15 Mins

    The white cliffs of the 'Seven Sisters' are one of the most iconic coastal scenes in the United Kingdom, join us on this summ...

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  • Save 7% Indoor Rock Climbing Experience in Brighton
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Facts and Stats for Brighton*

  • Pollution Statistics in Brighton

    Know the pollution level of Brighton before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.9 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 36.67 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.57 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.38 (Very Low)
  • Brighton: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Brighton for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Brighton.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.06 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.47 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.03 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 23.48 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.82 (Low)
    • Attacks 34.09 (Low)
    • Drug offense 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 89.39 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 69.85 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.94 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40.63 (Moderate)
  • Living in Brighton - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Brighton is 173.13 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 67.27 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.65 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.04 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.8 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.63 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 63.12 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.48 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 86.27 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Brighton

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Brighton

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.89 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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