Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
As one of the United Kingdom's most famous beaches, Brighton Beach is busy all year round. Cool off in the nippy waters in the summer, or take a stroll along the pebbled shore on a chilly winter's afternoon. Kids and adults alike will love amusement rides at Palace Pier, while the futuristic i360 offers views from 450ft high. You can't go wrong tucking into classic British fish and chips, but there is an assortment of casual and contemporary dining options to choose from. Top it off with an ice cream cone from one of the colorful kiosks that line the shore. – Tripadvisor
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  • S4061YTcarmenl
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the pier, beach okay
    If you don’t like crowds, then avoid when it’s sunny. The walk from the train station is around 20mins, plenty of shops along the walking route to pick up snacks and lunch if you prefer to eat on the beach. There are also a lot of food outlets to sit down for lunch or dinner. The beach itself is just okay. It is pebbled/stoned so wear comfortable footwear. There are also some slopes on the beach so take your time walking down. Prices for the pier funfair are quite expensive. A days entry is £30, or you can pay per ride which is about £4. I would also say bring coins with you if you wish to visit the arcade, as the cash machines charge for withdrawal. Overall nice day out, but the beach is not the main attraction.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • JTJD
    United Kingdom1,042 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach…
    Huge shingle beach that is clean & well patrolled by staff on quad bikes + Lifeguards in the season. During our visit to Brighton it was too cold for laying on the beach or swimming but I’m sure given the weather it would be really nice. The beach did look to shelve steeply in parts so maybe not suitable for children.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Chascha Gölding
    Lowestoft, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clean and beautiful
    A clean beach with excellent views. Lots of space to sunbathe and swim in the sea. There are lots of attractions along the seafront and plenty of places to eat. Just a shame about the pebbles! Overall, it’s a classic place to go :)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Lala C
    Pilar, Argentina57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful city!!
    It’s a marvelous place to spend the day. 1.15 hours from London by train. Pintoresque, colorful, lovely colour of water. Beaches are not sand but big pebbles which makes it very special though not the greatest to lie on. Have been twice and would definitely repeat
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • br a
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brighton
    Brighton is feeling old and and tired. A lot of buildings are very grubby. Parking is very expensive and varies from one street to another in terms of timed restrictions. On one street I have to move the car at certain times of day which interrupts the whole day. Every town in Sussex seems to use a different parking app. I parked at ‘Brighton airport’ downloaded another app and paid. I still ended with a fine. I grew up here but won’t be back
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Varma R
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-visit
    Brighton is a wonderful place to visit with the beach and the shops. The seaside restaurants are very good and there are scores of shops catering for everyone. I highly recommend a day trip to Brighton form London or even a longer stay in Brighton
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Birdy
    Sheffield Green, United Kingdom24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brighton
    Beach front and pier as expected this time of yesr but off the beach we encountered quite a few beggars. It was upsetting to see so many homeless but a bit intimidating having numerous approach us for money. More so as it grew dark. Not really a place for a lone traveller.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Kellooo
    Eccleshall, United Kingdom138 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely busy
    So much going on here! Quieter by the water but absolutely no seating at all near the bars but as expected. Everyone seemed very pleasant and friendly which made for a nice atmosphere. The beach is huge but the part we experienced was near the old pier
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Sandra B
    Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just perfect for long walks
    We`ve booked a 2 night stay in late October and although it was quite cold and we`ve got caught in a shower, it is just the best, if you love the Seaside. It was just prefect for us as it wasnt crowded and we could go for long walks. We`ve had a lil stormy weather as well, which was fascinating with the big waves and everything. Worth going in autumn.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,761 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious Views
    Brighton Beach is on the south coast of England and it is easy to find if you are in the city. Just head South! The beach itself is very pebbly so walking on it is a challenge. Plus if you want to build a sandcastle you will be very disappointed! Close to the beach there are plenty of things to see. There are museums, the pier, art galleries, sculptures, shops, cafes and bars. It is nice to have a wander alongside the beach and take in all the different things going on. I happened to be on the beach at about Midday and the sun was shining brightly in the sky and there were some wonderful views across the seafront. Highly recommended on your visit to Brighton.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 3, 2024
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Stuart
Cardiff, UK12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This not just a review of the beach but of the city by of Brighton in whole,
I can’t get over how dirty and disgusting this city has become, I’ve visited this city for the past 27yrs and my last visit was pre COVID pandemic , you’d think that the city would be putting in an extra effort with safety and Hygein but instead I’ve found it to be the dirtiest I’ve ever known it. I know the waste collection people on strike but this isn’t the problem, yes there’s bins overflowing and black bags piled high around skips but it’s a deeper dirt ground in dirt, restaurants are grubby, bars are dirty and the streets are filthy, no one seems to wear masks in shops or hotels the staff are all mask free the crowds are huge with no social distancing no safety and I have never felt so unsafe. If the streets bars restaurants and facilities were clean or if there was hand sanitiser this would be a start.
From a safety point the bad street lighting, the gangs on street corners and the stink of marijuana everywhere is shocking, we came to Brighton looking to choose an area we would like to move to but have decided not to move to Brighton in fact we probably will never come back .
Shocked and can’t believe what’s happened to the city the council should be ashamed of itself
Written October 28, 2021
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Mel S
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Dirty, shabby, derelict, run-down and drab. That's just Brighton, unfortunately you have to pass through it to get to the beach. I used to be a regular visitor with friends until 2010, when I realised Bomber Command had less hostile reception over wartime Berlin than a motorist in Brighton. April 2021 and, against my better judgement, I was persuaded by the 'gang' to give the beach another go. Despite previous experiences, we vowed to keep an open mind. Eight of us tried our very best to find a few positives. The air was fresh and clear, We met several pleasant folk on our walk, some interesting remnants of old beach architecture, faded glory that must have been magnificent a century ago. Another thing we liked (and we were really struggling by then) was the enthusiasm of those bold enough to enjoy activities in the sea. We were careful to avoid quite a few 'Richard the Thirds' deposited on the pavement. Being of a generous disposition to those less fortunate than ourselves, we gave succour in the form of loose cash to the half dozen or so folk who approached us, having either lost their change or needed money for bus/train fares. Late afternoon we decided to compare notes. In summary we all agreed that Brighton and its beach have changed considerably since we last travelled down. For the worse. We would have liked to visit the open air seafront bars and eateries, but had spent so much on transport and parking we decided to depart early. I'm sorry to upset the die-hard Brighton fans, but here's our honest review. The best view of Brighton is in the rear view mirror going home.
Written April 27, 2021
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Nidgehammer
Stevenage, UK4,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
I’m not really a fan of beaches that are made up entirely of pebbles but Brighton is a different ball game from many others that do. The area west of the central pier has good restaurants, bars and arty shops and is a pleasure to walk along in good weather.

We ate in Riddle & Fins Beach restaurant (superb) and stopped for drinks and ice creams at other establishments, our grandchildren loved going up and down and we also ate lunch on the beach on a warm late autumn day.

I wouldn’t want to throw a towel down and lie on it (although I did when younger), still a great place to visit.
Written November 5, 2020
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aroamer2020
London, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We went there by train on a hot weekday and it was quite an experience. I was not sure what to expect but the fact that the trains, although delayed, were not crowded put me somewhat at ease. When we got to Brighton station, I was relieved to be walking among other people with kids in a kind of big human wave moving from the station along the main street all the way to the beach. It reminded me of walking to a U2 concert in Belgium many years ago along a path that led to the concert stadium. Busy but not threateningly so, with a crowd made up of quiet people on a mission, all walking in the same direction at a lively pace, all eager to get to their destination. The high street looked great under the sun, with lots of interesting shops and eateries along the way. When you first get to the beach from the station, there is a shop that sells beach goods, including water shoes. It is a good idea to get some if you don't have any with you, otherwise the shingle kills your feet every time you walk from your chosen spot on the beach to the water (and into the water) and back. Low tide is better for swimming barefoot, as a stretch of sand is exposed when the water recedes, so you can leave your shoes by the line where the shingle meets the exposed wet sand and walk onto the sand and into the water both shoe and pain free. It is also better for playing on the sand if you are with children. There are parasols and beach loungers for hire all along the beach, and there were some still available at the time we arrived at the beach (around midday). They made staying on the beach all day bearable, considering how hot it was. We left the beach for lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach front, went up the British Airways viewing tower after lunch and returned to our spot on the beach for afternoon play in the low tide. It was hard to head back before sunset, so happy were we playing on the beach. The atmosphere on the beach front was great, and the eateries we walked past looked very inviting, so we regretted not being able to stay. We walked back to the station along the same street we had walked in the morning on our way to the beach, only this time it was stained and grim-looking. Something like a Jekyll and Hyde place.
Written September 5, 2022
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Eat Stay Travel
London, UK475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Every time we go to Brighton, we are always so fortunate to encounter the most beautiful sunsets. It’s a place you enjoy all year round no matter the weather. Beautiful walks along the beach and the pier. So therapeutic
Written January 21, 2020
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rugbysimon
Marlow, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Brighton beach has developed massively over the last few years and I would have to say that it’s a brilliant place to have a long walk down by the seafront because regardless of what time of year you go there is so much to see. Even in the winter there are lots of small independent businesses selling all types of items, But be aware that in the summer it does get quite busy which in my opinion isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it creates a really good atmosphere. If you’re lucky enough to go at the right time of year you can see the starlings murmuration which is spectacular Occurrence. If you’re reading this review I don’t understand what that is I strongly recommend you look it up because it’s incredible to see
Written March 10, 2020
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Mins
Braybrooke, UK186 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Brighton Beach is a very long stone beach. It's lovely and beautiful with lots to do but a few things let it down.
There is an abundance of things to do on the beach. Aerobics, zip line, table tennis, basket ball, volleyball, paddle boarding, surfing. There was also a construction area where more activities were in the building stages. It has the wonderful pier (seperate review made for all the activities there).
The British Airways 360 sky ride.
There are lots of places to get food/drinks snacks from. A very very large preposition of the eateries are fish and chip shops but there is other things like noodles, rice and harvester etc available. There is also an abundance of ice cream stalls and shops selling the usual seaside things of buckets, spades, magnets, keyring etc.
It can be a real good fun day out if the weather is good. There was literally thousands of bins around so no rubbish anywhere. The city centre with its very large shopping area and many lovely eateries is just a stones throw away too. You can really pack an awful lot into 2 days at Brighton Beach.

What we thought let the beach down was that certain areas smelled badly of urine or rubbush, also every 30ft or so you would be walking through someones hash/weed cloud.
Compared to other beach resorts I also find Brighton to be very very expensive. £30 to park for the day.
£30 for 2x fish and chips and 2 drinks.
£10 for 2 ice creams. Just an example of some of the things we spent money on.

As nice as it was, I wouldn't return to Brighton unless someone asks me to go for an occasion.
Written July 18, 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We visited Brighton for a day out as the weather forecast was good and lockdown was lifting! ☀️
We had such a lovely day. We walked from the train station to the beach, which is about fifteen minutes of shops, bars and restaurants. It was very busy and lovely to be free again after the pandemic.
We walked along the beach 🏖 front and stopped a couple of times for a drink. It was clean and bright and we loved the beach huts, many of which were being used.
We laughed at the seagulls, one of whom pinched my sons sandwich 🤣
There is loads to do on the sea front, play areas for kids, picnic areas, the pier, the beach, shops, bars, restaurant and the tower.
Looking out over the sea you can see for miles and see a wind farm which is surreal.
We had a lovely day. Give it a go 💖
Written June 5, 2021
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S4061YTcarmenl
London2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you don’t like crowds, then avoid when it’s sunny. The walk from the train station is around 20mins, plenty of shops along the walking route to pick up snacks and lunch if you prefer to eat on the beach. There are also a lot of food outlets to sit down for lunch or dinner. The beach itself is just okay. It is pebbled/stoned so wear comfortable footwear. There are also some slopes on the beach so take your time walking down. Prices for the pier funfair are quite expensive. A days entry is £30, or you can pay per ride which is about £4. I would also say bring coins with you if you wish to visit the arcade, as the cash machines charge for withdrawal. Overall nice day out, but the beach is not the main attraction.
Written May 20, 2023
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SeanDeverson
Ipswich, UK43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Nice beach with good bars, restaurants and toilets etc. But be very very careful when eating on or near the beach as the seagulls are the most vicious we’ve ever experienced. We had chips taken out of our hands and saw one family attacked while eating lunch at one of the restaurant tables. Other than that a lovely beach!
Written July 18, 2020
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