Brighton is a popular seaside resort in the South of England, shining with diversity and design, this makes a great day trip from London especially during the summer months. There are some great things to see and do here, check out the beach, Pier and observation wheel or browse the vintage shops and tasty eateries in The Lanes. Head to Brighton during a festival to really get a full flavour of this wonderfully eccentric city.
Hostel/Budget rates – Dorm beds can be found between £6 – £20 whilst private rooms start at £40.
Midrange Hotel rates – £60 – £100 depending on location.
Luxury Hotel rates – £120+
Transport – The great thing about Brighton is that everything is in walking distance. If you do want to get a taxi, you are looking at a £10-£15 cost depending on the time of day whilst buses cost around £2.40-£3 depending on the distance. If you decide to stay in Brighton, cheap train tickets to other coastal areas such as Eastbourne and Hastings are also available from around £5.
Average cost of food – Lots of food chains can be found across Brighton, ideal for those looking to save some cash. Fish and chips can cost between £6 – £11 per person whilst lunch meals cost around the same. Dinners can cost upwards of £15 per head but check out the pub foods; the Wetherspoon pub chain offer great meal deals for excellent prices.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – Hostelpoint Brighton is a great spot for a night or two, located near all the popular attractions and right near the beach, dorm beds start at £8.99 whilst private ensuite rooms are £40. Smart Brighton Beach is another popular hotel and again centrally located on the beach and near attractions, dorms start at £6.50 whilst private ensuite rooms cost £40.
Midrange – The Square Hotel is a modern and stylish spot, offering a great restaurant and sophisticated bar, with rooms starting at £90. Just a short walk from the seafront, YHA Brighton offers bright ensuite rooms starting at £69.
Top End – In a great location, the Brighton House Bed and Breakfast has been rated as a luxurious, immaculate hotel with rooms start at £121, this is a top pick for me. Overlooking the seafront, The Waterfront Hotel is a top choice for couples, with modern 4 star rooms start at £126 a night.
How to get there
Bus – Buses are available from Arundel, Chichester, Eastbourne and London Victoria, costing around £8 from London but taking around 2 hours.
Train – For £24 you can get a train from London Victoria or London St Pancras to Brighton, taking just an hour. Nearby popular spots are also accessible by train, including Eastbourne, Chichester, Hastings and Portsmouth.
Drive – Many drive to Brighton, but be aware that parking is incredibly pricey in Brighton centre, with some car parks costing up to £7 for two hours.
Not too far from Brighton is Eastbourne where you can find the popular Beachy Head.
A day bus ticket around Brighton costs £4.60 but the best way to experience Brighton is to walk and wander, get lost down the lanes and discover hidden gems all over this diamond city.