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Discover Brighton with DFDS

Brighton City Guide

Brighton offers a wealth of historic attractions and traditional seaside fun, as well as plenty of the quirky and unexpected. There’s Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, and plenty of sandy beaches. Brighton is also home to a state-of-the art viewing platform, the i360.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s relaxing on the beach or visiting Brighton’s many historic and modern attractions. There’s also great shopping in the Lanes area of the town, including famous chocolatiers and fashionable boutiques, and all manner of cafes and restaurants.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton is just a 25-minute drive from our port in Newhaven, or you can get direct trains from Newhaven Harbour right into the centre of Brighton which run every half an hour. Alternatively, if you’re planning on landing in Dover, Brighton is just a two-hour drive away, and you get to see some of Britain’s prettiest countryside on the way.

Brighton’s Beaches

The Palace Pier Beach is probably Brighton’s most well-known; this is a shingle and sand beach west of the pier where shops and ice cream kiosks occupy the old fishing huts and boat builders’ sheds known as the King’s Road Arches.

To the East of the pier you have Kemp Town Beach where you can visit the Mechanical Memories Museum and lose a few pennies in their old slot machines. Towards the marina is Brighton’s Naturist beach which was the first public naturist beach in the UK. If you walk west from Brighton Pier, you'll eventually reach Hove beach, which is much quieter than Brighton’s main beaches.

What to see in Brighton

The Royal Pavilion is the former royal residence of Prince George, later Prince Regent and George IV. Its distinctive 19th century style features domes and minarets, and isn’t typical of English Regency architecture.

The Pavilion attracts over 400,000 visitors every year and is one of Brighton’s most prized buildings. Built in 1899, Brighton Pier is one of Brighton’s top attractions and draws thousands of visitors each year. The pier features 2 amusement arcades and great funfair rides to enjoy. If you’re after traditional British fish and chips, then the pier food court is the place to go.