Getting to know Brighton and Hove
We have all come up against the frustrations of deciding where to spend our precious time off work. Searching the internet for 'the best place to visit' and 'accommodation close to...' can be time consuming and, quite frankly, hard work! To help you out we have created this guide for getting to know our wonderful city of Brighton and Hove and its surrounding areas!
Spread between the 18 miles of stunning coastline between Shoreham in the west and Saltdean in the east, all of our self-catering holiday homes are within easy reach of Brighton's wide variety of attractions, restaurants, shops and beaches. Each area has something different and exciting to offer, therefore it is good to know your destinations before you book!
Starting to the east and going west along the coast
Saltdean and Rottingdean are located about 4 miles to the east of Brighton and offer a more relaxed pace of life away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. They offer fantastic family friendly beaches with lifeguard services in the summer, great play parks, and the Saltdean Lido (an art deco outdoor heated swimming pool) has just reopened this year. Rottingdean is a quaint historic village with cosy pubs that serve home cooked food, a pretty village pond, and iconic windmill. Parking is easier in these locations and the frequent bus services into Brighton take roughly 15 minutes meaning that you have the best of both worlds when staying here.
Kemptown is the trendy bohemian district of Brighton with a vibrant shopping and restaurant scene. It spreads along the seafront from Brighton Pier to Brighton Marina meaning that the walk either way is short and scenic. Known historically as the artists’ quarter, it is often referred to as ‘the village’ and has a strong LGBTQ community.
Brighton Marina is a great place to stay if you want everything in one place! With a wide variety of restaurants overlooking the main harbour as well as a bowling alley, cinema, casino, crazy golf course, and beaches nearby it is a convenient place to stay. The centre of Brighton can be reached by a lovely 2 mile walk along the seafront, or by a regular bus service out of the marina.
If you want to be in amongst the action then Brighton and Hove are the destinations for you! Although the city of Brighton and Hove encompasses the two areas, there are slight differences between them. Brighton is where the most iconic attractions of the city are. Here you will find Brighton Pier, The Royal Pavilion Palace, the Theatre Royal and the British Airways i360 viewing tower. The infamous North Laine shopping district is also in Brighton where you can find some great gifts in its boutique stores. Hove is just next door to Brighton and the fantastic beaches and restaurants are shared between the two. Of course, anywhere a little bit outside of the centre of town is quieter and tends to suit families a little bit more.
Located a couple of miles west along the coast from Brighton is Shoreham - a location that offers great beaches and stunning countryside. Brighton is easily accessible by public transport and you have the South Downs National Park right on your doorstep for some fantastic walks and sightseeing. The Art Deco Shoreham Airport is a must see if you interested in light planes and a great lunch!
Travelling a bit further afield
Lewes is a historic town located 9 miles inland from Brighton. Easily accessible by train and car, it is a great destination for a relaxing stay just outside the city. It has an abundance of attractions (such as Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleves House), restaurants, and pubs as well as a pretty riverside walk along the River Ouse. It is famous for holding the largest and most famous Bonfire Night celebrations - so if you are in town this is an event that cannot be missed!
Eastbourne is a pretty seaside resort which has a much slower pace than Brighton and Hove, but is well suited to families and couples looking for a coastal break. It is located just 20 miles to the east of Brighton and the coastal road between the two offers some fantastic views of the sea and countryside. A walk along the clifftops of the Seven Sisters National Park is a must, as is a visit to the historical fortress.