Brighton Beach

Address: Brighton Beach, Brighton, England

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OK, so it’s not very sandy. But it’s long, lively and loads of fun.

If I were to put together a Brighton soundscape, it would have to include the sound of seagulls calling, carousel organs playing and pebbles crunching underfoot.

While, contrary to popular belief, Brighton’s beach does have sand as well as stones, the sand is well buried and only gets an airing when the tide’s extremely low. Basically, this is a pebble beach. And I’m perfectly OK with that. It doesn't detract from the glory of this south-facing shore - it just means that if you want to really relax, you have to get inventive with mats, or hire a deckchair.

Alternatively, you could settle for a stroll. Both the upper promenade and the lower esplanade are thoroughly pleasant places to stretch your legs, with plenty of events, cafés, bars and shops (from the arty and quirky to the supremely tacky) to keep you entertained. In summer, it feels as if the whole world is holidaying here.

Value for money

Expert tips

Brighton’s famous naturist beach is in Kemptown, east of Brighton Pier, behind a long heap of stones.

Barbecues are only permitted in certain areas – look out for the signs – and should not be lit before 6pm. You’re not allowed to barbecue between the piers at any time. For further guidance, visit the Brighton and Hove City Council website, .

Some hardy souls swim in the English Channel all year but conditions tend to be kindest in August and early September.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife