Brighton & Hove has a bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. There’s elegant Regency architecture, museums and galleries, great shopping, stylish cafés, bars and restaurants, glittering nightlife, arts and theatre and all the fun of the seaside.
Don’t miss the Royal Pavilion, King George IV’s seaside fantasy palace with its Indian domes and oriental interiors – Europe’s most extraordinary royal palace. There’s all the fun of the fair on the Brighton Pier with its whirling Waltzers, fish & chips and candy floss. Stroll along the vibrant beachfront with its lively cafés and bars, pubs and clubs, Artists’ and Fishing Quarters, beach volleyball court, children’s play area and dramatic sculptures framing the sea views.
The city’s made for walking, so explore the narrow alleys of the 17th century Lanes, a maze of smart shops selling antiques, jewellery and designer clothes, and the bohemian North Laine, full of unusual and eccentric shops. Shoppers should also explore the seafront by the old West Pier as here you’ll find arches filled with independent traders selling fashion, furniture, photography and more.
The arts play a major part in city life especially in May when the Brighton Festival, England’s largest international arts festival, attracts thousands of people to hundreds of events for 3 weeks. You can see pre and post-West End shows at the Theatre Royal, arts and comedy at Komedia, classical concerts at the Brighton Dome and pop stars at the Brighton Centre.
The city’s museums are treasure houses of inspiring objects from all eras and cultures. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has dynamic and innovative galleries, which feature exciting interactive displays appealing to all ages. Discover Brighton’s origins at the Fishing Museum and a visit to Preston Manor gives a glimpse into the life of a prosperous Edwardian family and their servants.
Other attractions not to be missed include the Sea Life where you can marvel as giant turtles and sharks swim above you in the underwater tunnel or see them from above with a ride on the glass-bottomed boat. Take a flight on the British Airways i360 observation tower which is 162 metres high and the pod carries up to 200 visitors at a time to see stunning views of Brighton & Hove and across to the beautiful South Downs countryside.
Brighton’s nightlife is relaxed and fun-fuelled, with stylish bars, traditional pubs and the biggest selection of restaurants outside London – over 400 serving mouthwatering cuisine from around the world. There’s live music nearly every night of the week and the club scene is legendary.
Fashionable, funky and loaded with style, Brighton & Hove can provide the perfect backdrop in the time you spend outside of your conference.