Guidebook for The City of Brighton and Hove

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Guidebook for The City of Brighton and Hove

Local Bars/Pubs
Corner gastropub with terrace seats and a menu including shellfish and craft beers.
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The Urchin
15-17 Belfast St
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Corner gastropub with terrace seats and a menu including shellfish and craft beers.
If you're after seriously good food, lovely wines and fabulous ales, enjoyed in warm and welcoming surroundings, then this pub is for you.
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The Better Half Pub
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If you're after seriously good food, lovely wines and fabulous ales, enjoyed in warm and welcoming surroundings, then this pub is for you.
Wine & Cocktail bar & café Lovely setting and great cocktails & coffee/lunch, depending what you’re after.
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Hixon Green
124 Church Rd
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Wine & Cocktail bar & café Lovely setting and great cocktails & coffee/lunch, depending what you’re after.
Small independent pub with dark wood interior serving locally sourced free range meat, game and dairy produce, highly rated dishes and friendly staff.
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The Connaught Pub & Kitchen
48 Hove Street
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Small independent pub with dark wood interior serving locally sourced free range meat, game and dairy produce, highly rated dishes and friendly staff.
Wood-panelled pub with modern touches, mature gardens, up-to-date bistro dishes and pub classics. Nice garden.
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Hove Place
37 First Ave
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Wood-panelled pub with modern touches, mature gardens, up-to-date bistro dishes and pub classics. Nice garden.
A traditional pub atmosphere, welcoming staff and modern decor, great food and ale and plenty of events. Fab Sunday roasts and lots of outdoor seating too aswell as kids play area.
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The George Payne Pub
18 Payne Ave
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A traditional pub atmosphere, welcoming staff and modern decor, great food and ale and plenty of events. Fab Sunday roasts and lots of outdoor seating too aswell as kids play area.
Parks & Nature
Hove Park is popular with local residents, dog walkers and runners. The park covers almost 40 acres and features a mix of large areas of open grass, mature trees, flower beds and recreational facilities. It has a lovely cafe for coffee/ice cream or lunches. Great for kids as playground or to scoot around on the extensive path ways. There are also football pitches, tennis courts a basketball court and adult gym equipment. At the eastern edge of the Park is the ‘Fingermaze’, a piece of public sculpture carved into the park and lined with stone and lime mortar. The Fingermaze is a giant fingerprint which incorporates a Cretan labyrinth within its whirling design.
Hove Park Gardens
Hove Park is popular with local residents, dog walkers and runners. The park covers almost 40 acres and features a mix of large areas of open grass, mature trees, flower beds and recreational facilities. It has a lovely cafe for coffee/ice cream or lunches. Great for kids as playground or to scoot around on the extensive path ways. There are also football pitches, tennis courts a basketball court and adult gym equipment. At the eastern edge of the Park is the ‘Fingermaze’, a piece of public sculpture carved into the park and lined with stone and lime mortar. The Fingermaze is a giant fingerprint which incorporates a Cretan labyrinth within its whirling design.
St Ann's Well Gardens, not far from Hove seafront, is a treat for the tree-lover and will appeal to young and old alike. There is a wide range of native and exotic trees giving the gardens their unique character and providing shelter and tranquillity for wildlife. There is also a good children's playground, tennis courts and a cafe that is open 8-5 during the week and 9-5 at the weekends. Nature conservation is important in the park - there are designated fenced off areas, a scented garden for the visually impaired and a well stocked pond with a biological filter system. The Park Rangers work closely with local schools, providing an area that the children have designed themselves.
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St Ann's Well Gardens
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St Ann's Well Gardens, not far from Hove seafront, is a treat for the tree-lover and will appeal to young and old alike. There is a wide range of native and exotic trees giving the gardens their unique character and providing shelter and tranquillity for wildlife. There is also a good children's playground, tennis courts and a cafe that is open 8-5 during the week and 9-5 at the weekends. Nature conservation is important in the park - there are designated fenced off areas, a scented garden for the visually impaired and a well stocked pond with a biological filter system. The Park Rangers work closely with local schools, providing an area that the children have designed themselves.
Hove seafront begins at Hove Lawns and stretches right along to Hove Lagoon, near Portslade. There is a stunning walk along the seafront, especially just as the sun rises or sets, from the West Pier onwards. Hove Lawns provides a green space right next to the sea for families, friends and all to enjoy. For those looking for a sporty option, there are several tennis courts and bowling greens available to the public on a pay and play basis.
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Hove Lagoon Watersports
330 Kingsway
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Hove seafront begins at Hove Lawns and stretches right along to Hove Lagoon, near Portslade. There is a stunning walk along the seafront, especially just as the sun rises or sets, from the West Pier onwards. Hove Lawns provides a green space right next to the sea for families, friends and all to enjoy. For those looking for a sporty option, there are several tennis courts and bowling greens available to the public on a pay and play basis.
With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kick about with your friends or those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs. Situated next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city, Stanmer is a perfect example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and remains one of the city's most visited parks. Stanmer Park is home to a varied range of plant and wildlife. Birds that have been sighted in the park include buzzards, kestrels and owls and mammals such as foxes, badgers and deer are a common sight.
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Stanmer Park
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With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kick about with your friends or those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs. Situated next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city, Stanmer is a perfect example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and remains one of the city's most visited parks. Stanmer Park is home to a varied range of plant and wildlife. Birds that have been sighted in the park include buzzards, kestrels and owls and mammals such as foxes, badgers and deer are a common sight.
Stoneham Park is a valued community park. The park has two play areas: one has a sandpit and a new coloured mural on the wall and is particularly suited to younger children. The other play area is in the main body of the park and has larger climbing equipment, swings and slides. It also benefits from the Hive Café Community Centre which is a lovely vibe and great tasty home baked snacks/lunches. slides.
Stoneham Park, Poets Corner
Stoneham Park is a valued community park. The park has two play areas: one has a sandpit and a new coloured mural on the wall and is particularly suited to younger children. The other play area is in the main body of the park and has larger climbing equipment, swings and slides. It also benefits from the Hive Café Community Centre which is a lovely vibe and great tasty home baked snacks/lunches. slides.
Entertainment & Activities
At the end of our road, Hove Lagoon is one of the countries leading watersports centres offering wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, Kayaking and Standup Paddleboarding on the Lagoon and the sea and well as the Big beach Cafe. Hove Lagoon also has a skateboard park, a playground, a kids paddle pool, kids play area, kids boating pool and a model boat club. Get in touch with Big Beach Cafe Lagoon Watersports - to avoid disappointment please book activities in advance.
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Hove Lagoon
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At the end of our road, Hove Lagoon is one of the countries leading watersports centres offering wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, Kayaking and Standup Paddleboarding on the Lagoon and the sea and well as the Big beach Cafe. Hove Lagoon also has a skateboard park, a playground, a kids paddle pool, kids play area, kids boating pool and a model boat club. Get in touch with Big Beach Cafe Lagoon Watersports - to avoid disappointment please book activities in advance.
Brighton Palace Pier is a 1,722ft long Victorian pier, located in the heart of Brighton and Hove’s 8 miles of coastline. If you fancy a walk or hire bikes locally and cycle - the pier is 3 miles from here. With famous fish and chip restaurant, a range of hot food and drink concessions, fairground attractions, two arcades, plus Brighton’s biggest indoor soft play area - ‘Palace Play’ - Brighton Palace Pier makes it a day to remember!
Brighton Pier Rides
Brighton Palace Pier is a 1,722ft long Victorian pier, located in the heart of Brighton and Hove’s 8 miles of coastline. If you fancy a walk or hire bikes locally and cycle - the pier is 3 miles from here. With famous fish and chip restaurant, a range of hot food and drink concessions, fairground attractions, two arcades, plus Brighton’s biggest indoor soft play area - ‘Palace Play’ - Brighton Palace Pier makes it a day to remember!
The King Alfred Leisure Centre is the largest wet and dry sport centre in the city of Brighton and Hove and is situated on Hove sea front, a miles walk from here. Fun sessions available with slide & floats etc - small pool too for little ones. Soft play within leisure centre too for rainy days.
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King Alfred Leisure Centre
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The King Alfred Leisure Centre is the largest wet and dry sport centre in the city of Brighton and Hove and is situated on Hove sea front, a miles walk from here. Fun sessions available with slide & floats etc - small pool too for little ones. Soft play within leisure centre too for rainy days.
Splashpoint Leisure Centre has a six-lane, 25 metre pool, a combined learner/diving pool and an indoor leisure pool with flume and outdoor paddling pool. It's about a 15 minute drive from here along the coast road. A great place to relax and have fun! You can also grab a bite to eat within the Splashpoint cafe. IDEALLY YOU NEED TO BOOK THIS THE DAY BEFORE - sessions are for 2 hours. Lovely water front a few minutes walk from here with various restaurants and cafes, local artists shops and a playground.
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Splashpoint Leisure Centre
60 Brighton Rd
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Splashpoint Leisure Centre has a six-lane, 25 metre pool, a combined learner/diving pool and an indoor leisure pool with flume and outdoor paddling pool. It's about a 15 minute drive from here along the coast road. A great place to relax and have fun! You can also grab a bite to eat within the Splashpoint cafe. IDEALLY YOU NEED TO BOOK THIS THE DAY BEFORE - sessions are for 2 hours. Lovely water front a few minutes walk from here with various restaurants and cafes, local artists shops and a playground.
Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus huge choice of places to eat with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links. There is also a Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. An added bonus is free parking there ;0)
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Brighton Marina
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Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus huge choice of places to eat with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links. There is also a Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. An added bonus is free parking there ;0)
Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 5,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and intelligent octopus - few sharks too and a lovely arch to walk through with all the fish swimming above you. Various events such as fish feeding times to watch and a show. Worth seeing if any deals on at the time as quite expensive but kids love it!
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SEA LIFE Brighton
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Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 5,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and intelligent octopus - few sharks too and a lovely arch to walk through with all the fish swimming above you. Various events such as fish feeding times to watch and a show. Worth seeing if any deals on at the time as quite expensive but kids love it!
Essentials
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Tesco Superstore
167 Church Road
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ALDI
Sainsbury's
361-367 Old Shoreham Rd
Brighton & Newhaven Fish Sales is a wholesale and retail fish outlet/shop based at the end of Saxon Rd (road running down to the seafront) to the right of Hove Lagoon. Huge choice of fresh fish, as well as live lobsters and crabs - deli sauces etc - wouldn't buy fish from anywhere else! Worth a look if you're down that way...... Best known for their high quality, day caught local fish and shellfish direct from their fleet of inshore fishing boats, as well as the finest quality fish (wild and farmed) from around the UK and further afield allowing them to maintain consistent supply even during periods of poor weather or when certain species are out of season locally.
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Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales
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Brighton & Newhaven Fish Sales is a wholesale and retail fish outlet/shop based at the end of Saxon Rd (road running down to the seafront) to the right of Hove Lagoon. Huge choice of fresh fish, as well as live lobsters and crabs - deli sauces etc - wouldn't buy fish from anywhere else! Worth a look if you're down that way...... Best known for their high quality, day caught local fish and shellfish direct from their fleet of inshore fishing boats, as well as the finest quality fish (wild and farmed) from around the UK and further afield allowing them to maintain consistent supply even during periods of poor weather or when certain species are out of season locally.
Sightseeing
The Royal Pavilion is the city’s must-see attraction. The glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, later Prince Regent and then King George IV, it’s one of the most opulent buildings in England, and certainly the finest example of early 19th-century chinoiserie anywhere in Europe. It’s an apt symbol of Brighton’s reputation for decadence. An unimpressed Queen Victoria called the Royal Pavilion ‘a strange, odd Chinese place’, but for visitors to Brighton it’s an unmissable chunk of Sussex history.
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Kraljevski paviljon u Brightonu
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The Royal Pavilion is the city’s must-see attraction. The glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, later Prince Regent and then King George IV, it’s one of the most opulent buildings in England, and certainly the finest example of early 19th-century chinoiserie anywhere in Europe. It’s an apt symbol of Brighton’s reputation for decadence. An unimpressed Queen Victoria called the Royal Pavilion ‘a strange, odd Chinese place’, but for visitors to Brighton it’s an unmissable chunk of Sussex history.
Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful South Coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 138 metres in our futuristic glass viewing pod, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Visitors can admire 360-degree views across Brighton, the South Downs and, on the clearest days, all the way to the Isle of Wight. Guests can also enjoy the Nyetimber Sky Bar, the West Beach Bar & Kitchen, the West Pier Tea Room, an exhibition on how BAi360 was built and a shop with a range of products inspired by the design, innovation and craftsmanship of British Airways i360 and its seafront setting. For thrill-seekers, iDrop Abseil is the most
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British Airways i360
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Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful South Coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 138 metres in our futuristic glass viewing pod, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Visitors can admire 360-degree views across Brighton, the South Downs and, on the clearest days, all the way to the Isle of Wight. Guests can also enjoy the Nyetimber Sky Bar, the West Beach Bar & Kitchen, the West Pier Tea Room, an exhibition on how BAi360 was built and a shop with a range of products inspired by the design, innovation and craftsmanship of British Airways i360 and its seafront setting. For thrill-seekers, iDrop Abseil is the most
Ditchling Beacon is the second highest point on the South Downs National Park with spectacular views across the Weald. As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was one of the chain of fires lit to warn of impending invasions. It was once an Iron Age hillfort, with its steep northern slope used as a natural defence. With its walking trails and long views over the downs, Ditchling Beacon is as good for the experienced rambler as it is for a family picnic. There are no facilities available on site (except for an ice-cream van in the summer months) and due to its open nature, it can get quite windy, so wrap up if necessary.
Ditchling Beacon
Ditchling Beacon is the second highest point on the South Downs National Park with spectacular views across the Weald. As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was one of the chain of fires lit to warn of impending invasions. It was once an Iron Age hillfort, with its steep northern slope used as a natural defence. With its walking trails and long views over the downs, Ditchling Beacon is as good for the experienced rambler as it is for a family picnic. There are no facilities available on site (except for an ice-cream van in the summer months) and due to its open nature, it can get quite windy, so wrap up if necessary.
Shopping
This area is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Famous for being different, definitely worth some time to mooch around and plenty of choice for places to eat, have coffee or go for a drink.
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The Lanes
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This area is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Famous for being different, definitely worth some time to mooch around and plenty of choice for places to eat, have coffee or go for a drink.
With an excellent selection of 80 stores, Churchill Square is the destination for busy shoppers looking for great retail stores or somewhere to relax. ...
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Churchill Square Shopping Centre
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With an excellent selection of 80 stores, Churchill Square is the destination for busy shoppers looking for great retail stores or somewhere to relax. ...
Local Cafes
Located on Richardson Road, just a few minutes walk from here. Great quality and value - locally sourced produce. A range of hot & cold food, sandwiches, tea's, coffees, cakes and more! Nice to sit outside if sunny and great little street too.
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Drury Tea & Coffee Southern
12-18 Richardson Rd
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Located on Richardson Road, just a few minutes walk from here. Great quality and value - locally sourced produce. A range of hot & cold food, sandwiches, tea's, coffees, cakes and more! Nice to sit outside if sunny and great little street too.
Within 12 minutes walking distance on Portland Rd relatively new but great light and airy corner cafe with fab coffee, pastries, fresh bread etc and joined onto back is a lovely florist.
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The Flour Pot Bakery - Portland Rd
121 Portland Road
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Within 12 minutes walking distance on Portland Rd relatively new but great light and airy corner cafe with fab coffee, pastries, fresh bread etc and joined onto back is a lovely florist.
Baked has been selected for the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews they've earned on TripAdvisor. Hove cafe selling locally sourced, fresh, homemade cakes, sandwiches, quiche, salad, breakfast, lunch and tea.
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Baked
69 Church Rd
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Baked has been selected for the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews they've earned on TripAdvisor. Hove cafe selling locally sourced, fresh, homemade cakes, sandwiches, quiche, salad, breakfast, lunch and tea.
Excellent coffee, relaxed cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. About a 12 minute walk from here - tiny café/speciality (organic, ethically traded coffee) coffee shop in the heart of Poets corner, also serving a selection of cakes, pastries and light bites and a selection of craft chocolate.
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44 Rutland Rd
Excellent coffee, relaxed cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. About a 12 minute walk from here - tiny café/speciality (organic, ethically traded coffee) coffee shop in the heart of Poets corner, also serving a selection of cakes, pastries and light bites and a selection of craft chocolate.
A little gem on George Street, a 20 minute walk from here, unpretentious, delicious, generous portions at affordable prices. Excellent coffee, offering breakfast, brunch and lunches. Very friendly and welcoming staff and owners. Can sit indoor or outdoor also an upstairs seating area.
Caffe Bar Italia
24 George St
A little gem on George Street, a 20 minute walk from here, unpretentious, delicious, generous portions at affordable prices. Excellent coffee, offering breakfast, brunch and lunches. Very friendly and welcoming staff and owners. Can sit indoor or outdoor also an upstairs seating area.