In Brighton, switch from the beach to rugby in no time at all!

A tourist town par excellence with its seafront and iconic Royal Pavilion, Brighton is also getting ready for 2015’s rugby championship. Between matches, explore the streets of Kemptown, the city’s green spaces and its famous marina!

What to See in Brighton

Superb Architecture

To get your visit off to a gentle start, start the day in the city centre to explore Brighton’s famous streets and their architecture. Typical of the later 18th and early 19th centuries, the many Regency-style buildings are the city’s pride and joy. There are over 1,200 buildings listed as being of historic or architectural significance!

Walk down Queens Road, Church Street and past the colonnades and red facade of Brighton’s Theatre Royal. Head for Pavilion Gardens and treat yourself to a little stroll in this hidden oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. Does the smell of the grass make you want to watch a rugby match? Be patient…

Brighton Pavilion
Brighton Pavilion. Credit: Getty Images.

Seaside Delights

After your visit, head back to Brighton’s main attraction: its beach and promenade. If you’re not scared of the cold water, arm yourself with a paddle and a board and try a spot of paddleboarding. The latest hip sport, it’s becoming increasingly popular and attracting many enthusiasts. Enough to develop the physique of a real rugby player…

Walk along the seafront to reach Brighton Pier. Opened in 1899, this pier is now home to an amusement park that entertains crowds of tourists all year round. Thrill-seekers will particularly enjoy the roller coasters. To enjoy a stunning view from high up over the city, leave the pier and get on the Brighton Wheel, a 45-metre Ferris wheel.

Once night falls, find a restaurant along the seafront and, if the weather allows, eat al fresco. You can also watch one of the favourite sights of Brighton locals: sunset by the seaside. It may be a cliché, but it’s unforgettable!

Kemptown and the Community Stadium

The Charms of Kemptown

Continue your journey by heading for Kemptown! To the east of the city centre, this area with a village atmosphere is full of boutiques, quiet little squares, cafés and excellent restaurants.

Start by trying an independent café to wake yourself up with a little pastry. And here you’re spoiled for choice. Brighton is actually the city that drinks the most coffee in England with an average spend of £177 per person per year! Try Ground on St George’s Road, Redroaster on St James’s Street or Spinelli on College Road. You’re sure to find something you like.

After a coffee, you’re ready to scour the area for spot of shopping. Famous for its vintage boutiques and antique shops, Kemptown is a real bargain hunter’s paradise. For furniture, head to Brighton Flea Market to unearth the original décor of All Eras, and for clothes head to Red Room Vintage. Carry on along High Street to Whitehawk Hill for a great vantage point.

Brighton Community Stadium.
Brighton Community Stadium. Photo by Dominic Alves via CC BY 2.0 licence.

Brighton Community Stadium

After Kemptown, head north to the home of the Brighton Seagulls: the Amex Community Stadium. Interested in more than just rugby when it comes to sport? Book a tour and take a look behind the scenes of the local football team: the trophy room, the press room, the dressing rooms… In the Albion Museum, learn about the history of the team and the stadium.

Once the evening comes, carry on enjoying the sporty atmosphere with a drink in a sports bar: The Font on Union Street, King & Queen on Marlborough Place or Rileys on London Road.

The “Brighton Blues”

Founded in 1868, Brighton Rugby Club (Rugby Football Union) is one of the oldest rugby teams in England. Originally named Brighton Shooflies, the team changed its name after its victory over Wasps, their rival club in Brighton, and claimed the title. Today, supporters know them better as the Brighton Blues, a reference to their colours.

A Brighton Native in France

Born in 1980 in Brighton, Joseph “Joe” El-Abd arrived in France in 2009 and doesn’t seem to want to leave!

After six years in Bristol, this towering flanker with a devastating tackle joined RC Toulon then Oyonnax. Having joined the coaching staff for the 2014-2015 season at the same club, he joined Castres the following year to teach the French his defence techniques.

Brighton in Brief

When to come:
In September the temperature is around 15°C, which means you can enjoy walks on the beach and the pier.

How to get here:
By plane! Take advantage of special fares by visiting our page on flights to Brighton.

How to get around:
You can get around town easily on foot or by bicycle. For longer trips, use the Brighton bus network.

Where to stay:
There are many hotels in Brighton! For a perfect setting, book a hotel on thee seafront or a bed & breakfast in Kemptown.

Where to eat:
Brighton Rocks, 6 Rock Place, pub tucked away in Kemptown, away from the crowds of tourists. Delicious cocktails, craft beers, burgers and snacks. Food from €7 to 27, drinks from €5*
Burger Brothers, 97 North Road, very simple burgers that are quite simply delicious. Watch out for the crowds! From €7 to 12*
Molly Malone’s, West Street, bar with live music, live major sporting events and reasonably priced food! Food from €7, drinks from €5*
Smokey’s, 124 Kings Road, restaurant serving up simple but fiendishly effective grilled meats. Food from €7 to 20*
* Prices are indicative and subject to change.

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