Stroll along the grand Brighton Palace Pier to its illuminated fun fair, packed with rollercoasters and vintage rides. After a fun-filled day out on the south coast in Brighton, bed down in one of these top seafront hotels – all bookable with Culture Trip.
The unmissable, Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier juts out almost 2,000 feet (610 metres) into the English Channel. Key attractions for the strong stomached include the Turbo rollercoaster and the Booster, a ride which hurls you high up in the air while turning you upside down. There’s also a more traditional Victorian carousel and plenty of arcade games for more down-to-earth entertainment. Here’s our pick of where to stay near the UK’s best pleasure pier.
Built in 1864, the enormous Grand is still Brighton’s most well-known hotel, a living monument to Victorian luxury. Splash out on a seventh floor King Suite and you’ll have your own duplex with a lounge and dining room, private gym and views of the pier. Dine in the casual Cylan restaurant, where star dishes include the grass-fed wagyu beef burger and Sussex charcuterie platters. A celebrated afternoon tea is served in the Victoria Lounge, where 1920s glamour receives a contemporary twist.
This cheerful B&B offers accommodation in ensuite rooms that sleep up to three, with bold wallpaper and colourful flourishes, courtesy of lampshades, cushions and armchairs. Book the Venetian Suite for pier and seafront views. A hot-and-cold breakfast accompanied by fresh juices is served in the dining room or delivered to your room, plus there’s a shared lounge where you can kick back with coffee and newspapers. The pier and Royal Pavilion are reached with five- and 10-minute walks, respectively.
Complimentary gin and sherry come with all rooms at this design-conscious boutique on the promenade. The Seaview Corner Suites are ideal for couples, featuring an elevated seating area with 180-degree views through a bay window and a free-standing bath in the bedroom. Relax in an underground spa built in old smugglers’ tunnels, with a heated indoor pool, sauna, Scandinavian hot tubs and hydrotherapy pool. An indulgent afternoon tea takes inspiration from the Pier Funfair and stars mini cheeseburgers, doughnut balls and candy floss.
This smart four-star occupies a Grade II-listed building on a Regency square, one street back from the beach. Bachelor pad-style decor dominates the bedrooms – think lots of mirrors, chandeliers, free-standing tubs painted black and electric fireplaces. Breakfast is served in an airy, sea-view dining room, which morphs into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the evening. Street parking is available on the street outside for a daily fee and all the town’s major attractions are within easy walking distance.
If relaxation is at the top of your priorities, why not stay in one of Brighton’s best spa hotels. Or, for somewhere more quirky, the city is home to an array of bed and breakfasts that boast decor a little out of the ordinary – all are bookable via Culture Trip. As the UK’s LGBTQ capital, it is only natural that there’s a host of great date spots dotted throughout, with many bars, restaurants and seaside attractions made for romantic trips away.