There’s more to Brighton than its beach and brightly coloured sticks of rock. Britain’s hippest seaside resort also has an attractive array of green spaces lounging alongside its slew of vintage stores, galleries and vegan cafés. To help you stray off the beaten pier and into somewhere leafier, we’ve asked our local insiders to recommend some of Brighton’s best parks.
One of Preston Park’s well-looked-after offshoots, this fragrant garden is at its best in the morning, when you’ll only be joined by the occasional jogger and the faint humming of bees. If you’re one such early bird, grab your caffeine fix from adjoining 1920s-style café, The Rotunda, before waltzing between the bushes. A balmy evening, however, calls for coffee to be swapped for cider as you savour a heavenly sunset among the roses. Recommended by local insider Clare Scott
Where in Brighton can you enjoy an undisturbed view of the beach while tucking into al fresco eggs on toast? Answer: Dyke Road Park. Poised up in Prestonville – Brighton’s highest point – and home to a reasonably priced café, the park is ideal for squinting at the glittering sea over brunch. Fancy some entertainment closer to hand? There’s also an open-air theatre company that puts on enthusiastic performances from Shakespeare to ABBA Mania all throughout the summer. Recommended by local insider Ellie Ricketts