Brighton beach – Everything you need to know from nearby hotels to nudist spots

BRIGHTON is also known as ‘London’s beach’ – even though it is a mere 47 miles away from the capital.

This award-winning hotspot is one of the most popular beaches in the country – and it’s not hard to see why.

Is Brighton beach worth visiting?

Brighton is renowned for its quirky shopping lanes, buzzing bars, swarms of students and having more restaurants than you can count.

But one thing that everybody who visits this city has is common is their love for the picturesque seafront.

Brighton Pier has amusement arcades, food stands even a bar at the end (Credit: Flickr/ Trine Syvertsen)

The promenade, which is full of life all year round, stretches for just over four miles.

For those expecting golden sand, you may be disappointed.

Brighton is a pebbly beach and the waters are notoriously cold all-year round – but it is a hotspot for watersports.

Open water swimming, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and even wakeboarding are popular in the city.

But the majority of beach-goers will prefer to relax on a deckchair and soak up the gorgeous views.

Tourists in Brighton have to visit the Victorian pier which is stacked with traditional fairground activities.

Whether you want to ride a rollercoaster and scoff some fish and chips – it has it all.

If that’s not for you, check out the Sea Life Centre – which dates all the way back to 1872.

There’s plenty of other activities along the seafront including mini-golf, music events and Volk’s Electric Railway.

Do you have to pay to get into Brighton beach?

No – you do not have to pay to enter Brighton beach.

Is Brighton beach sandy?

Brighton peach is pebbly – but do not let that put you off.

Grab yourself a deck chair and head down the seafront to soak up the sunshine on the south coast.

Is Brighton beach dog friendly?

Dogs are banned from the main beach at Brighton from 1 May until 30 September.

Outside of those dates, from 1 October to 30 April, you are free to roam the seafront with your pooch.

The local council state that all dogs must be supervised and remain under control at all times.

Any dog fouling must also be cleared up immediately.

When on the promenade, your four-legged friend must be kept on a lead.

Pets should also be kept away from the waters edge when the sea is rough.

Dog owners are also warned to be cautious of the oil that can be found on Brighton beach.

It looks like white lumps of candle wax and dogs will often eat this if they get the chance.

This could make your pet very ill.

If you see any oil on the beach, please report it to the Seafront Office as soon as possible.

There’s plenty to do in Brighton from exploring the historic pier to shopping in the Lanes.

Guide dogs are allowed on the pier with their owners – but all other animals must not enter.

With so much to do in the area, you might decide to spend the night.

Check out The Southern Belle – a historic venue with a lively bar and luxury boutique rooms.

Brighton beach can get very popular during peak season (Credit: Flickr/ Nataliej)

Can you park near Brighton beach?

If Brighton is busy and the sun is shining, you might struggle to park your car near the seafront.

There are plenty of car parks – but you will have to pay.

  • Metropole – £10 for 12 hours
  • 1, Regency Mews – £16 for 24 hours – if you go in after 8am and go out by 6pm, you’ll be paying a daytime rate of £10
  • Regency Square – £18.50 for nine hours
  • Churchill Square – £20 for 12 hours
  • 19, Ship Street – £20 for nine hours
  • The Hilton – £25 all day
  • The Lanes – £27.50 for nine hours
  • Brighton Centre Russell Road – £29.75 for five hours
  • Chapel Street car park – £18.20 for 24 hours

Can you see dolphins at Brighton beach?

You might be surprised to know that there has been a long-list of dolphin and whale sightings at Brighton.

In August 2017, a pod of over 30 bottlenose dolphins were spotted just out from the pier.

In 2015, one lone dolphin was spotted swimming around the seafront for several days.

Are there sharks at Brighton beach?

Although you have probably never heard of a shark attack in Brighton – that does not mean there aren’t any swimming in the water.

According to SharkInsider, there are 40 species of sharks in Brighton – 21 of which are there all-year round.

The sharks at Brighton include:

  • Blue Sharks
  • Porbeagles
  • Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
  • Shortfin Mako Sharks
  • Threshers
  • Smooth Hammerheads
  • Basking sharks

Is there a nudist beach in Brighton?

For those that love to whip their kit off, you’ll have to pay Brighton a visit.

At the Eastern end of the beach, you will find the naturist section where you are free to soak up the sunshine naked.

This will all be clearly signposted when you arrive.

Sun worshippers are urged to keep their clothes on while on the promenade and in the surrounding areas.

However, Brighton is home to a number of ‘naked’ events including the famous Naked Brighton Bike Ride.

Up to 1,000 riders took place in the race in 2022 and hundreds of hopefuls lined the streets to catch an eyeful.

What hotels are nearby?