Dubbed London-by-the -Sea, Brighton is a unique and vibrant city where you can chill out on its huge beach, people-watch from countless cafes and pubs, browse the quirky shops of the North Laine, then take in the museums, theatres, live comedy, music and night life.
Originally a medieval fishing village, Brighton has blossomed into everything that a seaside town should be, with a pier, rock shops, buckets and spades, fish and chips and deckchairs and of course the Royal Pavilion. There's fabulous shopping and within a few miles youre in the midst of beautiful rolling countryside and the South Downs National Park.
It has a marina, the annual Brighton Festival, showcasing arts of all types, and the newest addition, the i360 viewing platform. Families love Brighton for its excellent schools including Brighton College and Roedean, two of the best independent schools in the country. Many people move here from London because the property, from period properties of all sizes to modern flats, is better value than London, but they can still commute to town by rail.
It has a huge creative community too – artists, musicians, actors, writers, journalists through to marketing and media people of all varieties. It is also popular with the gay community, both those who live and visit its annual Pride festival or brilliant clubs and bars. Its also conveniently located for your travels with Gatwick Airport and Newhaven ferry port both close by.
There are two big and well respected universities (University of Sussex and University of Brighton), an up-and-coming football team and stunning new stadium, the Amex. And if you fancy a bit of celeb-spotting, Fat Boy Slim and Zoe Ball, Adele, Nick Berry, Nick Cave, Steve Coogan, Peter James, Des Lynam, Sally Gunnell, Chris Eubank and Steve Ovett all live in this bohemian city.
popular with all ages especially families and commuters: good schools, excellent road & rail to London & Gatwick and easy access to the city centre. Plus dog walks on the Downs, new Miller & Carter steakhouse in Patcham Village and a couple of local pubs.
popular with young professionals & couples, smaller Victorian terraced properties & some good local pubs
popular with families for the good schools nearby, convenient location for both Preston Park & London Road railway stations, good for commuters into London
popular with those looking for a second home to use weekends/summer time, but also popular with investors for buy-to-let properties
popular with young professional singles and couples, and close to Hove station so good for commuters to London, good shopping/bars/cafes in George Street and Church Road
popular area for buy-to-let investors as properties in this area are sought after for rental by students at the universities
MAIN POSTAL DISTRICTS WE COVER: BN1, BN2, BN3, BN45
(The 5 listed above were voted the top 5 restaurants 2016)
|Destination||How long||How often||Changes|
|London Victoria||1h3 to 1h20 approx.||every 15 mins||direct journey time
1h after peak times
|East Croydon||approx. 50 mins approx.||every 15 mins or less||direct or 1 change
at Gatwick Airport
|Gatwick Airport||approx. 35 mins approx.||every 15 mins or less||direct or 1 change at Hove|
|London Bridge||1h19 to 1h47 approx.||every 15 mins or less||1 change at East Croydon
or London Blackfriars
This information is a guide only, and not intended to be a timetable! Times shown are at peak times. Please check for exact times. Source: www.thetrainline.com
Schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding', within 3 miles of the centre of Brighton include:
This schools information is intended as a guide only and is subject to change.
Please check www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk or http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ for more detailed assessments.
In Brighton there is a club or group for every hobby or interest you can think of – and then many, many more! Quite frankly there are too many to mention without upsetting the ones we dont. But rest assured, you wont be bored!