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A Guide To Brighton Pier

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No matter what exciting event brings you to Brighton, whether its the Fringe Festival or a family vacation, youre bound to step on Brighton Palace Pier.

Opened in 1899, this historic pier has entertained Brighton tourists and locals for over a century during the warmer months. A trip to Brighton is not complete without a scenic stroll on the pier!

Brighton Pier is home to games, rides, and plenty of sweets to eat. Only an hour away from London, its a popular destination for thrills and fun outside along the coast of England. Its also close to several other attractions, such as the i360 panoramic observation deck and SEA LIFE Brighton.

Heres everything you should know about Brightons most iconic destination and what to do while youre there!

What to Know

Opening Times: Brighton Pier is open every day, all year round! This makes Brighton Pier a great place to visit on holidays, as most other attractions will be closed. Most attractions have coverage during rainstorms, so even on cloudy days, the pier is fun. Gates open 10:00 every day, and on average close around 21:00-23:00.

Tickets: Walking on the pier is free. However, attractions require a wristband, which includes unlimited rides. Wristbands are available for purchase both online or in person at the pier.

Cost: Prices vary on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. However, when you buy a wristband ahead of time online, you save up to 25%. You can also purchase wristbands at the group rate if your party has 4 people or more.

Where to Stay

If youre coming to Brighton to experience the pier, its best to find lodgings right next to it. You have plenty of options!

Keep in mind that Brighton is very busy in the summer. Many flock to Brighton in May for the Fringe Fest and The Great Escape, as well as during holidays. If youre planning a trip far in advance, its best to book your hotel as soon as possible.

Check out these hotels and hostels to see if they have availability:

  • Royal Abion Hotel: This chic hotel sits right on the coast, next to the pier. Its as close to the pier as you can get. You not only get a glorious sea view from your room, but a glimpse of night-time life on the pier below.

  • YHA Brighton Hostel: This is the closest hostel to the pier and one of the nicest in Brighton. At a much more affordable rate than the nearby hotels, this hostel offers many amenities and proximity to several attractions.

  • Queens Brighton Hotel: This casual hotel not only offers pier views, but a grand pool for all ages as well.

  • The Old Ship Hotel: Another affordable hotel thats charming, well decorated, and close to the beach.

  • Horizon Hotel BnB: This quaint and colourful bed and breakfast offers the cosiness of a traditional Bnb and the aesthetic of a contemporary hotel.

What Else to Do in Brighton

There are so many exciting attractions throughout Brighton to check out [here], most of which are in walking distance to the pier. Once youre tired of rides, you might want to check out the following attractions:

  • SEA LIFE Brighton: This colourful aquarium is considered one of the best in the world. Its the perfect destination for people of all ages after an afternoon in the sun. Kids can get a glimpse of sharks and turtles and travel through colourful neon tunnels.

  • Old Steine Gardens: Take a stroll in Old Steine Gardens, right across the street from Brighton Pier. This historic park brings you to the Royal Pavillion, a larger-than-life palace that will amaze kids of all ages.

  • Preston Park: One of Brightons best parks is Preston Park, filled with playgrounds and flower gardens. Its the perfect location to have a picnic lunch and let your little ones run free.

  • Volks Electric Railway: Bring your kids aboard this Victorian train for a ride along the seafront.

How to Get There

Getting to Brighton is easy! You can pick up a rental car at the major airports. Even if youre staying close to the pier, a rental car from Gatwick or Heathrow will be convenient to explore the town and nearby scenic views along the coast. Its also the easiest way to store your luggage.

Parking in Brighton is easy as well. Youll have parking at many of the hotels on the list, as well as nearby car parks and street parking to take advantage of.

You can also take a train via Thameslink that will get you to Brighton quickly. Your other option is bus transportation via National Express.