Welcome to Brighton (and Hove!) – this seaside city is a hub of things happening all the time. We know how daunting it can be when you’re new to a city – so we’ve put together this quick guide to help you get started in this magical place!
1) Go for a walk!
The best way to learn about the city of Brighton is to walk. Take a stroll along the seafront, from the beach huts in Hove, all the way to the Marina and just take in the beautiful Victorian Architecture! Or how about heading to Preston Park, the Rock Gardens, Hove Park, the Level, or the tons of other green spaces tucked away throughout the city. You could even just head up to Seven Dials and discover a whole new route into a host of entirely different zones you otherwise could miss.
Just remember, Brighton is small – you can always find something worthwhile by just taking a stroll!
2) Get some culture!
Brighton Museum covers the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, Preston Manor and The Booth Museum – so there’s something for everyone. Brighton Museum is free for Brighton and Hove Residents, and Hove Museum and The Booth Museum both offer free admission. Although it costs to get inside the Royal Pavilion, it’s a must (especially if you have family visiting!).
Also, it may seem a little cheesy – but go play on the Pier. Nothing beats wasting a couple of hours playing on the 2p machines!
If movies are more your thing – make sure you go to The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, which lays claim to being the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain!
3) See some live music!
Of course, music is what has brought you to Brighton – so seeing some live music in your first few weeks is a must! Brighton is bursting with music venues, catering to all different musical tastes – so you’re guaranteed to find something you enjoy!
From big venues like The Brighton Centre and Brighton Dome (which by the way, is where ABBA won Eurovision back in 1974 – find the Blue Plaque), to the smaller, more intimate venues like The Hope & Ruin, The Prince Albert, and The Green Door Store (to name a few!) – there genuinely is something for everyone! During Freshers’ Week, there will be gigs in across the city just for you – so that’s always a good place to start!
Brighton is a shoppers dream, whether you’re looking for vintage, or new – you’ll find it all, and all quite close together. Churchill Square, Western Road, and North Street are where to start if you’re looking for the brands you know.
If you’re looking for something a little different, head into North Laine – it’s vintage shop heaven and a haven for more alternative brands. You definitely need to pop into Snoopers Paradise (though maybe give yourself a good chunk of time…) Beyond Retro and To Be Worn Again are great for getting your vintage finds!
If you’re more into thrifty shopping and love a good charity shop – head to London Road in Brighton, or George Street in Hove.
As for music stores – if it’s equipment you’re looking for, most will make a beeline for GAK, which is always a great start. If you’re looking to expand your Vinyl collection, Resident, Bella Union, and Vinyl Revolution are all worth checking out! Snoopers Paradise also stock a lot of old records!
Oh. My. God, there are so many good food places here in Brighton, catering for all dietary requirements – which makes it hard to recommend on a place to go. Just try them all!
A good way to try new places in Brighton is to use the Wriggle App – here you can get great deals, and try different places that maybe you wouldn’t have gone to before!
Also, the Too Good To Go app is another way to try new places, and save the cash!
This guide just brushes the surface – but most people at BIMM here in Brighton love the city – so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations for gigs, music shops, food, whatever! Next year you’ll be the expert for the new Freshers’.