2016 Conference - Best of Brighton

Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area have something for everyone to enjoy! For more information and to plan your visit check out VisitBrighton, the official tourism guide of Brighton & Hove. For city transport information please click here.


Brighton & Hove, one of Britain's liveliest cities, has a bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere that can't be found anywhere else in the UK. Combining the modern with the traditional, the city has a heritage that is rooted in the Regency era and is brought up to date with a unique cultural offer.

There's elegant Regency architecture, museums and galleries, great shopping, stylish cafés, bars and restaurants, glittering nightlife, arts and theatre and all the fun of the seaside.

Don't miss the Royal Pavilion, King George IV's seaside fantasy palace with its Indian domes and oriental interiors - Europe's most extraordinary royal palace. RES 2016 conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Pavilion during the drinks reception on Monday 21 March!

There's all the fun of the fair on Brighton Pier with its whirling Waltzers, fish & chips and candy floss. Stroll along the vibrant beachfront with its lively cafés and bars, pubs and clubs, Artists' and Fishing Quarters, beach volleyball court, children's play area and dramatic sculptures framing the sea views. Take in the views at Brighton’s latest attraction, Brighton Wheel, or visit Sea Life Brighton, one of the world’s oldest operating aquarium complete with Victorian arcade.

The city's made for walking, so explore the narrow alleys of the 17th century Lanes, a maze of smart shops selling antiques, jewellery and designer clothes, and the bohemian North Laine, full of unusual and eccentric shops selling everything from bonsai trees and bongos to oriental silks and far eastern furniture. Find all your favourite high street names under one roof at the award-winning Churchill Square shopping mall or discover the designer discount outlets at Brighton Marina.

The arts play a major part in city life especially in May when the Brighton Festival, England's largest international arts festival, attracts thousands of people to hundreds of events for 3 weeks. There's everything from contemporary dance to comedy, operas to exhibitions and circuses to street theatre. You can see pre and post-West End shows at the Theatre Royal, fringe at Komedia, classical concerts at the Brighton Dome and pop stars at the Brighton Centre.

The city's museums are treasure houses of inspiring objects from all eras and cultures. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery has undergone a £10 million development and now has dynamic and innovative new galleries. This will be the venue of the RES 2016 conference drinks reception!

Discover Brighton's origins at the Fishing Museum and its development at the 1820's Regency Town House, while a visit to Preston Manor gives a glimpse into the life of a prosperous Edwardian family and their servants. And there's always something happening on the seafront and in the streets - classic car rallies and cycle races, fun runs and French markets, parties and processions.

Brighton's nightlife is relaxed, with stylish bars, traditional pubs and the biggest selection of restaurants outside London - over 400 serving mouthwatering cuisine from around the world. There's live music nearly every night of the week and the club scene is legendary. Home to world famous DJs like Fatboy Slim, the clubs host some of the most exciting nights around.

A stone’s throw from campus, have a stroll in Stanmer park and stop for some refreshment at Stanmer House. The University of Sussex is perfectly situated in the Sussex Downs National Park, ideal for country walks. Devil’s Dyke offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, and one of England’s most colourful habitat. While under 10 minutes train journey from Falmer, you’ll find the picturesque town of Lewes, with the historic Lewes Castle and quirky antique shops.

Images courtesy of VisitBrighton

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