The Victorian period Brighton Palace Pier

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  • Brighton


If it's true that seaside towns are quiet and subdued during the winter months, then Brighton must surely be an exception. Dominated by the onion shaped domes of its Asian-inspired Pavilion, the Victorians turned the city into a stylish resort, with rows and rows of white terraces, two ornate piers and a pleasant promenade. Sadly, one of the piers has gone, but Brighton is still the Londoners' favourite local beach. In fact the city can boast its own huge wealth of culture, arts and entertainment options. Not just that; Brighton is home to the biggest LGBT community outside London, with a thriving and exciting scene year-round and Brighton Pride is possibly one of the largest LGBT events in Europe.

Most LGBT bars are located to the east of the Palace Pier, in the Kemptown area, but if travelling in the summer don't miss a trip to the nudist beach close to the Marina.


Gaytway Guide to Brighton

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

  • Legends Hotel

    Legends Hotel offers great accommodation with different options from those who just want a crash pad to those who like a sea-view stunning suite. 

    The Amsterdam Hotel

    The Amsterdam Hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant Kemptown, a place best known for its bohemian culture.

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    • Kemptown Charm
    • Many of the gay bars & clubs are in the Kemptown area, a stretch along the seafront just east of the Palace Pier. It is a lovely old area, which is full of interesting buildings and terraces, as well as small cottages.

    • The Palace Pier
    • One of the most recognisable landmarks of Brighton, the Palace Pier – now called Brighton Pier has a rich history and first opened in 1899. Along the pier visitors find the quintessential British seaside fare, such as gaming arcades, rides, cafes and eateries. And plenty of twinkling lights.

    • The Royal Pavilion
    • Another landmark of the city, the Pavilion with its distinctive onion-shaped domes and minarets is a royal residence whose construction began in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century. Inside you can admire some stunning salons and rooms, richly decorated.

    • The Lanes
    • The lanes are a picturesque and historical area of the city, characterised by narrow alleys and small squares, flanked by small shops and boutiques, as well as bars & cafes. For more eclectic and alternative shopping head to the North Lanes, which have a hippier edge.

    • Brighton i360
    • The British Airways i360 is the newest attraction in Brighton and has been designed and engineered by the team responsible for the London Eye. It is also the world's first vertical cable car and the world's tallest moving observation tower. The platform brings visitors 162 metres high over the seafront promenade for some amazing views of the coast.
  • Bar Broadway

    A Musical Theatre Cabaret Bar.

    Bar Revenge

    Bar Revenge is the Club Revenge’s little sister, transforming from a friendly attitude-free place to meet and chat to a lively pre-clubbing hot-spot, with a party vibe ’til late on the nights when her big sister isn’t open.


    Brighton's premier bar in lively Kemptown since 1979.

    Camelford Arms

    A community pub in the heart of Kemptown and a favourite of the bears' community.

    Charles Street & Envy Club

    Welcome to Charles Street Bar and Club Brighton's premier gay venue.

    Doctor Brightons

    Doctor Brighton’s is the City’s most treasured secret.

    Legends Bar & Basement Club

    The Legends complex offers accommodation, bar & restaurant in central Brighton, close to the famous Palace Pier.

    Queens Arms

    As camp as it can possibly get. Brighton's best & most popular cabaret.

    The A Bar

    Situated on the Seafront in the heart of Kemptown, opposite Brighton's famous Palace Pier.

    The Zone

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    A fun and friendly bar situated in the heart of the gay village of Kemptown. With live entertainment every weekend.
  • Club Revenge

    Club Revenge is the the place to let your hair down and party hard. The biggest and most famous gay club in the south of England outside London.

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