City Guide


City Overview

About the City

Brighton is a vibrant city located on the south coast in the county of East Sussex renowned for its aura of creativity, tolerance and its local attractions. From its Royal Palace to its spectacular beach and colourful Lanes, the city has endless wonders to be explored.

Economy and Employment

Brighton’s economy is driven by four key sectors: digital, cultural and creative, environmental and health & life sciences. As one of the most creative and vibrant areas in Europe, the city is also recognised for its strong digital community. The city is also popular with environmental businesses due to its prime coastal location and access to natural assets.


Brighton is perfect to explore by foot, as the cities railway station is 10 minutes from the city centre and the seafront is just a few steps away from the main shops, hotels, and nightlife. Brighton’s extensive public transport network means you can easily make your way around the city. Brighton has many environmentally friendly local buses, as well as a direct 60-minute train service to and from London. Cycling in the city is also safe and enjoyable with official cycle zones that are free of traffic.


The city is home to two leading universities: the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.


Brighton is the perfect place for retail therapy with shopping facilities for everyone’s style. For a more original shopping experience spend an afternoon exploring Brighton’s colourful Lanes where you can lose yourself in gorgeous antique shops and designer boutique fashion. Alternatively, for high street brands and big shopping malls, head to the modern Churchill Square and Brighton Marina shopping centres.

Leisure and Recreation

Between nature, culture and shopping there are endless ways to spend your time in Brighton. Take a trip 450 feet in the air on British Airways i360 and view some of Brighton’s iconic attractions from the sky. Alternatively, you can visit the Royal Pavilion, a one-of-a-kind palace, with Indian inspired exterior and Chinese inspired interior. Enjoy a traditional family day out at the beach where you can enjoy water sports in the sea or take a stroll along the neon pier. Brighton is also known for coming alive at night with live music, theatre and comedy shows and night clubs.


In Brighton there are hotels to suit every taste and budget. Whether you are looking for a lavish sea-view suite to complete your luxury weekend break or something unique like a boutique hotel with vintage boudoir rooms, Brighton provides accommodation answers for every type of trip.

City Key Facts & Figures





GVA (Billions)

£ 1,756


Working Population



Employment Rate


Top 5 Business Sectors in Brighton


Business Count by Size (%)


Key Employers

Employment by Occupation (%)


Local Transport

  • Brighton Station
  • Hove Station
  • Brighton City Airport
  • Gatwick Airport

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