Brighton is one of the most vibrant, colourful and creative cities in Europe. Cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it's a city like no other.
Voted Britain’s Friendliest City 2009, it nestles between the South Downs & the sea on the stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool.
A fantastic mix of iconic attractions, famed nightlife, award winning restaurants, funky arts, culture & year round festivals & events Brighton really does have it all - so much so that it’s been given the nickname of “London On The Sea”.
Brighton is located just 37Kms from Gatwick airport with Heathrow at 77Kms and Stansted at 199Kms. Although we would be able to organise transport for each country there is a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Brighton Train station that takes 30 minutes and costs approximately 10 Euros.
European teams wishing to bring their cars can use one of the many car ferries to Britain or the Seacat as Brighton is approximately 2 hours driving time from the ferry ports of Dover and Folkestone, and only 30 minutes from Newhaven. Also, a simple trip by minibus or car by Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone (channel crossing time only 35 minutes) is an ideal budget way to bring the team across.
Located on England's southeast coast, less than 96Kms (50 Minutes) from the bustling city of London, Brighton is a chic seaside town with a distinctly bohemian atmosphere. Brighton is particularly popular among the artistic crowd, and several theatrical events and festivals are held there throughout the year.
Along the seafront, there are several traditional fish and chip shops and souvenir stands. The Victorian-style Brighton Pier juts out into the English Channel and is full of restaurants and amusement arcades that cater mostly to children and families. And forget sandy beaches. Brighton's beach consists of pebbles. Although it may not be the most comfortable place for sunbathing, it is the perfect place for taking an afternoon stroll.
For a look at what lives under the sea, Brighton's Sea Life Centre is the place to go. The Sea Life Centre has been around in some form since 1872 and now houses 150 species of sea creatures native to British waters, including sea turtles, sharks, and sea horses. The Sea Life Centre is especially popular with children and is a perfect way to spend a rainy day.
Aside from its many seaside delights, Brighton is also home to some historic treasures. The Royal Pavilion brings a touch of royalty to the seaside. Once the seaside retreat of the Prince Regent (who later became King George IV), the exterior of this 19th century pleasure palace bears a striking resemblance to some of India's most magnificent palaces. Inside, the Royal Pavilion is decorated with ostentatious displays of Oriental design.
Brighton, like its neighbour London, has a trendy fashion district with several high-end shops – as well as many well-known retail chains – to choose from. The Lanes is Brighton's historic centre and features a maze of narrow alleyways lined with shops selling antiques, jewellery, perfume, and designer clothing. The Lanes also has a variety of cafés and coffee shops.
Brighton has an active nightlife that rivals that of London. There are several pubs, bars, and nightclubs to choose from, and visitors can almost always be guaranteed to find live music somewhere in town.
Brighton is a pleasant town to explore on foot, but for those rainy English days, the city also has a good bus system. Buses and trains also link Brighton to London and other neighbouring towns and cities.
Along Brighton’s seafront there are many hotels that total over 10,000 bedrooms within a 20 minute walk from the Brighton Centre where the World Cup will be based.