Sport in & around Brighton
Brighton Racecourse is a mile away from the centre, with the main meeting being the Brighton Festival held over 3 days in August.
Sussex County Cricket Club play at the County Cricket Ground in the nearby town of Hove, with the Eastbourne International tennis event played 19 miles away from Brighton and attracts a number of high profile players as they warm up for Wimbledon.
Getting to Brighton
Air: The closest airport to Brighton is Gatwick Airport, approximately 30 minutes away from train.
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Bus: Brighton and Hove buses have a number of services across the area.
Coach: National Express coaches depart from and arrive at Pool Valley in the centre of Brighton. There are services every hour to London and take about 2 hours.
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Train: Brighton station has services to many UK destinations, with trains to London taking just under an hour.
Where to Stay
I’ve previously stayed at the budget-friendly Russell Guest House for £33 for a twin room. Having read reviews beforehand, my expectations were extremely low and I booked merely thinking its just a bed for the night.
Yes there was mold on the ceiling and the check-in process was relatively strange (there is no reception, you receive a code via text/email to access the building and your key is in the door to your room) but as I mentioned above, my sole intention was to watch the football and the hotel served its purpose of giving me a bed for the night.
If you’re looking for luxury look elsewhere, but if you’re happy with somewhere central to put your head for the night, this cheap and cheerful option will do the trick.
Food & Drink
From my research beforehand, there didn’t look like much on offer in area around the Amex stadium for a drink and some grub.
Therefore I stuck to the city centre and checked out the cheap, cheerful and reliable option of the local Wetherspoons for pre-match food & drink, The Post & Telegraph. Hey, who can complain with a chicken wrap and pint of Heineken for £5.65?
If you’re in the centre of Brighton, looking for a place for a drink you could do worse. Plenty of space and both sets of fans appeared to be welcome. There is another Wetherspoons just down the road, The Bright Helm, which I did utilise for breakfast the next day. However, I’d stick with The Post & Telegraph for a pre-match.
Brighton is known for its nightlife and has plenty of bars on offer, I wouldn’t however be able to tell you what any of them are called. I did however stumble across a Walkabout, which at midday on a Tuesday was dead, however I can imagine on a usual match day, with prices so cheap, there would be plenty of fans around. Or if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the evening football after a match, there was plenty of screens around to show live sport.
What to do in Brighton
Think of Brighton and you think of the seaside and the city’s bohemian culture. There is of course Brighton Pier just off the famous pebbly beach, with its old school amusement arcades and candy floss.
In land, there are The Lanes and North Laine, a quirky area with cafes, restaurants, boutiques and independent shops. This leads up to the spectacular palace of the Royal Pavilion.