Photo of the Brighton Pavilion. Photo of the Brighton Pavilion.

Described by many as the hippest place in the UK, Brighton is the seaside city full of quirky shops, bohemian vibes and great restaurants. Once you’ve marvelled at the landmarks, notably the Royal Pavilion – an exuberant party palace – and taken a few snapshots by Brighton Pier; go take in the sights and sounds of the city by exploring some of these great accessible venues.

Places to stay with good access

Just as any good seaside resort should have, Brighton has lots of accessible places to stay! Many of the hotels are within a stone’s throw of Brighton’s most famous attractions, including the Brighton Pier itself. Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel has been rated 5 stars by one reviewer who said that staff were excellent and "very accommodating". Another beachside hotel to try is The Brighton Hotel, an old Victorian Building on Kings Road. This hotel has been rated 4 star by one reviewer who told us there was, "a portable ramp on request to enter the hotel".

Photo of the Old Ship Hotel.

If you want to stay in a hotel that has been popular with celebrity guests, head to the Old Ship Hotel, a historic Georgian establishment with an alfresco terrace on the promenade. Prince Regent, the royal behind the famous Pavilion, had his birthday party here in 1819! This hotel will place water bowls, beds and treats for assistance dogs in bedrooms if required; and they also list large print and easy read formats of their printed material.

Another elegant hotel on the seafront is the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Here you can enjoy Sunday jazz lunches and contemporary dining. One reviewer gave this hotel 4.5 stars saying, "this is a grand hotel from a time gone by" and that it is "very pleasant with easy wheelchair access".

Photo of the lobby at YHA Birmingham.

If you’re holidaying on a budget, YHA Brighton is listed on Euan’s Guide saying, ‘the main entrance from the road is level’, and that ‘there is step-free access to all ground floor facilities and we have a lift which serves all floors’.

Getting around by bus

Brighton is served by Brighton & Hove Buses which is a fleet of easy to access and eco-friendly buses that are part of the Helping Hand scheme. This scheme helps bus drivers to help passengers who require disabled access. The buses will also arrange visits for passengers who want to test out accessibility before boarding and using the buses around the city. They are listed on Euan’s Guide saying, ‘in the event that we cannot accommodate a user of an approved wheelchair, we will call a complimentary taxi’.

Things to do around Brighton

A trip to Brighton would not be complete without a visit to the Royal Pavilion! The extravagant palace is ‘remarkable for its exotic Indian-inspired architecture contrasted with lavish oriental interiors’. The Pavilion is listed on Euan’s Guide saying that BSL interpreted tours can be booked for the attraction.

Inside the Royal Pavilion garden is Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, telling stories about Brighton and the rest of the world. The museum is listed saying, ‘all areas of the museum are accessible for wheelchair users and for people with limited mobility’; and that ‘tactile tours can be booked for groups of visually impaired visitors, and sign language interpreted group tours are available for the hard of hearing’.

To get a birds-eye view of the city, you can scale the British Airways i360 in a glass pod. One visitor said it was: "very spacious taking two wheelchairs on each ride, with plenty of room to move around, particularly when quiet."

If you're into sport, the American Express Community Stadium which is home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club has been rated 5 stars on Euan's Guide. One football fan said it was a: "fantastic stadium with outstanding accessibility."

Accessible cafes and restaurants

Photo of Alfresco.

Brighton has plenty of good bars, restaurants and cafes to explore! For a daytime treat, head to The Grand where you can indulge in a seafood afternoon tea. One reviewer gave The Grand 5 stars saying it has: "excellent choice of access, there is a lift at the front of the hotel operated by the staff, or access through the car park into the hotel. Help was readily available".

If you’re in the mood for Italian food by the seaside, there are lots of restaurants to choose from! Jamie’s Italian has been rated 5 stars by one reviewer who described it as, "a great restaurant for wheelchair users, strongly recommended".

Al Duomo Italian Restaurant can be found in the centre of Brighton and is in a good location for dining out before a show. They are listed on Euan’s Guide saying, "both entrances to the restaurant are easily accessible from the street on a wide pedestrianised walkway".

Where to go in the evening

Photo of Theatre Royal.

Catch a show at the Brighton Centre, a 5 star rated auditorium with accessible viewing platforms and box offices with low level counters and hearing loops. One reviewer gave this venue 4.5 stars who said that "on entering the centre the facilities were excellent". Alternatively, the Theatre Royal which is a grade II listed building is one of the oldest working theatres in the country. It runs various accessible performances including Captioned, Relaxed, Audio Described and Signed shows. The Brighton Dome is another iconic music and arts venue which reviewed by one visitor who joined a backstage tour:

"A backstage tour of Brighton's top music and arts venue - and all wheelchair accessible. I got the sense that they genuinely try to accommodate everyone for shows and gigs. If you have a special requirement, just ask them."

If you’d rather see a film, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is ‘the UK’s oldest operating cinema’ and has subtitled screenings on Thursday afternoons. They are also listed saying, "we have a ramp into the venue itself and then a ramp all the way through to the auditorium. We have four disabled seats available which can be taken out of the screen".

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Last Updated - May 2017