Brighton & Hove Downs

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Historic and hedonistic, elegant and offbeat, the seaside city of Brighton and Hove makes a perfect base for exploring this area of the South Downs. The countryside is just minutes away from the city centre by bus or bike, and you can be enjoying the views from high up on Devil’s Dyke in no time.

Nature reserves close by include Castle Hill and Ditchling Beacon, both home to orchids, butterflies and many species of birds, and in spring, Butcher’s Wood near Hassocks is famous for its bluebells.

Children in Ditchling Beacon
Ditchling Beacon. Photo:Countryside Agency

Nearby are picturesque villages, including Clayton, with its landmark Jack and Jill windmills, and historic Ditchling, a magnet for artists since the 1920s, and traditional country pubs serving great food and real ales.

The City of Brighton has many historic places to visit, including the Royal Pavilion, King George IV’s extravagant seaside palace; Preston Manor, an Edwardian house which evokes a vanished era both ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’, and 13 Brunswick Square, a restored Regency townhouse. For more information on attractions in Brighton and Hove, please

Useful Links

Brighton & Hove City Council – lots of information on what to do to help you enjoy a visit to Brighton – everything you need to know about Brighton and Hove from eating out to shopping.

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