How Safe Is Brighton for Travel?

Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton is a city on the south coast of England and a popular seaside resort.

The city is more and more popular with media and music types who don’t tend to avoid living in the capital; for this reason, Brighton is sometimes called “London-by-the-Sea”.

It is also typically referred to as the gay capital of Britain.

Local people are friendly and open-minded (which are mostly a great blend of people from every corner of the world).

The weather is probably the best you can get in the UK, and the city is surrounded by nature (the South Downs).

It has a great nightlife and there are plenty of events of all kinds.

Warnings & Dangers in Brighton

Overall Risk


Overall, Brighton is a safe city to travel to. Crime rates are low and anything happening to you on the streets of Brighton is unlikely. The only issue to keep an eye on, apart from being vigilant for terrorist attacks, is petty theft and pickpocketing.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation in Brighton is very reliable and safe. However, be careful when taking a ride on the bus or a train, since they are frequented by pickpockets and thieves that might try to snatch your personal belongings.

Pickpockets Risk


Brighton being somewhat of a tourist destination in England, the chances of encountering a pickpocket are existant, especially junkies tend to do this. Be wary at subways and train stations, and keep your valuables tightly by your side to prevent someone snatching them.

Natural Disasters Risk


Brighton is not exposed to any type of natural disaster risks and there haven't been any natural disasters in its recent history.

Mugging Risk


As for muggings, Brighton is relatively safe. There haven't been many reports of someone being violently mugged or kidnapped, but some areas should be avoided. Ask local people or authorities about areas that you should skip, or that are considered dangerous.

Terrorism Risk


The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk


As in any city, especially those frequented by tourists, there are high chances of someone trying to scam you. Always double check your change, negotiate everything in advance and be wary of people trying to distract you are offering help with your luggage, as it might be a way to steal something from you.

Women Travelers Risk


Brighton is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Brighton Really?

Brighton is mostly safe to visit and you’ll probably have a smooth trip there.

There is a large LGBT community here and that may have paved the way to respect and tolerance for everyone.

However, it does have its problems and dangers.

Firstly, when it comes to crime – it’s not that common in Brighton, but avoid areas where you could get into trouble.

Avoid the back alleys and the neglected areas behind shops, as there could be drug addicts living back there, as well as the small park areas found near the seafront in town – you might step on a heroin needle or get disturbed by a homeless guy.

Also, avoid any of the main streets late at night, as people have been known to get mugged and stabbed there – albeit, these cases are very rare.

Do not walk on the undercliff when the sea is high or even moderate: a freak wave can carry you out to sea.

Take great care when driving on the A23 and A27, as there have been a lot of accidents.

If you are out and about in the early hours of the morning walk briskly and don’t get into unnecessary conversations with drunken strangers or simply get a night bus or a cab.

How Does Brighton Compare?

CitySafety Index
Northern Ireland56
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in Brighton. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in most cities in the country are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation.
  • Weather - The weather in Brighton is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
  • Airports - Brighton City Airport also commonly known as Shoreham Airport, is an airport located in the parish of Lancing in West Sussex, England.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Brighton, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Brighton Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 8° C
May 12° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 17° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 5° C
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8 Reviews on Brighton

  1. V
    Vivienne Pagay says:

    One of the best places in the World ,

    Wonderful town everyone’s so friendly and helpful. So diverse and great for every age group. many things to see and do the lanes are great. Many wonderful places to eat the foods wonderful. many wonderful site to see just a short bus ride or car trip away. Night lifes rocking I love this City; I have been all over the World this is my top 5 places I would love to live.

  2. P


    I’ve lived in Brighton for many years and I’m also familiar with most of the cities featured on this website. Most of the apparent facts are innacurate and absurd to the point of comedy. 17 degrees Celsius in July? More like 27! Car accidents on roads? What? Washed away by waves? What? Drug addicts and stepping on needles? What? On the Inverness page, advice for women about violence in Dublin which is in another country as well as being untrue. What honestly is the point of this mad website. You might as well include the village of Chipping Sodbury and warn against being mauled by a field mouse. Anyone who takes this site seriously should stay at home. You’re the dangerous one!

  3. Men shaggers

    I visited recently but was disgusted to see young men copulating with each other in side streets. I wonder if this is an English tradition as I have never experienced such filth in Auchtermuchty.

  4. B
    Barnaby Budget says:

    Watch your back

    Please avoid if the football team are playing. They are not very good so the locals get angry and throw their toys out of their handbags. Not pretty to see, however similar to the extensive transvestites who frequent the harbour area. I think the freaks from London live here.

  5. Q
    Quentin says:

    Brighton Rocks

    Brighton is brilliant for homo and trans fun. Very safe, never seen any trouble.

  6. B
    Bumto Thewall says:


    Please ensure you guard your back passage if visiting here. There will undoubtedly be a load of interest in it by the locals. Do not bend down to tie your laces in public, schoolboy error!

  7. Lovely toilets

    Some of these previous posts are ridiculous. I have not seen any evidence of Brighton being a Sodom and Gomorrah. I am however vision impaired. People very friendly and often take my arm when I visit a public loo.

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