Stretched out along the nearest south-facing beach to London, Brighton is a complex mix of urban and seaside, kiss-me-quick fun and bohemian style. It may be London-by-the-sea but, to the north, it gives way to open countryside remarkably quickly and, for campers, Brighton has plenty of options. There are heaps of great campsites in the South Downs National Park, just to the north of town, offering nights under canvas and starry skies all within easy reach of the urban, seaside bustle. Discover the best places to pitch your tent now and plan your great seaside escape.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a camping or glamping site among the grand Victorian buildings of Brighton seafront or in the urban sprawl behind – but look a little further afield and you’ll find some of our favourite places to pitch a tent. The city of Brighton and Hove sits on the southern edge of East Sussex - a county with more than its fair share of great camping and glamping sites. Plenty of them are within easy reach of Brighton which means spending time in this lively city can be complemented by nights under canvas. One of the closest places to pitch up for a camping trip near Brighton is up on the South Downs. The downs are a chalky ridge of hills that run from Winchester, to the west of Brighton, all the way to Eastbourne where they meet the sea. Sitting proudly behind Brighton, they are part of the designated South Downs National Park and home to fine walking, cycling and camping country. Beyond the hills, the neighbouring counties of East Sussex and West Sussex are patched with farmland, woodland and heathland – including the Ashdown Forest. It’s a popular place for camping as it is easily reached from Brighton, London and even Gatwick Airport. It’s pretty well served by public transport too so you don’t need to have a car to go camping here. Such demand helps keep standards high and there are some magical sites from back-to-basics woodland sites to truly quirky glamping pads.
Whether you fancy a dip in the sea, a day of shopping, sightseeing or a mooch around a museum – Brighton is happy to oblige! It’s got everything from the amusements and fun fair rides of its famous pier and prom to the historic Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum. The independent shops and eateries of The Laines are a big draw for shoppers while the Sea Life Centre offers a great place for a rainy day-out during a camping holiday. There’s never a dull day in this colourful city with a reputation for being inclusive and alternative, as festivals and events take place throughout the year. The annual Brighton Festival in May, Brighton & Hove Pride in August and events at Brighton Dome bring thousands to visit the city. Camping or glamping near Brighton can give you access to these events but still offer a quiet base that won’t break the bank – a seaside city break with a difference!
From the local Sussex coastline to the hills of the South Downs National Park, discover the best campsites within easy reach of Brighton with this curated collection. Live the outdoors life and camp under the stars by night, while enjoying easy access to town and all the fun of the seaside by day.