The city of Brighton and Hove is one of the most vibrant in the UK. Historically very tolerant and liberal, the city is very welcoming and friendly – a friendliness which extends to photography and photographers. You will find here an eclectic mix of people from almost any corner of the earth, resulting in inexhaustible opportunities for people, street and reportage-style photography.
Given Brighton’s coastal location, its history as a fishing village, and relatively recent promotion to city status, it is not surprising that a lot of its landmarks are concentrated along the seaside. For that reason, you might want to consider taking a long walk on the seafront, starting at Brighton Marina on to the west border of Hove, or vice versa. And to soak up the atmosphere of the city centre you could start by exploring the Lanes, move to the Royal Pavilion and its gardens, then to the North Laine area, on to Brighton Station, then walk down Queen’s Road to finish at Churchill Square. If you only have one day to visit, you can combine both walks to get a good sense of the city while taking scores of general snaps. It will be a tiring but satisfying day and you will get to see all of the most iconic stuff.
If you decide to only concentrate on the city itself, there is no need to rent a car, it can in fact be impractical, as parking in quite costly, and especially in the summer or during major events finding a space can be a challenge, and heavy traffic can make you want to pull your hair out. Brighton has excellent public transport, mostly buses and to some degree trains, which will let you reach all of the urban locations without a hitch.