Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Brighton (Kemp Town) East Sussex

Official

General

This city beach is a short walk from Brighton town centre. It is a shingle beach at east end of Brighton's sea front promenade (in Kemp Town, close to Brighton's Marina). Officially opened in 1980, this is one of the best known, most accessible, most public naturist beach in the UK - and with some consequent problems. Not, perhaps, the best environment in which to try naturism for the first time.

Access & Parking

Brighton may be reached with ease by all main means of transport. On reaching the seafront, turn left (east), go past the pier, and continue towards the marina. After Peter Pan's playground, cross the tracks of the minature Volk's Railway on to the beach.

"As you face Brighton pier, turn left and walk along the beach or road, until you come to bushes/park on your left. Directly on the right is the beach and the nudist boundary. If you walk along the road, you will have to cross over the railway line at some point (the Volk's Railway)."

"I think the following might be of use to other first time visitors. Drive towards the sea front and look out for 'To the marina' signs. Follow signs for the Marina or drive East (Left as you face the sea) through the centre of Brighton along the sea front keeping in to the right hand traffic lane. You will see signs for the Marina Village. Take this lane and then keep to the left lane as you do. Drive into the marina area and you are faced with a 9 level multi storey car park. When coming out of the car park, head out towards Asda and climb the stairs by the car wash. The beach is then in front of you. With the marina at your back walk West to the beach. The nudist beach is a few hundred yards from there and at the first stop of the little railway."

There is pay parking on Madeira Drive (the beach road), or park in the Marina, which has a large car park (the first few hours are free) and an Asda.

Description

The beach is of shingle and pebbles, with consequent discomfort. [redacted]

Facilities

Every facility you could possibly want - and more -can be found in Brighton. None are accessible, of course, without dressing

Official Designation

Situated to the east of Palace Pier between Peter Pan's playground and the marina, this short stretch of Brighton's pebbly foreshore entered the history books in 1979, when it was designated an official clothing-optional beach.

A vociferous "No" campaign was unable to persuade Brighton councillors that bathing in the altogether was a disgrace and, following a trip to the site by a working party, the 59-strong Tory controlled-council passed the proposal.

The campaign for Brighton's nudist beach was led by Councillor Eileen Jakes and, as a result, she was accused of "pandering to weirdos and perverts".

"I was told I should be ashamed of myself and that I was a horrible lady," said Ms Jakes, who got into naturism during holidays to the south of France.

Fellow town councillor John Blackman said the beach was a "flagrant exhibition of mammary glands".

"I personally have no objection to people showing their breasts and bosoms and general genitalia to one another," said Blackman. "Jolly good luck to them, but for heaven's sake, they should go somewhere more private."

Brighton's deputy Mayor Alfred Feld said: "It is a bold move ... but we feel we are just moving with the times".

Water Quality

The Environment Agency says: "Brighton Central bathing water typically achieves a high water quality standard. Surface water drains which discharge at various locations along the Brighton foreshore can lead to a lower standard of water quality after rainfall."

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Comments

Older Comments

Made my first visit to this iconic beach yesterday (21 August) and was surprised by how small it is! Yes, there are the inevitable gawkers - yesterday including young teen boys, embarrassed tourists, a young couple who marched right through glaring disapprovingly (didn't they read the signs?) a couple of weirdos circling those of us that were nude and a group of half a dozen young men, seemingly of south asian origin, who talked very loudly and gave off a rather uncomfortable vibe as they paraded along the berm and then crunched through our midst. This is pretty much what I had expected and, had it been Studland, I would have felt distinctly intimidated. As it was I and the other nude bods were comfortably within sight of the cliff face of grand Kemptown houses and I felt very safer and more comfortable (despite the stones) than on recent outings to more remote, but sandy, beaches. As a result I'd thoroughly recommend Brighton to anyone as a paradoxical naturist experience...

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