Brighton is an amazing city to visit - we've previously written about the amazing North Laine area, which is a haven for shopping and going out. Rottingdean is a step down in pace from North Laine, but is still a great area to visit if that's the sort of vibe you're looking for. It's also technically an entire village, and definitely has a different feel to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.
We wanted to publish a guide about what there is to see and do in this area, updated for anyone planning to visit in 2023. Let's get into it:
Where is Rottingdean?
You'll find Rottingdean a couple of miles to the east of central Brighton. The village borders the villages of Saltdean, Ovingdean and Woodingdean. Walking from the city centre to Rottingdean shouldn't take much longer than 90 minutes, but you can follow The Undercliff Walk which starts at Brighton Pier and takes you all the way to the village.
What is there to see and do within the Rottingdean area?
St Margaret's Church
Beacon Hill Nature Reserve
This beautiful 45-acre area is an excellent place to head for a walk with amazing sea views.
The old Windmill (pictured) dates from the early 1900s and is very interesting to see up close. In the summer months the area is littered with beautiful wildflowers. You can easily reach this nature reserve by foot from the centre of Rottingdean, so if you've got the time we'd highly recommend a visit.
Because of the proximity to the sea and how open this area is, it can get really windy here (hence the windmill), so make sure you dress up warm!
This beach isn't huge by any means, but it is lovely to explore and the views out to sea are amazing on a sunny day. It's a pebble beach and features some large rocks which can be climbed on (carefully!), and there are some really interesting features along the beach including leftovers of the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway. As we say, it's a quiet beach but if that's what you're looking for, it makes for a great alternative to the busier Brighton beach.
It might not be as vast as the sea, but this ancient pond is lovely to walk around. It's just next to The Grange so you won't miss it if you're heading there.
Visit the shops
Despite being a small area, Rottingdean has some excellent shops to visit - Devesons is a lovely little fruit and veg shop with lots of fresh produce, but it's the quirky shops like Arcadia, Pop Cycle, and the Rottingdean Emporium & Gallery where you might find a fun gift to buy someone.