East of the city centre and stretching as far as Brighton Marina, Kemp Town is a flamboyant mix of grand seafront crescents, elegant squares and a bustling High Street shopping area with a lively village feel.

The History

Thomas Read Kemp (1782-1840) took over 30 years to complete the magnificent Kemp Town estate. As a result, Kemp Town soon became one of the most desirable areas of the town and home to many famous residents from Lewis Carrol and Vita Sackville-West to the Sixth Duke of Devonshire. Conversions of grand Regency buildings into flats and bars has provided Kemptown with some distinctive properties.


Once into Kemp Town village, elegant eateries and cosy pubs sit alongside delicious delis and lifestyle shops. Back towards town, check out St James’s Street, with its quirky mix of second-hand book stores, interiors, delis.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital can be found in Kemptown.

Getting there

A number of bus services operate through Kemptown, and the Volk’s Electric Railway passes the area along the beach. 

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