Where to propose in Brighton? That’s the question – well not THE question, but definitely one that is at the forefront of your mind. The time has come and you’re on the hunt for the perfect places to propose in Brighton.
You know they’ll say yes: you’ve been talking about it for ages and they may have even made some casual comments about the kind of ring they like. But even knowing all that, popping that big question never seems to be any less stressful. You want it to be perfect.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’m a Brighton surprise proposal photographer and have been helping countless couples pop the big question.
Top 16 places to propose in Brighton for an epic “Yes!”
Brighton is a really lovely city with lots of places you could get down on one knee to propose to your one and only. To get a bit of privacy though, I’d suggest a weekday to help avoid crowds or venture a bit out of the city for a really romantic and excluded spot.
1. The Chattri Monument
Think Brighton Pavilion but set in the rolling South Downs. It’s a war memorial and very secluded. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and to spend a nice evening watching the sunset. There won’t be many crowds as it’s probably about a thirty minute walk – so do make sure you’re both wearing proper shoes.
2. Beachy Head and Seven Sisters
If you want a dramatic setting with waves clashing against some stunning cliffs at sunset, then Beachy Head is a fantastic spot to propose. In low tide you can walk out to the lighthouse as well. It’s a little further outside Brighton than the Seven Sisters, but I definitely recommend the extra 10 minute drive. Have a look at this Beachy Head to envision what your surprise proposal could look like!
3. Sheffield Park
Sheffield Park is in Uckfield – and less than 30 minutes from Brighton. You can easily spend all day here and it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic in the late spring and summer. Check out this blog post for some engagement photography at Sheffield Park to get a feel for the area. It is stunning!
4. Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean
Rottingdean is a gorgeous seaside village – and it’s just on the outskirts of Brighton. Kipling Gardens is right off the high street and is truly stunning. The gardens have lots of different areas to explore and isn’t busy most days. You can then meander down the high street and along the seafront for a lovely, romantic walk. I didn’t know about this place until I photographed a surprise proposal here, but it has now become one of my favourite spots for all types of sessions. It is honestly one of best places to propose in Brighton if you love pretty greenery and the sea.
5. A private booking at one of these Brighton restaurants
Restaurants are a tried and true approach for proposals. To make it extra special, book a small function room at a favourite restaurant, or go a bit earlier in the day for a private setting. You could even tell the restaurant ahead of time and they will probably pull out some extra stops to help you make the moment unforgettable.
6. South Downs
If you and your other half love a walk in the countryside, popping the question on the South Downs (or along any favourite walk, to be quite frank) is a lovely idea. Anywhere on South Downs makes for a beautiful backdrop for a proposal and timing it when the rapeseed or poppies are in bloom really makes for a beautiful setting. See this engagement photographed at Ditchling Beacon, this Hassocks engagement session at Jack and Jill Windmills, this wedding, this Newhaven engagement photography and this engagement session at Box Hill to see how pretty the South Downs are.
7. Devil’s Dyke
Devils Dyke is another gorgeous spot for a proposal on the South Downs with incredible views. Even on really foggy days the view can be incredible. Sometimes if you’re lucky, the fog settles below the hills so you’re in sunshine and literally above the clouds! To see some lovely pictures from this sunset proposal at Devil’s Dyke, follow this link.
8. A luxury hotel venue
A fancy hotel with fine dining is also an incredible choice for a romantic weekend getaway or just a lush meal. The great thing about some of these venues is they also host weddings, meaning this could also become your wedding venue when the day comes and thus the perfect place to have your anniversary for years to come – and that my friends, is forward thinking! Imagine always having the perfect place to return to in a pinch when you want to remind your partner of your love and reminisce.
Coordinate with the venue beforehand and let them know your plan, and they might even give you a private room like Buxted Park Hotel did for this proposal!
9. Block Bar for drinks
Block Bar is fantastic if you’re looking for a casual, yet trendy atmosphere for late afternoon drinks. The few times I’ve been during the day, it has been really quiet. The garden in the back is perfect for a proposal, as there is a wall that says “All I ever wanted was everything”. Queue the perfect lead into a proposal!
10. Beach Huts in Lancing
The beach huts are a popular choice for those visiting Brighton, but I’d recommend heading to Lancing instead for a proposal. They put the beach huts in Brighton and Hove to shame, in my humble opinion. They are really big, gorgeous and colourful. The walk along these is less crowded as well. You’d park right next to The Perch, which is a favourite of mine for a drink and piece of cake to celebrate (and I must add, their Ultimate Hot Chocolate is simply out of this world!).
11. Hove Park
If you want to propose in a park in Brighton, I recommend Hove Park. It is right by BASVIK college and has lovely gardens and an open air theatre. The park has some great views of the city and is a bit less crowded than other options.
12. Preston Park
Present Park is really big, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a secluded spot. The Rose Garden is a gorgeous choice in my opinion!
13. Brighton Pavillon
Brighton Pavillon is iconic and a gorgeous backdrop for your proposal. There is a lovely skating rink in winter and the gardens are really nice. This is a great spot if you don’t mind your proposal being done in public – or aim to do it before 10 AM and it should be pretty empty!
14. Brighton Pier
What’s more iconic than the Brighton Pavillon? The pier of course! Brighton has an amazing pier. You can enjoy some delightful treats, sunbath on some chairs or scream your heart out on the rides before taking the plunge and proposing!
14. Brighton seafront and promenade
Long walks on the beach are the stuff of romance, so why not propose and ask the big question on Brighton’s seafront? Brighton has a really cool promenade with lots of great places to grab a bite to eat and watch the sunset.
15. Brighton Band Stand
Brighton Bandstand on the seafront is also incredibly romantic with beautiful views. But it is a very popular spot for dancing, bands and yoga sessions – and it can be difficult to get much – if any privacy. When I’m photographing a proposal at the band stand, I always ask if the people on it wouldn’t mind stepping off when I see my couple approaching – and almost everyone does.
16. Leonardslee Lake and Gardens
Leonardslee Gardens has one of best luxury restaurants and is also a wedding venue. The gardens are massive, and honestly impeccable. Leonardslee Gardens in located in Horsham, and less than a thirty minute drive from Brighton. They have great events hosted throughout the year, such as the Illuminated event during December. Check out this proposal at Leonardslee Gardens for inspiration.
Best places to propose round-up
So that’s my list of the best places to propose in Brighton and surrounding Sussex countryside. We are in a truly beautiful part of the world with so many places to choose from. Where that begs the question, where will you propose?
Want to make the moment truly memorable? Book me as your surprise proposal photographer in Brighton. And if you and your other half later go on to book me as your wedding photographer, you’ll be eligible for a discount on your wedding collection.