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 doesn’t seem to feel any less stressful.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’m a Brighton surprise proposal photographer (hey I’ve done two in Brighton and two abroad, so that makes it an official title right?)
Top 13 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 pop the big question. 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. A private booking at a Brighton restaurant
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.
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. When I did an engagement photography session at Sheffield Park, my couple and I only explore maybe 10% of the park and were there for well over an hour!
4. Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean
Despite its name, Rottingdean is a gorgeous seaside village – and it’s just on the outskirts of Brighton. Kipling Gardens is right of 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 actually photographed a surprise proposal here and definitely recommend it!
5. 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 make the drive.
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 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 foggy days the view can be incredible. Check out this shot I took on my phone a few years ago!
8. 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!
9. 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 way 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!).
10. 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.
11. 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!
12. Brighton Pavillon
Brighton Pavillon is iconic and a gorgeous backdrop for your proposal. There is a lovely skating rink here in winter and the gardens are really nice. This is a great spot if you don’t mind your proposal being done in public.
13. 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.
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