Getting to your event

This year the British Science Festival is being held across three sites in Brighton:

The day programme events are being held in:
University of Sussex Falmer Campus
University of Brighton Falmer Campus

The evening and Saturday programme events are being held in venues across:
Brighton city centre

There are trains, buses and taxis available between the city centre and the Falmer campuses. Please note, there is a short 15 minute walk between the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex Falmer Campuses. Alternatively, there are bus services between the two. Detailed travel information is available in the Getting to the Festival section below.


You can view What’s On here and book your tickets online. In order to streamline the booking process, there will be no printing facilities on site this year. Please print your tickets in advance, or present your ticket via mobile devices by showing your e-ticket or confirmation email.

For new bookings, there will be a Box Office located on each of the three sites of the Festival. If you book tickets at the Box Office and do not have access to an internet-enabled mobile device, the Box Office staff will assist you with your tickets.

Box Office locations:
• University of Sussex Falmer Campus Box Office, located at Attenborough Centre (opening hours 10.30 – 16.30)
• University of Brighton Falmer Campus Box Office, located in the Checkland Building Atrium (opening hours 11.00 – 16.00)
• city centre Box Office, located on New Road (opening hours 11.00 – 21.00)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to minimise disruption to speakers during their talk, you will unfortunately not be able to enter an event more than 15 minutes past the advertised start time.


Getting to The Festival

Getting to Brighton city centre


The Festival is taking place in Brighton city centre and the Falmer Campuses of the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

Driving to Brighton city centre from London or the North

The journey from London to Brighton is approximately 50 miles and should take around 90 minutes, depending on the traffic. Take the A23/M23 south until you reach Brighton.

Driving to Brighton city centre from Kent and the South East

Use the A27 if you are travelling to Brighton from the East or West.

Journey times from ferry port in Dover or the Eurotunnel in Folkestone are around 2 hours:

  • Follow signs to the M20 towards London.
  • Leave the M20 at junction 3, then join the M26 signposted Gatwick, Heathrow, M25.
  • Continue forward onto the M25 to Gatwick Airport.
  • Leave the M25 at junction 7, then keep left to join the M23 signposted Brighton.
  • Continue forward at junction 11 onto the A23.

For more detailed,or alternative routes to Brighton, visit the AA Route Planner website.

Parking in Brighton

There are 600 spaces at Brighton Station, although it is normally busy on Saturdays. Details of how to pay by phone are displayed in the car park.

Coach travel to Brighton city centre from the London and South East Airports

Regular National Express coaches serve Brighton from the main London Airports of Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.

Coaches arrive at Pool Valley Coach Station, which is very central and close to the beach and Brighton Pier.

Full information is available on the National Express website.

Trains to Brighton city centre

Trains to Brighton city centre from London and the South East

Trains from London to Brighton depart from several central London stations. The direct trains from London Victoria take 52 minutes, from London Bridge take 58 minutes and from London St Pancras take 1 hour 16 minutes.

The key rail operators to Brighton are Southern and Thameslink. Trains to Brighton arrive at the mainline station on Queens Road.

Central Brighton is easily walkable (about 10 minutes) from Brighton station. If you require a bus or taxi, these are both available at the front of the station.

Brighton is also very accessible by train from major towns along the South Coast and Kent.

For information participating operators in the PLUSBUS discount ticket scheme, which provides unlimited travel around the origin and/or destination of your rail journey, visit the following link.

Trains to Brighton city centre from the London Airports


Trains to Brighton from Gatwick take around 30 minutes direct and run regularly.


You can take the London Underground to London Victoria and connect with a mainline train to Brighton. Alternatively, the Heathrow Express goes to Paddington and then you can take the Underground to Victoria. Journey time takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, depending on your route and connections.


Trains to Brighton from Stansted take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The journey involves two changes, usually at Tottenham Hale for an Underground train to Victoria, where you connect with a mainline train to Brighton.


First Capital Connect offers a regular and direct service to Brighton, which takes approximately 2 hours.

Getting to the Falmer Campuses

The Falmer Campuses of the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton

Falmer is located is on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes, about four miles from the centre of Brighton. There are bus, train and taxi services readily available.


Taxi services are available from Brighton city centre station to the Falmer Campuses and will cost between £20-£30.


There are regular buses from the city centre to the Falmer Campuses.

The 23, 25, 25X, 28 and 29 buses run between the centre of Brighton and the campuses.

The 25 buses run from Palmeira Square in Hove, through Churchill Square and the Old Steine in Brighton, into the campuses.

The 23 route runs from Brighton Marina in the east, through Hanover, into the campuses.

The 28 and 29 go from Churchill Square and stop outside the University campuses.

Some 5B (Hollingbury) and 50 (Hollingdean) buses also run to the campuses.

Travel time between the campus and Brighton is about 20 minutes. See bus timetables and information.


You can reach the Falmer Campuses directly from Brighton Station and Lewes Station if you are coming from the east. Falmer Station is centred between Brigthon and Sussex Falmer campuses. Follow signs to either the University of Brighton or the University of Sussex
See National Rail Enquiries for train times.


There is public parking available at the AMEX stadium from Tuesday 5 September to Friday 8 September. Please note there is no parking availble here on Saturday 9 September, as there is a game at AMEX which may also affect traffic.

From Brighton city centre

The University of Sussex is on the north side and the University of Brighton is on the south side of the A27.

From London and the north

Take the M23/A23 road towards Brighton. Before you enter Brighton, join the A27 eastbound signposting Lewes. If you’re travelling from the east or west, take the A27 direct to the University.

Getting Between UoB and US Falmer Campuses

There is a short signposted 15 minute walk between the Sussex and Brighton Falmer Campuses. See below for alternative travel options:


There will be dedicated free Festival shuttle bus service between the two Falmer Campuses throughout the days of the Festival, Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 September.

Free Shuttle Bus Departure Times (wheelchair accessible):

University of Brighton Falmer Campus: 11:10|12:10|13:10|14:10|15:10|16:10|17:10

Falmer Train Station: 11:15|12:15|13:15|14:15|15:15|16:15|17:15

University of Sussex Falmer Campus: 11:40|12:40|13:40|14:40|15:40|16:40|17:40

The buses are scheduled to arrive at each Campus 10mins prior to the start of the Campus events but please note this is subject to traffic conditions.


All University of Brighton and University of Sussex Falmer Campus venues as well as most of the Brighton city centre venues are wheelchair accessible and have a hearing loop system.

Due to existing restrictions, please note that the below Brighton city centre venues are not wheelchair accessible:

  • One Church Brighton



    The Lanes


    The Sewers


    The Waste House, Grand Parade

For further details, please contact the individual venues.


VisitBrighton are kindly hosting a bespoke website through which you can book accommodation in a variety of different locations to suit your needs:

British Science Festival Accommodation

Please be aware there is a 10 minute walk from any accommodation on the University of Sussex Falmer Campus to the nearest Campus Festival site.

Venue Map