Brighton Portobello

East Sussex

Brighton Portobello
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Highly popular shingle and sand beach serving one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts. Local attractions include the refurbished pier, fun fairs, arcades and local shopping. For more on disabled access and facilities, please visit Brighton and Hove City Councils website.


Popular activities here are: swimming, surfing, walking along the seafront promenade and kite flying. There are lots of summer festivals here.

Wildlife and Walks

Coastal walks include the famous Seven Sisters path along the south coast. RSPBs Adur Estuary reserve is nearby - there are some fantastic bird species there, including: dunlin, lapwing, oystercatcher, redshank and ringed plover.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Brighton Portobello

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Car parking is available on the northside of the A259.

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome between 1st October - 30th April. Please check signs for restrictions during the season.

Beach cleaning

Beaches cleaned daily.