Accessible Brighton i360
Wheelchair Accessible Throughout,
Wheelchair Accessible Lift ,
Wheelchair Accessible Toilets*,
Wheelchair Accessible Pod,
Accessible Eating/Drinking Options
Accessible Brighton i360
Brighton i360 is fully accessible for wheelchair users. And the access is exceptional.
And although all disabled visitors have to pay for a full-priced ticket, they are entitled to bring a companion or carer to Brighton i360 free of charge (or for half price for special events). This companion may be a family member, friend or registered carer.
Bookings for accessibility tickets (and a free carer ticket) can be made online here (this also enables you to book a free carer ticket); by telephone: 03337 720 360; or on the day (assuming that there is space) at the Brighton i360 ticket office.
If you are purchasing your tickets on the day, the ticket office, housed in a replica West Pier toll booth, is directly accessible from the Upper Level (street level). As there is a safety limit on the number of wheelchairs permitted on the pod on any one flight, I definitely recommend that you book your timeslot in advance though (especially during the Summer when the Brighton i360 is busiest).
You must then arrive 20 minutes before your timed slot, to enable time for pre-boarding security checks (airport-style, and bags will be searched).
A wheelchair accessible lift connects the upper level (street-level) and the lower level (beach/promenade-level) of the main Brighton i360 building. The lift is situated to the east of the Brighton i360 site (next to the West Pier Tea Room).
A limited number of wheelchairs are available at Brighton i360 for use during your pod flight. These wheelchairs are available on a “first come, first served” basis from the Brighton i360 shop only though (and are not available to pre-book).
The Brighton i360 shop is also fully wheelchair accessible.
The pod flight lasts approximately 25 minutes (up and down again), with time slots acailable every half hour. The pod is stationary for around 10 minutes at the top whilst you wander around to get a full 360 degree view of Brighton and the sea – and the views are amazing.
Seats are available all the way round the inside wall of the Brighton i360 pod. There are also emergency evacuation procedures for disabled visitors: in the case of an emergency all customers will be led to safety by the Brighton i360 team.
Accessible Parking at Brighton i360
Accessible parking is available in the underground Regency Square Car Park.
There is then a step-free underpass leading from the car park through to the beach level entrance of the Brighton i360.
There are eight disabled parking bays available on Level 1 (close to the entry/exit ramp). Blue Badge holders cannot park here for free though, charges apply.
There is a drop off/pick up point on the south side of Regency Square, immediately opposite Brighton i360, which provides easy access for wheelchair users. There is ramp access behind the drop off point which also connects to the Regency Square Car Park, from where you can follow the underpass through to the beach level entrance of the Brighton i360.
There is also a step-free pedestrian crossing by the drop off point, which takes you across the main waterfront road to the street-level entrance of Brighton i360.
Getting to Brighton i360 using Public Transport
Brighton i360 is a pleasant, slightly downhill, 15-minute walk/roll from Brighton Railway Station. Alternatively, you can pick up an accessible taxi from the taxi rank at the train station.
And with direct train services from Victoria and Clapham Junction, plus Thameslink trains from St Pancras International and London Bridge, Brighton is just an hour away from London by train.
Plus, there are also direct trains running along the south coast – including direct trains from Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastbourne and Bristol.
See National Rail for information on train times and train operators.
On a good day, I’d recommend simply walking/rolling to the Brighton i360. However, the Brighton i360 can be easily reached by bus too (and the Brighton and Hove buses have lots of accessible features which make them a good option for getting around the area).
Show your Brighton rail ticket(s) and get two #77 bus tickets for the price of one.
Be careful when catching the bus from Brighton Railway Station though. The #77 bus actually runs in two different directions from Brighton Railway Station. But confusion is easy to avoid, as the bus departs from different stops depending on its direction. You want “stop D” at the station (and NOT “stop E”).
The Brighton City Sightseeing Hop On Bus.
Brighton i360 is a stop on the wheelchair accessible (downstairs only) Brighton City Sightseeing hop on and off bus route. The Brighton City Sightseeing Hop On Bus runs westbound along the seafront daily between April and September (and then weekends only until 31 October). View the Brighton City Sightseeing Hop On Bus timetable here.
The Brighton i360 is located directly opposite Regency Square Car Park (BN1 2FG), where you will find eight disabled parking bays on Level 1 (close to the entry/exit ramp). Blue Badge holders cannot park here for free though, charges apply. There is a step-free underpass leading from the car park through to the beach level entrance of the Brighton i360.
To avoid the worst of the busy central Brighton traffic, you are advised to approach Brighton i360 from the WEST.
To avoid the busy central Brighton traffic completely though, the nearest Brighton “Park and Ride” is located at Withdean Sports Centre (BN1 5JD). There is no charge for parking here, but bus fees still apply.
Around 60% of Brighton’s taxis are wheelchair accessible. And there is a taxi rank at Brighton Railway Station.
The nearest taxi ranks to the Brighton i360 are in Preston Street and outside the Hilton Metropole Hotel.
A map of all taxi ranks in Brighton can be found on the Brighton and Hove local council website at: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/parking-and-travel/taxi-rank-map
To order a taxi after your visit to Brighton i360, simply call “Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs” (01273 204060), “City Cabs” (01273 205205) or “Streamline Taxis” (01273 202020). All have wheelchair accessible vehicles, and can be met at the drop off and pick up point across the road from Brighton i360.
This is definitely THE best option if possible.
The Brighton i360 is just a pleasant, slightly downhill, 15-minute walk/roll from Brighton Railway Station.
It’s also a 10-minute level walk/roll from The Lanes, the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier. So a visit to the Brighton i360 can easily be included in a visit to any of these Brighton attractions.
Accessible Entrance to Brighton i360
The Brighton i360 has two different entrances (on different levels), and boards from either of the two different areas depending on the time of year/weather. And this will determine the easiest way to walk/roll to the Brighton i360:
During the Summer, or in good weather, the Brighton i360 pod departs from the upper level (street-level) as there is no indoor waiting area here – so you get to enjoy the Brighton sunshine and fresh sea-air while you wait. You can directly access the Brighton i360 ticket office, the Viewing Deck and the West Beach Café Bar from the street-level Brighton Promenade.
In colder months though, or when the weather is not being so nice, the Brighton i360 pod departs from the lower level (beach level), as this is where the main indoor area of the Brighton i360 building is. Here you will find the Brighton i360 Lounge Bar area, the West Beach Bar & Restaurant, the Brighton i360 shop and the Brighton i360 exhibition.
The beach level entrance to the Brighton i360 can be reached via the beach-level Brighton walkway (which itself can be reached by various ramps along the Brighton seafront).
A wheelchair accessible lift (and a ramp) situated just to the east of the Brighton i360 building connects the upper street-level and the lower beach-level.
Lift dimensions: width – 110cm, depth – 135cm, and height – 212cm. The lift provides access to the shop, restaurant, and beach building at the lower level and to the West Beach Café Bar and the ticket office on the upper level.
Accessible Toilets at Brighton i360
There is an accessible toilet on both the upper and lower boarding levels of Brighton i360, but please note there are no toilet facilities on the Brighton i360 pod itself (but the pod journey is less than 30 minutes – so legs shouldn’t need to be crossed).
The public toilets in the beach building on the lower level are accessible from the Brighton i360 shop.
On the upper level (street-level), accessible toilets are located on both the Upper Deck area, and also in the West Beach Café Bar.
Accessible Cafe/Restaurant at Brighton i360
There are plenty of options for drinking and dining at Brighton i360. The Nyetimber Sky Bar on board the pod, the casual, family-friendly West Beach Restaurant Bar on the beachfront and the West Beach Café Bar with its spectacular sea view terrace.
Several times a year, there are exclusive “Sky Dining evenings” on the Brighton i360, where you can dine amongst the stars (a very unique way to see Brighton from above). You’ll be served a delicious three-course meal on the Brighton i360 Pod, with the sparkling lights of the city beneath you. A magical dining experience – 450ft above Brighton’s sparkling night skyline.
You’ll first be served a welcome drink at ground level before indulging in a three-course fine dining meal on the Brighton i360 viewing pod (as the sky darkens, the sun sinks into the sea and the stars appear overhead for a completely unique perspective of Brighton at night).
The pod makes three ascents/descents during the meal (once for each course):
Your starter will be served during the first 25-minute pod journey, followed by the main course during the second ascent, and dessert and coffee during the final journey. The pod returns to ground level after each course for you to use the accessible facilities.
These “Sky Dining” events happen a few times every year – simply sign up to the Brighton i360 newsletter to be notified when tickets for the next one go on sale.
Thank you – and enjoy your accessible visit to Brighton!
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