Brighton Tourist information

England’s loveliest and liveliest city by the sea. Brighton and Hove is fun, cosmopolitan and uniquely eccentric all year round.

Regency architecture, pleasure pier, specialist shops, pavement cafés, lively arts scene and vibrant nightlife everything’s in walking distance, so take time to explore and enjoy.

And with a backdrop of the Sussex Downs and traditional English countryside, Brighton and Hove is a great base for exploring the region.

Brighton Tourism



Guided tour of the Royal Pavilion, seaside palace of George IV, with its exotic blend of Indian Mogul exterior and Chinese style interior.
Tea or coffee in the Royal Pavilion tea room - try their shortbread, real melt in the mouth stuff!
Explore the famous Lanes, narrow paved streets full of pavement cafes, restaurants and shops selling antiques, jewellery, designer clothes, hats and lots more.


Visit the North Laine, Brighton’s hidden ‘bohemian’ quarter with its fun mix of quirky and unusual shops and continental-style cafes and bars.


At one of the many cafes along Brighton’s vibrant new-look beachfront and boardwalk.


Guided tour of the Regency Town House, Brunswick Square.


Visit the British Engineerium, with a fascinating collection of steam traction engines & fire engines.


Foredown Tower Countryside Centre, with ‘camera obscura’ and touch screen computers giving simulated views of the countryside.


Dinner at one of around 400 cafes and restaurants. Visit to the theatre, a concert or show at one of Brighton & Hove’s major venues, with international performers and pre-West End runs all year round.


Saturday / Sunday

8 am Bric-a-brac market in Upper Gardner Street.
9 am Breakfast at Food for Friends (buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, plus unlimited coffee before 11 am).
10am The Royal Pavilion, exotic seaside palace of King George IV
11am Catch Volk’s Railway and Dotto Train to Brighton Marina. Stop for a drink at the waterside and fantasise about owning a yacht.
12pm Stroll back through Kemp Town to admire the Regency architecture.
1pm Fish-and-chip lunch on the Brighton Pier.
2pm Explore the seafront - take a ride on the Carousel, visit the Fishing Museum and the Sea Life Centre, have a cup of tea at The Meeting Place. 4pm Shopping in The Lanes for antiques, jewellery, designer clothes.
6pm Early evening cocktails at The Blue Parrot in New Road, overlooking Pavilion Gardens.
7.30pm See a pre-West End show at the Theatre Royal or fringe theatre at the Komedia.
10pm Dinner at one of Brighton and Hove’s liveliest restaurant (Dig in the Ribs, Browns, Richards, Al Duomo, Pinocchio).
12am Clubbing at the Cuba, The Catfish, The Jazz Place or anywhere where they’re playing your music.
3am Chill out with a fruit juice at the 24-hour Sub cafe on the Lower Promenade.
4.30am Go for a ‘gutbuster’ at the 24-hour Market Diner.
5.30am Return home along the seafront as the sun is rising.
8am Flea market at Brighton Station (if you’d prefer a ‘lie-in’).
10am Breakfast at Billie’s, reading the Sunday papers and their copy of Hello!
11am Explore the peace and tranquility of Hove - Blatchington Windmill, British Engineerium, the Foredown Tower Countryside Centre
1pm Drive out for a traditional Sussex lunch at The Ram in Firle (A27 towards Eastbourne).
2.30pm Visit Charleston Farmhouse in Firle - colourful, eccentric home of the Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
3.30pm Return to Brighton via the historic county town of Lewes.
4.30pm Afternoon tea at The Grand.
6pm See an early movie at the Odean, Virgin Cinema, ABC, Duke of York’s or Media Centre (in all, 23 screens to choose from!).
8.30pm Dinner at an intimate restaurant (D’Arcy’s for fish, Sun Bo Seng for Chinese, Il Teatro for Italian, Ashoka for Indian, Cripes for crepes, Oki Nami for Japanese).
10pm Stroll down the Palace Pier and look back to enjoy the view of Brighton and Hove lit up at night, then past the award-winning Royal Pavilion floodlighting.
10.15pm Brandy nightcap in a luxury seafront hotel.


Palace Pier, Brighton
Butlin’s Southcoast World, Bognor Regis
Rainbows End, Bognor Regis
Smarts Amusement Park, Littlehampton


Hunt for bargains in the Lanes, North Laine, Upper North Street and Kemp Town, Brighton
Michael Norman’s vast antiques emporium near Palmeira Square, Hove
Upper Gardner Street flea market, Brighton, Saturday mornings
Brighton Station giant car-boot flea market, Sunday mornings
Sotheby’s Country House Saleroom, Summers Place, Billingshurst (talks given)
Auction rooms in Brighton, Hove and Lewes



Visit Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, famous for its collection of old master and modern paintings, water colours and drawings. Special year-round exhibition programme.


Visit Hove Museum & Art Gallery, with its important collections of 18th and 20th century pictures, including works by Sickert, Spencer, Gwen John, Duncan Grant and Angelica Kauffman.


Charleston Farmhouse, Firle near Lewes, the charming home of the Bloomsbury group. Paintings by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and decorated furniture, painted interiors, murals, ceramics and textiles.


Standen, East Grinstead; a house designed by Phillip Webb in the 1890’s, decorated in the Arts & Crafts style with wallpapers and textiles by William Morris.


Petworth House near Midhurst. Lunch in the restaurant. Notable picture collection, including works by Turner, Vany Dyck, Blake, Gainsborough and Titian.


Lunch in Chichester city centre. Pallant House, Chichester. A restored Queen Anne town house with paintings, drawings and sculpture by 20th century British Masters including Henry Moore, John Piper, Ben Nicholson and their European contemporaries.


Unique collection of Chinese works of art covering every period of China' s history from the 12th century BC to the 18th century AD. It includes outstanding examples of archaic ritual bronze vessels, pottery tomb figures and burial vessels, fine porcelains, carved jades as well as a number of Korean celadon wares.
Several exhibitions are mounted through the year.

Open: Throughout the year except August and Christmas and Easter weeks, Tues and Thurs, 11.30am - 2.30pm. Parties by arrangement.

Admissions: Free

Disabled Info: Lift into library building, help needed


t: +44 (0)1273 678199


Dating from the 1820s, this Grade II listed building still has all the original mill workings in place over five floors.
Discover how grain is turned into flour in a traditional windmill, and explore a fascinating display of historical milling and agricultural exhibits including a thresher and an oat crusher.

Open: May - Sept only on Sundays and Bank Holidays 2.30-5pm.

Admissions: Check before visiting.

Disabled Info: Wheelchair access to ground floor only includes barn for refreshments, toilet adapted for wheelchair users.

Holmes Avenue

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 776017


Aquavitesse Sea Fishing and Charter Boat
Brighton Marina Boat Trips
Anchor Inn boating at Barcombe
Arun Cruises
Chichester Harbour Water Tours
Mewsbrook Park Boating Lake, Littlehampton


East Sussex


525,000 insects and animals, 50,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, 30,000 plants, 11,000 books and maps.......just some of the specimens and data extending back over three centuries in this fascinating Museum.
Housing one of the most important regional natural history collections in the country, the Museum was the creation of Victorian ornithologist Edward Booth. Booth's outstanding collection of British birds displayed in re-created natural settings are on show, together with butterflies and beetles from all over the world, animal skeletons from a pygmy shrew to a killer whale, fossil fish and dinosaur bones.
There is a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, as well as children's activities throughout the year.

Open: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm. Closed Thurs, Good Friday, 25 & 26 Dec and I Jan.

Admissions: Free

Disabled Info: All galleries are on one level and accessible for wheelchair users. Because of steps at the front of the building, access is via the rear door. A helper may be advisable.

194 Dyke Road

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 292777


The Dotto Land train, Brighton's newest train, runs from the Volks Marina Station to the Brighton Marina Village and back again.
The train runs to the station in the Marina Village, where visitors will find pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops, before returning to Volks Station.
Accompanied children only.

Open: Daily from Easter-September every half hour. Stops for lunch

Admissions: Free

Madeira Drive

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 693636


This new museum of Brighton's Fishing Heritage is at the centre of the fishing quarter, where the local fishermen still mend their nets and sell their fish. The museum's centrepiece is a full-size traditional Sussex fishing boat - a clinkerbuilt 'punt'. It is run by volunteers from the fishing community, Brighton University and Brighton Council.

Open: Weekends, Easter to September. Times may vary as the museum is run by volunteers.

Admissions: Free

201 Kings Road Arches

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 723064


4 May 2002 saw the reopening of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, transformed by a £10 million redevelopment, with a complete redisplay of its rich and diverse collections.

Objects are displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including the latest interactive information technology.

New facilities include: the Museum entrance in the Royal Pavilion gardens with a spacious foyer, coffee shop and museum shop; improved disabled access; new education facilities with an art room and a dedicated education 'pavilion'. The Museum has worked with community groups to broaden access to its collections and services. A Hindu shrine in the World Art Gallery created with the local Gujerati community, and Oral histories of local people are examples of these collaborations.

Open: Open: Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Closed Monday (except public holidays).

Admissions: Free

Disabled Info: Accessible by wheelchair

Church Street

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 290900


Offers free admission, free deck chairs, free live entertainment and fun for all the family. The Pier was built to replace the old Chain Pier. Designed by R St. Moore it took ten years to build, and the main section of the deck was finally opened in 1899.
With its attractive oriental dome and delicate filigree ironwork arches, it is widely considered to be the finest Pier ever built. Right from the beginning the Pier seemed to have an atmosphere of carnival gaiety and cheeky frivolity. Here you'll find all the traditional amusements, as well as fairground attractions, souvenirs and novelty shops.
You can eat anything from candyfloss to freshly-caught crab and traditional fish and chips.

Open: Summer, every day 9am-2am (weather permitting), winter: everyday 10am-12pm (weather permitting)

Admissions: Free

Disabled Info: No restrictions for disabled people; toilet available

Kings Road

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 609361


Explore one of the most spectacular underwater tunnels in Europe and experience a completely uninterrupted view of life beneath the waves as stingrays and sensational British sharks glide silently overhead. Multi-viewing and feeding displays, and daily talks.
Themed gift shop and restaurant. A fascinating visit for all ages.

Open: Daily, 10am-6pm (9am-7pm in summer) everyday except Christmas Day.

Admissions: Prices subject to alteration at time of going to press: adults £4.50, senior citizens £3.75, children (4-14) £3.25. Group discount available.

Disabled Info: Reduced prices for disabled, most displays accessible by wheelchair.

Marine Parade

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 604234


Spitting distance from Brighton's fabulous Victorian train station and at the top end of the North Laines are the 'porte-cochere' of the magnificent LBSC railway terminus in Trafalgar Street. One of these archways hides the ghostly long disused cobbled cab road up to platform level, the other four, which were used as wine cellars and the stabling for some of the many horses needed in those distant times, are now home to a wondrous display of old toys and models.

The Brighton Toy & Model Museum has been open for 12 years and houses as it's centre-piece a priceless tin-plate O-Gauge working railway. The trains on this exhibit are run continuously for 2 - 2 1/2 hours, with many changes of rare engines and rolling stock on open evenings (twice yearly), refreshments are available on these informal social gatherings.

Visitors can explore the many cabinets showing beautiful Victorian dolls, their houses and furnishings, construction toys of many ages, tin-plate boats and ships by some of the world's finest toy makers, panoramas of farms and country scenes, enormous scale model aeroplanes and many more rare and valuable toys from all over the world.

The Museum is also a centre for research and restoration, with advice and help readily available to assist with your own interests. The Museum's Director, Chris Littledale, is internationally renowned as a collector and restorer of fine toys and is retained by Christies of London as one of their experts.

The Brighton Toy & Model Museum has been created by a group of people who are the owners of what is collectively, the finest accumulation of models and toys in the U.K. Their aim was to bring together and preserve these many beautiful and rare items so that they can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. When you view this museum you will have to agree that this aim has been achieved.

Open: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm; Saturday, 11am - 5pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Admissions: Adults £3.50; Child/OAP/Student £2.00; Family Ticket (2+2) £9.00.

Disabled Info: Facilities available including disabled toilet.

52 - 55 Trafalgar St.

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 749494



In 1916, artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Over the following half-century Charleston remained the country retreat of the Bloomsbury Group. From the moment they moved in the artists began to transform the house. Situated beneath the picturesque Sussex Downs, Charleston is a unique example of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's decorative style within a domestic context. In addition to the house and artist's garden, there is an exhibition gallery showing an exciting mix of contemporary and historical shows of fine and decorative art, a Craft's Council selected shop selling applied art and books relating to Bloomsbury, a small tea room and a video presentation. Charleston hosts a number of special events throughout the year, most notably the Charleston Festival which is centred around talks and drama relating to literary, artistic and Bloomsbury themes.

Open: See website for details

Admissions: Check the website for current costs

Disabled Info: Please call 01323 811626 or email for a copy of our Access Information leaflet.

Off the A27, 7 miles East of Lewes
Between the villages of Firle and Selmeston

East Sussex

t: +44(0)1323 811265



The Chattri on the Downs above Patcham marks the site of the cremation place for Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died of their wounds at the Royal Pavilion Hospital during World War One.
It was unveiled in 1921 by the Prince of Wales. Each year at 3.00pm on the fourth Sunday in June, the Patcham Branch of The Royal British Legion organises a Pilgrimage to the Chattri.
The Pilgrimage is attended by representatives from the Indian High Commission, and ex-officers and men of the Indian Army.
Details can be obtained by ringing Brighton and Hove City Council on (01273 290000)


East Sussex


Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton
Ten pin bowling, swimming, table tennis and badminton at King Alfred Leisure Centre, Hove
Megazone laser game, Hove
Palace Pier, Brighton
Prince Regent Leisure Centre, Brighton
Sea Life Centre, Brighton
Museum of Childhood, Brighton
Sussex Toy & Model Museum, Brighton


Foredown Tower Countryside Centre
Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail, Polegate
Ashdown Llama Farm, Wych Cross
Heaven Farm & Nature Trail, Uckfield
Old Mill Farm Centre, Bolney
Quarry Farm Rural Experience, Bodiam
Sussex Farm Museum & Nature Trail, Horam
Stoneywish Country Park, Ditchling
Wilderness Wood, Hollow Down, near Uckfield
Washbrooks Farm Centre, Hurstpierpoint and many more ......


According to legend, the Dyke was dug in chalk by the Devil who so disliked the Sussex piety that he hoped the sea would rush in and submerge the churches of the Weald. He was frightened by a Sussex peasant woman carrying a candle, thought it was the rising sun, and never completed the work.
Car-park, pub and restaurant, panoramic views.

Disabled Info: Restaurant at Devil's Dyke has toilet facilities.


Perched on the edge of the Sussex Downs, Foredown Tower is a beautifully converted Edwardian water tower. Housing the largest operational camera obscura in the South East - a unique optical device that is used to observe the surrounding landscape, sun and sky. A highlight of a visit is to climb the tower to the viewing room which gives outstanding views over the surrounding countryside and across the Channel. The Tower is also the perfect starting point for a walk on the Downs. There is a small café for tea, coffee and ice cream. The centre now managed by Portslade Adult Learning also runs a range of exciting courses including art and craft, science, the environment, history and computing. Both one day and longer courses. Camera demonstrations Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. Also the last Saturday in the month at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. For more info:

Open: Opening hours Tuesdays and Thursdays and the last Saturday in the month. Weather permitting - camera obscura demonstrations at 11am, 12, 1 and 2pm - £2.50 adult/£1.50 child

Admissions: Call to check before travelling.

Disabled Info: Wheelchair access to ground floor only, toilet adapted for wheelchair users.

Foredown Road

t: +44 (0)1273 415625


Open daily from 10am-4pm and Sundays: 2pm-4pm.

Open: Open daily from 10am-4pm and Sundays: 2pm-4pm.

Admissions: Free


t: +44 (0)1273 301004



Visit the Royal Pavilion, the most fantastic palace in Europe.


Preston Manor - see how life was lived both ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ in a charming Edwardian manor house.
Lunch in Lewes.


Bateman’s at Burwash, home of Rudyard Kipling.


Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker - 13th century moated priory with Elizabethan wing, gorgeous gardens and plenty of ghosts!


Sheffield Park Garden, near Uckfield. 18th century garden with five lakes.


Leonardslee Gardens near Horsham. Superb landscape garden famous for rhododendrons and azaleas.

Overnight in Brighton & Hove.


The Regency Town House, Hove - a Grade 1 listed terraced house of the mid 1820’s currently under restoration as a Regency heritage centre. THEN DRIVE TO

St Mary’s, Bramber, a charming timber-framed house built in 1470 with fine panelled rooms inlcuding Elizabethan ‘painted room’ murals. Garden with topiary animals.
Lunch at St Mary’s.


Uppark, fine late 17th century house high on the South Downs.


Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester, with many fine mosaics.


East Sussex


Hove Museum & Art Gallery has undergone major redevelopment thanks to awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Regional Arts Lottery Fund, Brighton and Hove Council, The Headley Trust and The Friends of Hove Museum & Art Gallery. The redevelopment has resulted in a lift being installed, changes of floor level being ramped and improved visitor flow around the first floor of the Museum.

In addition the Museum's key permanent collections of Toys, Film, Local History, Paintings and Contemporary Craft have been redisplayed.

The new galleries will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the collections as well as ensuring they are displayed safely to ensure preservation for future visitors.

Open: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. Closed Mon.

Admissions: Free

Disabled Info: Wheelchair Access All areas of the Museum are accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There is also a fully accessible toilet.

19 New Church Road

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 290200


A popular, family park in the heart of Hove, off the A270 Old Shoreham Road.
Home to rugby and football matches in the winter and popular for bowls and tennis in the summer.
There is a cafe and a very popular children's playground and a miniature railway operating on certain days in the year (see Hove Miniature Railway). Plenty of open spaces for picnics.
Pavilion Teahouse, open 7 days (weather permitting) , March - October.

Open: Tues to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm, Closed Mon, 23-26 Dec and 1 Jan


The miniature railway runs from approx April to October each year along 2,000 feet of track around Hove Park.

Open: Managed by the Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers since 1962, this miniature steam railway runs around Hove Park delighting adults and children alike.

Hove Park

East Sussex



A collection of more than 1,000 items depicting the history of electronics

Open: Open daily, 335 days a year

Disabled Info: Sorry no facilities for disabled visitors

54, Easthill Drive

East Sussex
BN41 2FD

t: +44 (0)1273 701650


The Kipling Gardens were named after the author and poet Rudyard Kipling who lived in the house attached to the gardens from 1897 until 1902. Although the gardens became derelict and remained so for many years, in 1986 they were formally opened and presented to Brighton Borough Council to be held in trust by the Borough.
Visitors can relax in these quiet, peaceful and secluded gardens and enjoy the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden and the Wild Garden (where there are tables for picnickers). There is also a croquet lawn.
Please ask for a leaflet on Kipling Gardens at the Tourist Office (15p).



Brighton Rock, Graham Greene (guided tours available)
Bateman’s, Burwash & Rottingdean - homes of Rudyard Kipling
Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes - home of the Bloomsbury Group
Groombridge Place, Groombridge - Sherlock Holmes’ study
Monk’s House, Rodmell, near Lewes - home of Virginia Woolf
Lamb House, Rye - home of Henry James, EF Benson and Rumer Godden
Shipley Windmill near Billingshurst - memorial to Hilarie Belloc who lived nearby and owned the mill for 50 years.
Horsham Museum - a small gallery devoted to Percy Bysshe Shelley, born on the outskirts of Horsham


The lower road that runs along the seafront from the Palace Pier to the Marina is host to a number of world famous events throughout the year including the Vintage Car Run, National Speed Trials, and the London to Brighton Cycle Ride.

Madeira Drive

East Sussex


Madeira Terrace (now Madeira Drive), which forms a lengthy promenade halfway up the sea wall (between the Aquarium and Dukes Mound), was started in 1895 to attract members of the public to the Lower Promenade where they could also enjoy Volks Railway and the Aquarium. A shelter hall and hydraulic lift were added in 1896 and the whole scheme was completed in 1898. The lift was originally operated by a hydraulic pump and 15 people could be carried at any one time between Madeira Drive to Marine Parade for a charge of a halfpenny each way. (The present electrically powered lift cage carries only six people).
The entrance to the lift resembles the Oriental design of the Royal Pavilion and the original lift cage was decorated with mirrors, gilt panels and medallions, with a glass roof.

Open: The lift operates from Easter to mid-September from 9.45am-7.15pm daily.

Admissions: Free.


East Sussex


Brighton Fishing Museum
Brighton Museum
Brighton Marina
Hove Museum
Newhaven Local & Maritime Museum
Marlipins Museum, Shoreham


National Museum of Penny Slot Machines

Part of the National Slot Machine collection, this is a working museum with an interesting variety of penny slot machines dating back to the 1940s, with original decorations. Original coins provided.

Open: School Holidays and weekends throughout the year, 11am-6pm Closed November - March.

Admissions: Small charge for machines (original old pennies provided)

250c Kings Road Arches

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 608620


This is a sheltered, downland valley situated approximately two miles from Brighton town centre, off the A270 Lewes Road. It contains areas of woodland, shrub and chalk grassland and provides a home for an abundance of wildlife.
There is an interesting nature trail throughout the Wild Park - please ask at the


East Sussex


Sussex Toy & Model Museum, Brighton
Brighton Museum
Hove Museum - Film Industry at the turn of the century
Mechanical Memories - National Museum of Penny Slot Machines, Brighton
Museum of Childhood, Brighton
Rejectamania (The Nostalgia Centre), Earnley
Wireless Museum, Lindfield
Yesterday’s World, Battle


Brighton's Nudist Beach, one of the first in a major resort, caused quite a stir when it first opened. Situated at the eastern end of the seafront between Peter Pan' s Playground and Brighton Marina, the 'clothes need not be worn' area is clearly marked.

Madeira Drive

East Sussex


Westdene, Brighton (off A23, Brangwyn Crescent leads into Windmill Drive or from Dyke Road) Listed Grade II 100 year old reconditioned windmill, now a residence, housing an art gallery and extensive museum of Biblical researches, coins, archeological items, Victoriana and mini-sculptures. Bus 10 from Brighton, 35 from Hove

Open: Wed-Sat, 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm, May-August inclusive.

Admissions: Free. Donations to restoration fund and charities. Groups by private arrangement.

Disabled Info: Wheelchair access only on ground floor.

West dene

East Sussex


A fully-supervised indoor adventure centre for children. There is a wide range of activities including the slides, ball pools, a fireman's pole and climbing ropes.
Pirates Deep provides hours of fun should the weather be dull.

Madeira Drive

East Sussex


Preston Park is probably the most well-known park in Brighton bring situated on the London Road and an important landmark for visitors travelling into Brighton from the north.
There are 63 acres of parkland incorporating beautiful bedding schemes which can be seen from the main road. There is also a formal rose garden, six bowling greens and 12 tennis courts in the park, plus a children's playground, a croquet lawn, a garden for the blind and a small pond with stepping stones.
The Rotunda Cafe is open Easter-end of October, 10am-6pm.
Opposite Preston Park, on the other side of the London Road, is The Rockery, the largest municipal rock garden in Britain, containing wonderful plants and built with 1,350 tons of Cheddar stone. It is reputed that the design of the garden is similar to that of the popular Willow Pattern.


Queens Park is the most central park in Brighton, within easy walking distance of the town and the seafront.
The Park has something for everyone: children can enjoy feeding the ducks on the pond or playing in the playground or sandpit; families can relax at the cafe or picnic in the summer under the trees; or, for the more energetic, there are four tennis courts and a bowling green.
In the summer there is free entertainment for the children, and during the Brighton Festival in May there are open-air performances of Shakespeare's plays in the gardens of the Spa.
The park is also home to a diversity of wildlife, from frogs that breed in the stream that feeds the pond, to foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and bats.


A Grade I listed terraced home of the mid 1820s, currently in the final phase of restoration as a Heritage Centre.
See the House whilst refurbishment work continues during 1995, and obtain a fascinating insight into the development of Regency Brighton and Hove and urban lifestyle in this period. Fully guided tours and talks explore the building of the towns' large terraced houses, the use and decoration of their rooms - and much more besides.

Open: Until renovation is complete, tours must be pre-booked.

Admissions: Special tour rates on request.

Disabled Info: Access limited

13, Brunswick Square

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 206306



The Royal Pavilion grew over 35 years from a simple farmhouse to a spectacular palace. In 1787 Henry Holland extended the original farmhouse into a neo-classical building know as the 'Marine Pavilion'.

From 1815-1823 John Nash used new technology to transform the Pavilion into the Indian style building that exists today. He enlarged the building and added the domes and minarets that characterise his design by superimposing a cast iron framework over Holland's Marine Pavilion.

Other features of Nash's design were less successful: within 10 years the roof had started to leak and concealed drainpipes were overflowing and causing dry rot.

The Royal Pavilion's lavish interiors combine Chinese-style decorations with magnificent furniture and furnishings.

Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the Palace's unique style mixes Asian exoticism with English eccentricity.

Daring and inventive colours feature throughout, and there are many original items on loan from HM The Queen.

Location Map

Open: April to September 9.30am-5.45pm (last admission 5pm); October to March 10am-5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm); Closed 25 & 26 December

Admissions: Check the web site for latest admission prices.

Disabled Info: The ground floor of the Pavilion is easily accessible to wheelchair users with wide doorways and no steps to negotiate. Situated on the ground floor are the sumptuous State Rooms, Drawing Rooms, the Great Kitchen, the King’s Apartments and the gift shop which leads to the exit. Also on the ground floor is a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users. Access to the first floor is via the staircase only. Tactile tours of the palace can be booked for groups of visually impaired visitors. Sign language interpreted group tours are available for the hard of hearing. All guided tours must be booked in advance. Wheelchairs are available on request.

Pavilion Buildings

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 290900

Offering mid channel wreck fishing for Pollack, Ling, Conger, Cod, Bass, Bream etc. Corporate hospitality days and sight seeing trips. Licensed to carry twelve people. Offering mid channel wreck fishing for Pollack, Ling, Conger, Cod, Bass, Bream etc. Corporate hospitality days and sight seeing trips. Licensed to carry twelve people.

Brighton Marina

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 585372



Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport, a busy aviation airport featuring a Grade II listed terminal building. Channel hop via Alderney with Rockhopper. Dine out and shop in Le Touquet, take a rail-air link via Le Havre to Paris or Rouen, or fly direct to Jersey with European Executive.
You will find all links on the website below.

Shoreham Airport also offers flying schools, pleasure flights, and two fabulous restaurants with airside viewing. There is a fully equipped conference room with free car parking. Buffet catering available.

A Visitors Centre is available which also has tours around the airport. Go 'airside' and hear about the history of the oldest licensed airport in the UK.
We also have a license for Civil Wedding.
All disabled facilities.

Open: Daily 8am - dusk. Visitor Center - 10am - 5pm.

Disabled Info: All facilities

Shoreham by Sea
West Sussex

BN43 5FF

t: +44 (0)1273 296900



These gardens are situated in Hove, although within easy reach of Brighton either by bus, car or on foot.
From the Brighton/Hove seafront boundary the gardens are a short walk directly northwards. It is a very popular small park, with a children's playground, a cafe in the summer, tennis courts and a bowling green. It is also well known for its friendly population of squirrels.
There is a scented garden for the blind.
During the Brighton Festival the Park hosts a variety of events.
Park Cafe open 10am-4.30pm weekdays; 10am-7.30pm weekends.



Situated in the Historic Stanmer Park, Stanmer House takes great pride in hosting all types of conference and corporate events, weddings, banquets, seminars and any other function. Once attended by aristocracy of the Regency period for dinner parties and grand occasions, our lobbies and pillared rooms once again come alive.

Open: Stanmer House is open to the public weekdays - 9am to 6pm. (Restrictions may apply if an event is taking place).

Stanmer Park

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 680400


The Stanmer Estate was one of the large Sussex estates owned by the Pelham Family, covering 4,598 acres, and was once the home of one of the Prince Regent's mistresses, namely Lady Conyngham.
In 1947 Brighton Council acquired this estate for the sum of £225,000. It is situated approximately three miles from the town, off the A27 Lewes Road and next to Sussex University.
It is a popular park for visitors both in the summer and winter, particularly picnickers, and also for walkers who can stroll around the park and woods, or set off on one of the circular walks on the South Downs (ask for the Dawdle on the Downs Leaflet at the Visitor Information Centre


Set in the beautiful 500 acre Stanmer Park, once the home of the Earls of Chichester, the museum is situated at the back of Stanmer House (not open to the public). It is a museum run voluntarily by members of the Stanmer Preservation Society, and contains agricultural and domestic bygones, and includes the Horse 'gin' for raising water. In the adjacent conservation village is the church, farm, and village donkey wheel: car park (free) is near the church. Light refreshments are obtainable in the village shop.

Open: From Easter-end October, Suns and Bank Holidays, 2.30pm-5pm

Admissions: Free, donations welcome. Outdoor exhibits may be viewed from wheelchairs.

Disabled Info: Access to museum.

Stanmer Park

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 686076


Barnsgate Manor Vineyard, Uckfield
Carr Taylor Vineyards, Westfield
Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Sedlescombe
St George’s Vineyards, Waldron
English Wine Centre, near Alfrison and lots more .......


West Blatchington Windmill, Hove
Chailey Windmill
Jack & Jill Windmills, Hassocks
Nutley Windmill
Polegate Windmill
Shipley Mill, near Horsham


British Engineerium, Hove
Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park
Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway, Northiam to Tenterden
The Lavender Line, Isfield
Watercress Line, Alton to Alresford


The Level is a small green area to the north east of the town centre, linking the main London and Lewes Roads and is therefore a busy thoroughfare.
The Levels were once open fields where fishermen could safely spread their nets, and are now edged by the remains of a double avenue of Elm trees - unfortunately many of these trees were destroyed by the hurricane of 1987.
There is a children's playground and, in the summer, a cafe and paddling pool. It also hosts the only skateboard run in Brighton town centre.


Explore one of the most spectacular underwater tunnels in England and experience a completely uninterrupted view of life beneath the waves as stingrays and sensational British sharks glide silently overhead. Multi-viewing and feeding displays, and daily talks. Themed gift shop and restaurant. A fascinating visit for all ages.

Open: Daily, 10am-5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Admissions: Check the website - for details

Disabled Info: Reduced prices for disabled, most displays accessible by wheelchair.

Marine Parade

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 604234


It is possible to walk all along the seafront for around seven miles, from the west of Hove to Telscombe Cliffs, just east of the village of Rottingdean.
From the Marina to Rottingdean, passing 'Roedean' the famous girls school and the Putting Green is a pleasant stroll of some two miles (and you can always hop on a bus for the return journey).


East Sussex


Britain's oldest electric railway, built in 1883, running for 1 1/4 miles along the top of the beach from the Palace Pier to the Brighton Marina.
The train is named after the famous Brightonian, Magnus Volk, its inventor and early pioneer of electricity.
Cafe adjoining station ticket office.

Open: Easter-end September, 11am-5pm, daily

Admissions: Single fares: adults £1.00, children 50p. Discounts of 10% for parties booked by prior arrangement.

Disabled Info: Ramp available. (If party booking, please book first so that extra space can be allowed for wheelchairs.)

Madeira Drive

East Sussex

t: +44 (0)1273 681061


The West Pier is Grade I listed, the only pier to be so, and is historically, architecturally and scientifically unique.
The Pier became a casualty in World War Two - when peace came it was mended and tended and brought back into public use, but essential renovation work wasn't carried out and the pier fell into disrepair. In 1970 the southern end was closed to the public and in 1975 the Pier was shut altogether.
Since then its decline, compounded by neglect and some partial dismantling in the interests of safety, has brought it the sad appearance of a ravaged beauty.
The 'West Pier Trust' was created to save the Pier and return it to use, and all efforts are being made to restore, maintain, improve and preserve the pier, including a bid to the Lottery fund

Kings Road

East Sussex


Llama trekking on the South Downs
Huxley Experience bird of prey centre, Horsham
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, East Dean
Gatwick Zoo & Aviaries, Charlwood
Drusillas Zoo Park, Alfriston


Withdean Park is a stroll northwards from Preston Park and covers 38 acres. It is famous for its extensive collection of lilacs, reputed to be the largest outside that at the Arnold Arboretum in America.
There is a bog-garden with two lily-ponds laid out in a natural bowl near the south-western corner.


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