Brighton Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Brighton

Just an hour or so train ride down south from London, Brighton is the most popular tourist destination overlooking the English Channel. Alongside some typical of any seaside resort attractions, such as Brighton Pier with its waterfront amusements and vibrant nightlife, there are quite a few unique landmarks attesting to the city's rich historic and cultural heritage. This orientation walk will introduce you to the most notable of them!
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Brighton Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Brighton Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Brighton (See other walking tours in Brighton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Royal Pavillion
  • Chapel Royal
  • Brighton Square
  • The Lanes
  • North Laine
  • Theatre Royal
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery
  • Victoria Gardens
  • Brighton War Memorial
  • Victoria Fountain
  • Sea Life Centre
  • Brighton Pier
Royal Pavillion

1) Royal Pavillion (must see)

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence located in Brighton. It was built in three campaigns, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, from 1811 Prince Regent. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century, with the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors ever executed in the British Isles. The palace looks rather striking in the middle of Brighton, having a very Indian appearance on the outside. However, the fanciful interior design, primarily by Frederick Crace and the little-known decorative painter Robert Jones, is heavily influenced by both Chinese and Indian fashion (with Mughal and Islamic architectural elements). It is a prime example of the exoticism that was an alternative to more classicizing the mainstream taste in the Regency style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chapel Royal

2) Chapel Royal (must see)

The Chapel Royal is an 18th-century place of worship in the centre of Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. Built as a chapel of ease, it became one of Brighton's most important churches, gaining its own parish and becoming closely associated with the Prince Regent and fashionable Regency-era society. It remains an active church.

The original chapel was a stuccoed building in a broadly Classical style, with rounded sash windows and a pediment with the Prince's coat of arms. A row of Doric columns flanked the entrance. Inside there were galleries on each wall, supported by decorated columns. The gallery above the altar contained the organ, and there was a tall, highly decorated pulpit. The alterations of 1876–1877 removed the gallery above the altar and added a chancel, separated from the nave by an iron rood screen, new pulpit and lectern. The main weekly service at the Chapel Royal is held on Sundays at 11:00am. Other services are held on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. There has been a long musical tradition at the chapel; concerts have been held right from the beginning, and continue to be a regular feature, usually on Tuesdays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Brighton Square

3) Brighton Square

Brighton Square is situated in the heart of Brighton's historic Lanes. It houses twenty one shops and restaurants, where you will find a widely diverse selection of goods and services. Enjoy a unique and lively shopping experience without the hassle of a crowded mall!
The Lanes

4) The Lanes (must see)

The Lanes is another popular destination for shopping in Brighton. Situated in the heart of the town, it is home to a number of independent shops and boutiques, where you can find antiques, jewellery, interior design, furniture, arts objects, famous brands and much, much more!
North Laine

5) North Laine (must see)

North Laine is one of the most prominent shopping districts in Brighton. This active area is endowed with over 320 shops. Whether you are looking for fashionable clothing, trendy fashion, nice gifts, fine arts, antiques or retro objects, you'll find it here in North Laine.
Theatre Royal

6) Theatre Royal (must see)

The Theatre Royal is a theatre in Brighton, presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet and a Christmas pantomime. In 1806, the Prince of Wales gave Royal Assent for the theatre to be built and it opened on June 27, 1807, with a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Since 1999, the theatre has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. In 2007, the theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II who renamed a box after herself.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

7) Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (must see)

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is a free-to-view municipally-owned public museum and art gallery in the city of Brighton and Hove in the South East of England. It is part of "Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove".

The building which houses the collection is part of the Royal Pavilion Estate and was originally built for the Prince of Wales, later George IV and completed in 1805. In September 1851 it was announced that part of the Pavilion was to be appropriated for annual art exhibitions and two months later the first of these was held. The local talent to which it was confined included Frederick Nash and Copley Fielding. The room devoted to the exhibition was the original South Gallery, now the First Conference Room, but later the exhibitions even spread to the Great Kitchen. The museum and art gallery occupied its current situation in the building in 1902.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery

8) Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery (must see)

Located in the centre of Brighton at the Grand Parade Campus, Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery is a prominent cultural venue in which to explore visual and performing arts, including Brighton Festival performances, fashion shows, exhibitions, etc. Exhibitions are free and open to the public from Monday to Saturday.
Victoria Gardens

9) Victoria Gardens

Situated in the heart of the city, Victoria Gardens is one of the most beautiful and popular public parks in Brighton. Named after the great Queen Victoria, one of the greatest and longest-serving British monarchs, it houses the sculpture of the Queen and is a prominent attraction.
Brighton War Memorial

10) Brighton War Memorial

Brighton War Memorial is another prominent attraction, located in the same area. This memorial was built in honour of the 2597 men and 3 women who lost their lives during the 1st World War. In the center of its quadratic pool, you will see a small fountain.
Victoria Fountain

11) Victoria Fountain

The Victoria Fountain is situated near the Marlborough House in the beautiful Old Steine area. It was inaugurated for the 27th birthday of Queen Victoria on May 25, 1846. The fountain represents two big bronze bowls. The lower one is supported by three huge fishes.
Sea Life Centre

12) Sea Life Centre

Brighton’s Sea Life Centre is located near the Brighton Pier and is an excellent place for family entertainment! With its vast collection of displays, it will tell you a lot of interesting and useful information about the marine world. Learn more about aquatic life and enjoy Brighton’s Sea Life Centre!
Brighton Pier

13) Brighton Pier (must see)

The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton. It is generally known as the Palace Pier for short, but has been informally renamed Brighton Pier since 2000 by its owners, the Noble Organisation, in an attempt to suggest that it is Brighton's only pier.

The West Pier was its rival but was closed in 1975 and was subsequently severely damaged by fires and storms, with the remaining iron structure being partially demolished in 2010. Work began on the Palace Pier in 1891 and it opened in May 1899 after costing a record £27,000 to build. This was Brighton's third pier. A concert hall opened two years later, and by 1911 this had become a theater. The pier features prominently in the 1971 film, Carry On at Your Convenience, and it is frequently shown iconically to "set" film and television features in Brighton, for example in scenes in Mirrormask, The Persuaders, the Doctor Who serial The Leisure Hive (1980), the 1979 film Quadrophenia.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Brighton, England

Create Your Own Walk in Brighton

Create Your Own Walk in Brighton

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brighton is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Brighton is home to a huge number of beautiful churches and old religious buildings. Some churches date back to the 18th century and are beautiful buildings of architectural, historical, cultural and religious value. This walking tour will take you to the most important religious sites in Brighton.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Northern Brighton Walking Tour

Northern Brighton Walking Tour

In the northern part of Brighton, you will find a number of interesting attractions. Here you will find old St Mary's Church, 13th-century St Peter's Church, historic Preston Manor House, Preston Park, Booth Museum of Natural History, St. Anne's Well Gardens and other amazing places. This tour will help you to discover the northern part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Western Brighton Walking Tour

Western Brighton Walking Tour

Western Brighton is home to numerous interesting attractions including old churches, historic buildings, prominent monuments and nice squares. Here you will find a lot of Grade I listed buildings that reflect glorious Regency architecture. Follow the next walking tour to see the most interesting attractions and discover this city’s charm.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Brighton is an excellent place for cultural exploration. It houses wonderful museums, fine galleries and other interesting cultural venues. Whatever your taste, cultural Brighton will satisfy even the most discerning cultural visitors. Take the next walking tour to find the most interesting and prominent cultural venues in Brighton!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Brighton's Shopping Spots

Brighton's Shopping Spots

Brighton is a real shopper’s paradise, and it boasts an extensive assortment of various shopping venues. From squares and narrow streets to flea markets and whole districts, Brighton is teeming with places to shop. This walking tour will put you on the right track to Brighton’s most prominent shopping spots.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles