Brighton Seafront Walking Tour, Brighton (Self Guided)

Initially a little fishing village on the south coast of England, Brighton was transformed into a prominent seaside resort. Brighton seafront offers its beautiful seaside, housing two museums, the old carousel, piers, souvenir shops, cafes and the famous Artist Quarter. This walking tour will take you to the most interesting places on Brighton's seafront.
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Brighton Seafront Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Brighton Seafront Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Brighton (See other walking tours in Brighton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: leticia
Brighton Pier

1) 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.

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Brighton Doughnut

2) Brighton Doughnut

Next to the prominent Brighton Pier you will find another pier, which is home to a large circular sculpture of a doughnut, officially called The Big Green Bagel. It is a present from the Mayor of Naples and is known in Brighton as the "Seasick Doughnut".
The Artist Quarter

3) The Artist Quarter

The Artist Quarter can be found just west of Brighton Pier. Here are situated numerous artists’ studios and artist's arches and galleries, where you will find original artworks, limited edition prints, garden accessories, furniture, lighting, paintings, jewellery, stained glass and many decorative items.
Old Penny Arcade Museum

4) Old Penny Arcade Museum

Old Penny Arcade Museum is situated on the Brighton seafront, next to the Daniel Laurence arch. This museum displays an extensive collection of the antique penny slot machines. Most of them are working, so you can play some very old games using the old British pennies, which you can purchase at the main counter.

Operation hours: Saturday - Sunday: 12 am - 6 pm; during school holidays: Monday - Sunday: 12 am - 6 pm

5) Carousel

Next to the Old Penny Arcade Museum on Brighton seafront, you will find old carousel. With its numerous, beautiful animal figures and splendid décor, it attracts a lot of tourists and locals. If you are walking with kids, you certainly shouldn’t miss this place!
Brighton Fishing Museum

6) Brighton Fishing Museum

The Brighton Fishing Museum is located in the Fishing Quarter, the heart of Brighton seafront. It will teach you about the rich history of the fishing community in Brighton through film, photography, paintings and memorabilia of Brighton seafront life. The museum is open every day and admission is free.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Seafront Image

7) Seafront Image

Seafront Image is a Brighton Fishing Museum’s Shop that can be found opposite the Fishing Museum. Here you can glance through and purchase some unique images of the Brighton seafront from local photographer Robert Leighton; perfect souvenirs, cards and fine art canvases.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
West Pier

8) West Pier

The West Pier is a pier in Brighton. It was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975, awaiting renovation, although after two fires and several storms, little is left in situ. It was Brighton's second pier, joining The Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, and it is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the UK, the other being Clevedon Pier.

A concert hall was added in 1916 and a new top-deck entrance in 1932. In 1965 the pier was bought by a company that owned some seafront hotels and entertainment venues. They had ambitions for the pier but as maintenance costs increased the pier was closed in 1975 when Brighton Corporation declined to buy it and the pier passed into the hands of the Crown Estates Commissioners. A trust was formed to save the pier and in 1984 they bought it for a nominal sum. On 23 June 2004 high winds caused the middle of the pier to collapse completely. Despite all these setbacks, the West Pier Trust remained adamant that they would soon begin full restoration work.

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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.
Brighton Places of Worship Walking Tour

Brighton Places of Worship Walking Tour

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Brighton Shopping Spots Self-Guided Tour

Brighton Shopping Spots Self-Guided Tour

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
Brighton Cultural Venues Walking Tour

Brighton Cultural Venues Walking Tour

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: 2.6 km
Eastern Brighton Self-Guided Tour

Eastern Brighton Self-Guided Tour

Kemp Town is the eastern district of Brighton, which is home to grand seafront crescents, churches, elegant squares, numerous shopping venues, galleries and cozy pubs. The area is also known as the largest spiritual home of the city's gay and lesbian community. Next self-guided tour will lead to the most interesting and prominent places in this lively area.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Brighton for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Brighton has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Brighton, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.