Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Brighton

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!
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: England » Brighton (See other walking tours in Brighton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Brighton Toy and Model Museum
  • Leoframes Gallery
  • Lighthouse
  • Jubilee Library
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery
  • Sea Life Centre
  • Old Police Cell Museum
  • Art Gallery Fabrica
Brighton Toy and Model Museum

1) Brighton Toy and Model Museum (must see)

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum (sometimes referred to as Brighton Toy Museum) is one of the world's finest toy museums, located in Brighton, East Sussex. Its collection of toys and models extends over four thousand square feet of floorspace, through four of the early Victorian arches supporting the forecourt of Brighton railway station.

Founded in 1991, it has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, including priceless model train collections, radio control aircraft, and many period antique toys. Its display area includes two large operational model railway layouts, and displays of period pieces from a range of classic manufacturers that includes Bing, Dinky, Hornby Trains, Märklin, Meccano, Pelham Puppets, and Steiff. The museum also includes individually engineered pieces such as the working quarter-scale traction engine and the Spitfire fighter planes in the lobby, and a range of other working scale models throughout the museum. Previously known as the Sussex Toy And Model Museum, it is located in Trafalgar Street, Brighton under four of the arches supporting Brighton railway station. Entrance to the first arch of the museum, containing the foyer/shop area and the Brighton visitor information point, is free.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leoframes Gallery

2) Leoframes Gallery

Leoframes Gallery is another art venue located on North Road. The gallery offers a framing service, restoration and art works for sale. Here you will find antique prints and repro pictures, as well as modern, high-quality photos. Worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:15 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

3) Lighthouse

Lighthouse is one of the leading art venues in Brighton. It promotes new works of painters, filmmakers, screenwriters, digital artists and animators. It has a diverse program of exhibitions, talks, screenings, networking events and conferences that discover new artistic ideas.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
Jubilee Library

4) Jubilee Library

Jubilee Library is the main public library serving the English city of Brighton and Hove. It forms the centrepiece of the Jubilee Square development in central Brighton—a £50 million scheme to regenerate a 40-year-old brownfield site. Opened in 2005 by the Princess Royal and subsequently visited by Queen Elizabeth II, the library has won many design awards and has been described as "a triumph", "the most important public building constructed in Brighton since the Royal Pavilion" and "the superhero saved the city". In terms of visitor numbers and loans, the library is one of the busiest in England.

Before 2005, the seaside resort of Brighton did not have a purpose-built central library, but there had been attempts to create one for more than a century. The new library, the first part of the Jubilee Square scheme to be finished, was ready on time and on budget in 2005, and superseded a temporary library which had replaced the 100-year-old facilities in 1999. The new library brings together facilities previously housed in separate sites, and offers extensive IT facilities, a large LGBT literature collection and various social and community activities. Several pieces of art were commissioned for the building and its environs. The building has been described as one of the most energy-efficient structures in England—its carbon footprint is half that of a traditional public building of comparable size, and natural energy is used throughout.

Operation hours: Monday – Tuesday: 10 am – 7 pm; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

5) 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

6) 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.
Sea Life Centre

7) 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!
Old Police Cell Museum

8) Old Police Cell Museum

Located in Town Hall, this fascinating museum houses various exhibitions, dedicated to Brighton Police. Old Police Cell Museum will surprise you by its amazing collections including old police uniforms, gas masks, caps, whistles, lanterns and other equipment. Access to the museum is possible only by pre-booked guided tours.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 am - 12 pm.
Art Gallery Fabrica

9) Art Gallery Fabrica

Art Gallery Fabrica is situated in the heart of the town, in a former Regency church, and was opened in 1996. This captivating cultural venue is dedicated to contemporary visual arts and crafts, where you will find a lot of interesting and original exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 1 pm - 6 pm; Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm.

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.
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
Brighton Introduction Walking Tour

Brighton Introduction Walking Tour

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 or 1.4 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
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
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