Western Brighton Walking Tour, Brighton (Self Guided)

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.
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Western Brighton Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Western Brighton Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Brighton (See other walking tours in Brighton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: leticia
St John the Baptist's Church

1) St John the Baptist's Church

St John the Baptist's Church is a Roman Catholic church in the Kemptown area of the English city of Brighton and Hove. It was the first Roman Catholic church built in Brighton after the process of Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century removed restrictions on Catholic worship. Located on Bristol Road, a main road east of the city centre, it is one of 11 Catholic churches in Brighton and Hove.

The first Catholic place of worship in Brighton was established above a shop in 1798; it was one of the earliest in Britain. In 1805 the priest in charge, a French émigré, started to raise money for a permanent building; a site on High Street, east of the Royal Pavilion and Old Steine, was found, and the Classical-style church was completed in 1807. It was demolished in 1981. St John the Baptist Catholic School moved away from its original site next to the church in 1989, when a new building was provided on Whitehawk Hill. The convent chapel is now used as a rest home, although its origins as a chapel are still apparent. The church holds Masses on Saturday evenings, Sunday mornings and Holy Days of Obligation.

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The Grand Hotel (Brighton Hotel Bombing)

2) The Grand Hotel (Brighton Hotel Bombing)

The Brighton Hotel Bombing happened on 12 October 1984 at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. The bomb was planted by Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Patrick Magee, with the intention of assassinating Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet who were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party conference. Patrick Magee had stayed in the hotel under the false name of Roy Walsh during the weekend of 14–17 September 1984. During his stay, he planted the bomb under the bath in his room, number 629. The bomb detonated at 2:54 a.m. on 12 October. Margaret Thatcher was still awake at the time, working on her conference speech for the next day in her suite. It badly damaged her bathroom, but left her sitting room and bedroom unscathed. Both she and her husband Denis escaped injury. She changed her clothes and was then escorted to Brighton police station. As she left the police station, she gave an impromptu interview to the BBC's John Cole at around 4:00 a.m., where she said the conference would go on as usual. Thatcher went from the conference to visit the injured at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The bomb failed to kill Thatcher or any of her government ministers.

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Regency Square

3) Regency Square

Regency Square is a large early 19th-century residential development on the seafront in Brighton, part of the British city of Brighton and Hove. Conceived by speculative developer Joshua Hanson as Brighton underwent its rapid transformation from fishing village to fashionable resort, the three-sided "set piece" of around 70 houses and associated structures was designed and built over a ten-year period by Brighton's most important Regency-era architects: the partnership of Charles Busby, Amon Wilds and his son Amon Henry Wilds.

The site was originally Belle Vue Field—used at various times as a military camp (mentioned in Pride and Prejudice), a showground and the location of a windmill. The square was a prestigious, high-class development, attracting the social elite. The square gradually lost its prestige status after the First World War as hotels started to move in. The square's central garden, originally private, has been council-owned since 1884 and is publicly accessible, and an underground car park was built beneath it in 1969.

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Regency Town House

4) Regency Town House (must see)

The Regency Town House is situated at Brunswick Square and represents a Grade I listed building of the mid-1820s. It is a cultural centre and museum, dedicated to the architecture and rich history of Brighton and Hove between the 18th and 19th centuries.
Adelaide Crescent

5) Adelaide Crescent

Adelaide Crescent is situated in the western part of the city. It is a square, surrounded by numerous old buildings. Many of them represent Grade II listed buildings and date back to the 19th century. The first ten houses were built according to plans drawn up by Decimus Burton in 1830 in the form of a crescent.
Palmeira Square

6) Palmeira Square

Palmeira Square is the central square in western Brighton, where you will find a number of impressive Victorian buildings, shops and restaurants. The square is also famous for its floral clock. Palmeira Square was originally part of the property of Baron Goldsmid or Baron de Palmeira - hence the name of the square.
Statue of Queen Victoria

7) Statue of Queen Victoria

Near City Council, at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Kingsway, you will find a huge statue, dedicated to her majesty Queen Victoria. The monument was erected in 1897 for the queen’s diamond jubilee. It is also a dividing point between Hove and Brighton.

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 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 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 Seafront Walking Tour

Brighton Seafront Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 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: 2.4 km
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: 3.6 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

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.