Tours

Palmeira Mansions, Brighton Station, Brighton's Seawater Tour, and Aquarium History Tour

These guided tours are an opportunity to get into amazing places, which are not usually open to the public, and get an insight into the history of the buildings.

Palmeira Mansions

Since 2000 I have run tours of 33 Palmeira Mansions as part of the Brighton Festival, then from 2008 the first Sunday of the month throughout the year.

Take a glimpse back at Victorian life in a house tour which reveals the opulence, taste and lifestyle of a nouveau riche gentleman. This terraced house with its impressive grade II* listed interior, has miraculously survived and is now part of the English Language Centre in Hove.





2017 tour dates and booking instructions

Tours are run at 11am on the first Sunday of the month. Private tours for small groups or societies can be arranged in advanced for a minimum fee of £65 for up to eleven people, then with an additional charge of £6 a person for up to the maximum tour of twenty-five.

1st January 5th February 5th March
2nd April 7th May 4th June
2nd July 6th August 3rd September
1st October 5th November 3rd December

No need to book, just turn up!
1½ hour tour
Pay at the door - £8 or £6 concessions
33 Palmeira Mansions, Hove, BN3 2GB
(on the corner of Salisbury Road and Church Road)


Brighton’s Seawater Tour

Fresh air, amazing sea views, lovely stories, forgotten histories, seaside architecture and aquatic entertainment. See how the seawater has drawn people to Brighton for their health and delight, discovering bath houses, the aquarium, piers and swimming pools. The seawater establishments that have shaped our seafront and city, whether planned but never built, loved but lost or surviving as a legacy of the seawater cure.


2017 tour dates and booking instructions

Brighton's Seawater Tours Private tours for small groups or societies can be arranged in advanced for a minimum fee of £60 for up to ten people, then with an additional charge of £6 a person up to the maximum of twenty-five.

Summer tour dates: All tours start at 11am

July

Saturday 1
Sunday 9
Sunday 16
Sunday 23
Sunday 30

August

Saturday 5
Sunday 13
Sunday 20
Sunday 27
Bank Holiday Monday
Monday 28

September

Saturday 2
Sunday 10
Sunday 17
Sunday 24

Tour one and a half hours
£8, Concessions £6
No need to book just turn up
Meet opposite the Brighton Volk’s Railway Station on Madeira Drive by red post box next to shops BN21PS


Brighton Station Tours

This will be the sixteenth year that I have run the Brighton Station tours as part of the festival, I started conducting the tours after 28 million pounds had been spent on restoring the magnificent glass and cast iron roof. Brighton is a really important Station in railway history, as an early seaside resort and the head office for ‘The London to Brighton Railway Company’.


These amazing tours only happen in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. It is a great chance to learn about the hidden places, local history and wonderful engineering of Brighton’s grade II* railway station. The tour starts with an illustrated lecture on the history, development and hidden places of the terminus, followed by a tour of the station with the permission of Southern Railway.



2017 tour dates and booking instructions

The Station tours book up very quickly due to limited spaces so it is best to book in advance.

Saturday 6th May 11am & 2pm
Saturday 13th May 11am
Sunday 14th May 11am & 2pm
Saturday 20th May 11am
Sunday 21th May 11am & 2pm
Saturday 27th May 11am & 2pm
Sunday 28th May 11am & 2pm
Saturday 3rd June 11am & 2pm
Sunday 4th June 11am & 2pm

Ticket price is £9 (£8 concessions)
TO BOOK A TICKET www.brightonfringe.org
01273 917272
TICKETS ON SALE FROM the 1st MARCH
In person: Brighton Fringe New Road Box Office
Opposite the Theatre Royal on New Road, Brighton
26 North Street, Brighton BN1 1EB


Aquarium History Tour, SEA LIFE Brighton

This is a unique opportunity to go off the public route and learn about the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Tour starts with an illustrated talk looking back to the grand opening in 1872, the alterations and uses of the building, including additional entertainment. Followed by a tour around the grade II listed building with a different view of the impressive gothic style Victorian arcade. There will also be stories of past inhabitants, where they were housed, the tanks and displays, plus the recent restoration work.


2017 tour dates and booking instructions

Aquarium History Tour Limited spaces, just twelve places on a each tour please book in advance.

Sunday 7th May 4pm
Tuesday 9th May 4.30pm
Thursday 11th May 4.30pm
Friday 12th May 4pm
Saturday 13th May 4pm
Monday 15th May 4pm
Tuesday 16th May 4.30pm
Friday 19th May 4pm
Saturday 20th May 4pm
Monday 22nd May 4pm
Tuesday 23rd May 4.30pm
Wednesday 24th May 4pm
Thursday 25th May 4.30pm

Tour 90 minutes meet at the SEA LIFE centre entrance
Ticket price is £15

TO BOOK A TICKET brightonfringe.org
01273 917272
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 1st MARCH
In person: Brighton Fringe New Road Box Office
Opposite the Theatre Royal on New Road, Brighton
26 North Street, Brighton BN1 1EB


Tours of the Old Ship Hotel have ended

The Old Ship Hotel tours which have been running for nine years are no longer taking place. The tours have run since June 2007 and it has been a pleasure to conduct tours in such a special historic building. I would like to thank the various managers and staff who have supported me over the years making these tours possible.


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