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.





2018 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.

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


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.


2018 tour dates and booking instructions

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

Friday 4th May 4.30pm
Sunday 6th May 4pm
Monday 7th May 4.30pm
Wednesday 9th May 4pm
Thursday 10th May 4.30pm
Friday 11th May 4pm
Sunday 13th May 4pm
Monday 14th May 4.30pm
Tuesday 15th May 4pm
Wednesday 16th May 4.30pm
Thursday 17th May 4pm
Saturday 19th May 4pm
Monday 21st May 4pm
Tuesday 22nd May 4.30pm
Wednesday 23rd May 4pm
Thursday 24th May 4.30pm
Friday 25th May 4pm

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


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.


2018 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

Sunday 8th July 11am

Sunday 15th July 11am

Sunday 22nd July 11am

Sunday 29th July 11am

Sunday 12th August 11am

Sunday 19th August 11am

Sunday 26th August 11am

Sunday 9th September 11am

Sunday16th September 11am

Sunday 23rd September 11am

Sunday 30th September 11am

Tour one and a half hours
£8, Concessions £6
No need to book just turn up
Meet at the Brighton Volk’s Railway Station on Madeira Drive 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.



2018 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 5th May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 12th May 11am & 2pm

Sunday 13th May 11am

Saturday 19th May 11am

Sunday 20th May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 26th May 11am & 2pm

Sunday 27th May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 2nd June 11am & 2pm

Sunday 3rd June 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


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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