Brighton Palace Pier Tour, 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.

Brighton Palace Pier Tour

Follow in the steps of the Victorians in a stroll along the pier, a pleasure that has been enjoyed by generations. Experience a breath of fresh air and great views while the intriguing history of the pier is revealed, from a place to promenade into a palace of entertainment. The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Company intention was to build ‘a people’s palace above the sea’, with the first pile been driven into the seabed on the 7th November in 1891 and the grand opening of the pier was on May 20th in 1899.

2019 tour dates and booking instructions

To view tour dates or book a ticket please follow this link to the Brighton Palace Pier booking page:

16 June 30 June
14 July 28 July
18 August 31 August
8 September 22 September

90 minute tour
£10 or £9 concessions
Meet at the entrance of the pier at 10am

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.

2019 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 £70 for up to ten people, then with an additional charge of £7 a person for up to the maximum tour of twenty-five.

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

No need to book, just turn up!
1 hour 45 minutes tour
Pay at the door - £9 or £8 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.

2019 tour dates and booking instructions

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

Friday 3 May 4pm
Sunday 5 May 4pm
Monday 6 May 4.30pm
Tuesday 7 May 4pm
Thursday 9 May 4.30pm
Friday 10 May 4pm
Saturday 11 May 4pm
Monday 13 May 4pm
Tuesday 14 May 4pm
Thursday 16 May 4.30pm
Friday 17 May 4pm
Saturday 18 May 4pm
Monday 20 May 4.30pm
Tuesday 21 May 4pm
Wednesday 22 May 4.30pm
Thursday 23 May 4.30pm
Friday 24 May 4pm

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

01273 917272

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.

Brighton's Seawater Tour, private tours for small groups or societies can be arranged in advanced for a minimum fee of £70 for up to ten people, then with an additional charge of £7 a person up to the maximum of twenty-five.

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.

2019 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 4 May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 11 May 11am

Sunday 12 May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 18 May 11am

Sunday 19 May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 25 May 11am & 2pm

Sunday 26 May 11am & 2pm

Saturday 1 June 11am & 2pm

Sunday 2 June 2pm

Ticket price is £10 (£9 concessions)
2 hour tour
01273 917272

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.