Best Brighton Tours
From Graham Greene and mushroom picking to the sewage system, cryptic SMS messages and haunted pubs, we’ve cast our net wide and caught some intriguing and unique tours.
Long time local, DFL or just passing through? Whether you want to see the classic tourist hotspots, explore culinary delights or discover quirky historic tales, the city has a great tour for the wide eyed tourist and veteran Brightonian alike.
We’ve broken them down into classic, cycling, quirky, ghost, literary and artistic, mobile phone, countryside, food and Spanish language. Here’s our guide to tours in Brighton.
These guys boast the title of “Brighton’s No.1 tour” and to be fair, this is the daddy of tours. 90 minutes. A complete history overview. All the landmarks. No messing. They also offer a “Brighton Rock” tour for fans of Graham Greene and the cult movie.
Costs vary dependent on group size.
Perhaps not one for the winter, these open top buses are a classic part of the tourist trade across the globe; stopping at the major sites, audio commentary in various languages, the chance to hop on and off at your own leisure or just relax on the bus.
24 hour ticket from £15.
Whizz between Brighton’s landmarks on a bike as a knowledgeable guide weaves you through the city before stopping for tea and cake at the Royal Pavilion. In an inspired touch, as well as the standard tour, there’s a twilight tour to catch the best of the light and even solo tours one on one.
Standard tour 2 hours 30 minutes. Adults £19.50.
Rent a bike here and go exploring on your own or join a guide into the South Downs. They also offer self-guided route maps and best of all, they do a cycle treasure hunt ending at Rudyard Kipling’s house!
Standard bike hire – £15 per day.
They sum it up best themselves: “a 90-minute fact-filled and tongue-in-cheek walk around the main sights and hidden corners of the city. For the visitor, it is an insider’s introduction; for the hardened Brightonian, a revelation and celebration.”
1 hour 30 mins. Standard adult £8.
Running from May to September this tour takes you through Brighton’s grand Victorian sewers and is extremely popular with both locals and visitors. The only place in the UK where you can do this, the secrets of this 150 year old treasure are genuinely fascinating.
1 hour. £12 adult, £6 kids. 11 yrs +.
What’s more fun than a ghost tour? Nothing. Yes, there was an answer. The tour takes you through Old Steine and the Lanes as you’re regaled with ghastly tales of murder, intrigue and spectral visitations. Not for the faint-hearted, expect the odd jump scare. Group bookings can enjoy a meal at the Cricketers pub too.
70 minutes. £8 adult, £5 conc., £4 kids.
Kemptown certainly is an attractive place to live but it would appear many residents don’t want to leave, even after death. A great fun tour of the macabre and kreepy. Brighton’s longest tour takes you through the surprisingly harrowing lower kemptown.
2 hours 15 mins. £8 adult, £4 kids, £20 family ticket (2 adults 2 children).
Literary & Art
Banksy, Casette Lord, Sinna One – Brighton has its own impressive collection of graffiti and urban art. It might not be Bristol or Berlin (yes, we can admit it) but these tours will show you the very best street art in town.
1 – 2 hours. Free (donations, be generous!).
Peter James is a famous local crime writer and this tour take you through the shady Brighton of Roy Grace, the main character from James’ first two novels. Perfect for lovers of James’ crime world.
2 hours. £10 pp.
For lovers of classic English literature from Dickens to Austen, Greene to Woolfe. Discover the back story of some of our most important authors and the mark Brighton has left on their work.
A unique and fun way to soak up the city, answer cryptic texts sent to your mobile phone as you’re sent to ‘Quirky Bars and Seaside Places’.
2 – 3 hours. £25 per team.
A more traditional tour but done entirely through an app on your phone, this self guided walking tour takes in a range of Brighton’s most important landmarks.
1 hour. Free.
Five unique countryside walks to choose from. Meander through Cuckmere, the chalky south down cliffs and more for magnificent views and tranquil space. They also offer walks in the city with a standard tour as well as Preston Park and the marina.
Standard Brighton tour 3.5 – 4.5 hours. £15 pp.
Countryside tour prices vary depending on group size. Flexible times.
So Sussex offers a bit of everything with mushroom walks, woodland sessions, guided hikes, fishing sessions, story telling and more. Combining homemade food with your tour, these ‘bespoke’ tours are tailored to your needs and are a great way to delve into Sussex country life.
£10 – £40 pp depending on activity.
These guys are proud of Brighton’s “homegrown and offbeat indy food & drink scene” and rightly so. On the V.I.B (very independent Brighton) food tour you’ll meet industry experts, discover the behind the scenes world of Brighton food and, of course, sample an array of gastronomic delights.
3 hours. £35 including all food and drink.
We may have done our best as tourists and expats to invade Spain in recent years, but it turns out they like it here too. Unfortunately I can’t speak Spanish so I’m going out on a limb and saying these Spanish language tours are great if your English is shaky (or nonexistent) and you want to discover the delights of Brighton in your mother tongue. If any Spanish speakers can confirm this, I’d be much obliged!
2 hours. £10 pp.