Brighton - Arts and Culture

Things to see and do

A cultural melting pot, Brighton boasts a rich history and exciting future - ranging from the beautiful architecture of the Royal Pavilion to the city's many galleries showcasing contemporary and historical art pieces of both local and international acclaim.

Brighton Gay & Lesbian History Trail
For anyone who wants to learn more about why Brighton is such a gay friendly destination, VisitBrighton has a free podcast "Brighton Gay & Lesbian History Trail" available to download .

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
A permanent Gay and Lesbian exhibition was installed in the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in 2002 when the venue re-opened after a £10 million redevelopment. The 'Images of Brighton' and 'Exploring Brighton' galleries now have a dedicated section for the city’s abundant LGBT community, including quotes, audio recordings and iconic photographs taken across the city throughout the ages.

Brighton Dome, Church Street
A brilliant entertainment venue, Brighton Dome is part of the historic Pavilion Estate and hosts a packed, year round programme of live music, dance, theatre, comedy and family events. Other venues include the Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre.

Brighton Pier
A Victorian pier with various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions and Palace of Fun arcade.Palm Court Fish Restaurant, Victoria's bar and Horatio's bar. With a choice of bars and our famous fish and chip restaurant, Brighton Pier makes it a day to remember!

Sculptural Heritage, Various Locations
Brighton is also home to an array of impressive sculptural works . From the ‘doughnut’ and Kiss Wall on Brighton seafront to the ‘singing’ sculptures in Churchill Square, why not download the National Recording Project for Sussex Brighton Sculpture Trail and learn more about Brighton’s rich and diverse sculptural heritage?

Royal Pavilion
Take a tour of King George IV’s former home-from-home which, with its lavish interior, exquisite external architecture and stunning grounds, is arguably one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the British Isles - and all within walking distance of Brighton’s best gay haunts!

Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Brighton
The Theatre Royal, Brighton is a theatre which presents a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet.

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton
Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery housed in a former Regency church in the centre of Brighton. Our mission is to increase access to and promote understanding of contemporary visual art to as broad an audience as possible.

Rodus Gallery,16-30 Hollingdean Road, Brighton
A space for emerging national and local artists and designers.

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