'Only in Brighton!' tour: Frequently-asked Questions

How do I recognise the guide at the start of the tour?

Meet here for 'Only in Brighton!' - Royal Pavilion Shop, 4 Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1EE

I will be outside the Royal Pavilion Shop ten minutes before the start of the tour. I will be holding an 'Only in Brighton!' folder, and doing my best 'I'm a tour guide' impression.

Please note, the Royal Pavilion Shop is the start point for the 'Only in Brighton!' tour. Other tours, including 'Piers & Queers', have different meeting places - please check your booking details.

What if I can't find the guide?

Have you booked? Tours now only take place if there are advance bookings.

If you haven't found me by the scheduled start time, ring 07931 847422.

 

What happens if I arrive late?

We aim to leave the meeting point about 5 minutes after the scheduled start time

After that, you can catch us up by heading north - you should see us a few metres away near the Royal Pavilion entrance, and after that by the George IV statue and the Brighton Dome on Church Street.

If you have booked and are running late - ring me on 07931 847422.

 

Where do we go?

Brighton city centre is very compact, so we can easily get a taste of the main areas and sights, including the Royal Pavilion, Dome, Lanes, North Laine and the beach. If you are new to Brighton, the tour works very well as an orientation.

 

Where does it finish?

The beach, just west of the Pier. It's five minutes from the start of the tour, and right next to the Lanes and the city centre. The perfect place to continue your day.

We will finish 80-90 minutes after the start time.

 

How much walking is involved?

Not too much - about 1.5 miles (2.5km), no hills. We may choose to take some steps down to the beach, but only if that is OK with everyone. If you have some difficulty walking we won't walk very fast, and there are some benches, especially near the end of the route. A quick word with me at the begininng of the tour will help me take you into consideration. If you have any concerns email me

 

Is it suitable for children?

People of all ages are very welcome on the tour, but Only in Brighton! is not written specifically as a children's entertainment. I can't guarantee that all under 10s will find it very exciting, but I've had many older children on the tour who have had a great time.  

There are some mild and appropriately-contextualised references to drunkeness and sexuality. But hey, you're in Brighton.

 

What if it's raining?

I won't cancel a tour because of the weather. 

Despite the UK's reputation, most of the time it doesn't rain: Brighton's annual rainfall is 800mm, the same as Rome and a lot less than New York (1200mm). 40% of daylight hours are sunny (this stretch of coast has more sunshine than anywhere else on mainland Britain). Heavy rain for the duration of a tour is actually very rare.

What you should expect are short light showers - at any time of year and even if the forecast doesn't say so. And wind. So please bring something waterproof, and suitable for being on a British beach, particularly if it's an evening tour. If we are caught in an unexpected shower, I will do my best to stop in sheltered places, but you are responsible for dressing according to the climate.

 

Can I turn up without booking?

The tour only runs if there are advance bookings.

The exception is during the Fringe festival 4th May-3rd June 2018 where you can just turn up and pay by cash.

If you haven't booked and and happen to be in the area, you are welcome to come to the Royal Pavilion shop just before 7pm and pay by cash. But please don't complain if nobody is there.

 

Is it suitable for regular visitors to Brighton?

Yes, absolutely. As you can see from the Trip Advisor reviews, many long-term residents and regular visitors come on the tour - I guarantee that you will learn something new, and gain a fresh perspective on the city.

 

Is it suitable for first-time visitors?

Yes, absolutely. The commentary draws together the main themes of modern and historical Brighton and doesn't assume any previous knowledge, and gives an insight into the special character of the city.

 

Is it suitable for visitors from abroad?

Yes. The tour is a great overview of what makes Brighton interesting, without being too heavy on boring facts. Although the tour is only in English, I am an English Language teacher (check out my website here) and am used to adapting my language to the knowledge of the audience. Many people have told me that they understand my English more easily than most other English-speakers. The tour is also very visual, so you should enjoy it even if you don't understand all my jokes!

 

Are there refreshments and toilets?

These are not included, but there are two cafes next to the start of the tour if you arrive early. There are shops nearby to buy bottled water etc. There are public toilets in Pavilion Gardens near the start.

 

Where can I park?

The Lanes car park (Black Lion St), NCP Church Street and on-street parking on Madeira Drive are all a five-minute walk from the start of the tour.

 

How do I get there by public transport?

Brighton train station is a 15-minute walk away.

Almost all city and regional buses stop either on Old Steine (1 minute away), North Street (1 min) or Churchill Square (5 mins).

 

Can I bring my dog?

Yes.

 

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the route is step-free. The pavements in Brighton, however, can get rather narrow, uneven and crowded. If you have any questions email me

 

Is it accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing?

I have experience with Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and can speak clearly. Written tour notes are available on request - email me

 

Can I book private tour?

Yes, private tours are available at a time to suit you. Email me for a quote.

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