Piers & Queers

a tour of Brighton's LGBTQ history

***** Broadway Baby            ***** 'Awesome tour. Highly recommended' - Love Fringe


**** 'a tour that constantly surprises us with hidden facts about the city' - Broadway Baby


'definitely needs to be one of the first things you do for your gay holiday in Brighton' - DNA Magazine


'a charming and knowledgable expert in gay history' - Bent Magazine


 'incredible characters and untold stories' - Gay Star News


LGBT Tour of the Year UK 2018 - iGap Travel Awards


Brighton is one of Europe's queerest cities. During the 18th century sea-bathing craze, Brighton's position as the nearest coast south of London transformed the town into a cosmopolitan place of resort, recreation and freedom, a destination for people who didn't conform. With an LGBTQ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England's first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK's largest Pride event as well as Europe's first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ Capital of Britain.


Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspective, in a colourful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city centre.


We take in over 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. We discover prominent historical figures including Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and Dusty Springfield, as well as some extraordinary unsung heroes, including a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, a 19th-century lesbian diarist, an Edwardian 'drag king' and a 'same-sex' marriage in 1923.


'Ric was a fantastic guide ... Moving, inspirational and fascinating exploration of the real-life characters involved in shaping the vibrant, relaxed, progressive, bohemian city it is today. Highly recommended for anyone - none of us was LGBTQ in our group - with an interest in the kind of history that schools in 21st century Britain ought to be teaching.' - customer review on Viator


To get a taste of the tour, click on the reviews at the top of the page.


Piers & Queers: public tours May 2019

Weekends & public holidays in May 2019 only as part of the Brighton Fringe festival

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27

£10 per person - book through the Brighton Fringe

Piers & Queers: semi-private (small group) tours 2019

From June 2019, most Wednesdays - Sundays 1pm, on request

£35 per person

Duration 90 minutes


Looing for a tour in May ? Book through Brighton Fringe:

Private Tours

You Tube star Davey Wavey enjoying the Piers and Queers tour


Fully-private, bespoke or large group (max 25) tours available at any time.

Include in your email: date & time, approximate numbers and reason for visit (e.g. tourism, celebration, educational program).




Can't come to Brighton? I can come to you:  illustrated talks on LGBTQ history

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