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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


6th Best Thing to Do in Brighton - Time Out


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 learn about Anne Lister's trip to Brighton (subject of BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack), as well as Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and Dusty Springfield. We uncover some extraordinary unsung heroes, including a pioneering doctor who passed as man decades before women were allowed to practice medicine, 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 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: semi-private (small group) tours 2020 - 2021

Most Wednesdays - Sundays 1pm, on request

£35 per person

Duration 90 minutes

Small group tour - maximum 5 people in total (please email if you have a larger group)


Meet: Regency Square



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: email

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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