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


Brighton is one of Europe's queerest cities. During the 18th century sea-bathing craze, Brighton's position as the nearest coast south to 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 only 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.



Tours available most Wednesdays - Sundays 1pm on request


You Tube star Davey Wavey enjoying the Piers and Queers tour


Can't find the time you want? I'm often more flexible than my booking system allows, so please email me with your request.


Regular tours May 2018

Join a regular group tour on weekends during May at just £10 per person. Details from March 2018.



I am also available to give illustrated talks on LGBTQ history

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