Legends Of The Lanes
An off beat look at Brighton, Organised groups can start the walking tour at various central locations, at a time of your choice, and the duration can be adjusted to suit your requirements. Contact me with a date and number of participants for a quote.
This tour is available only as a private group booking.
"Monks, martyrs, music hall, murder. Smugglers, dippers, fishermen. Quakers, Synagogue, Chapels. An entertaining exploration of Brighton's oldest part of town, the Lanes"
Most people think of the Lanes as the area of narrow streets full of shops and restaurants in the heart of Brighton. Whilst this is true, it is also the oldest part of town, dating back centuries to the time when the village of Brighthelmstone consisted of a maze of streets bounded by North Street, South Street, East Street and West Street. Here were the market, the monastic farm, the poorhouse, the fishermen's cottages, the hustle and bustle of every day life. Many of the buildings are in fact older than they look, having been re-fronted over the years. Each has a story to tell, and who better to tell them than someone who has lived here. This walk winds its way through some of the narrowest of the twittens (why this name? Come and find out) and back again, stopping many times en route to hear the local stories and look at the photos. What is now a smart restaurant was a hardware store selling tin baths 100 years ago. See where Laurence Olivier made his stage debut and where the Beatles played. Add 'the oldest public house' in town, (a title hotly debated!), the oldest house (ditto!), Graham Greene's favourite pub and Oscar Wilde's favourite restaurant, hear about the monks graveyard and the smugglers haunts. Add in a sprinkling of chapels, including one now a pub, for a marvellous potpouri of a tour, however well you may think you know the area.
Client Comments About The Legends Of The Lanes
"My group were very impressed with the tour and would like to book another"
- Anna, Branta Travel, London
"We wanted to pass on the many compliments received on your tour"
- Marketing team, Brighton & Hove Visitor and Convention Bureau