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The Historical City Centre Tour

Your guru: Mike
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  • Brighton
  • Available in: English

About the guru Mike

**The Craft Beer Walking Tours are currently still on hold due to lockdown measures.** I'm a Swiss-Swedish-English musician and philosopher who's been living in Brighton since 2002. I originally moved here because of the vibrant and fantastic music scene, which I am still very much a part of today - you may even be lucky enough to catch me playing a gig somewhere! I set u... More »

**The Craft Beer Walking Tours are currently still on hold due to lockdown measures.** I'm a Swiss-Swedish-English musician and philosopher who's been living in Brighton since 2002. I originally moved here because of the vibrant and fantastic music scene, which I am still very much a part of today - you may even be lucky enough to catch me playing a gig somewhere! I set up these Free Walking Tours in December 2018 as I am a huge fan of free walking tours and love traveling myself. As a big fan of history - both orthodox and off-track - I have fallen in love with the fascinating, quirky and colourful history of this fantastic city!

About the tour

Join us on our Free Historical City Centre Tour Of Brighton and discover how a tiny fishing village originally known as “Brighthelmstone” went on to become a metropolis by the sea and England’s most treasured seaside jewel.

Explore Brighton’s diverse architectural history, from the shimmering domes of the Royal Pavilion to the 13th and 14th century heart of the city known as “The Lanes”. Hear how the Prince Regent helped put Brighton on the map during the 1780s after falling in love with the town's flamboyant theatre, pub and brothel scene; and see the place where one of his servants introduced the West to a little-known Indian treatment known as 'shampoo'...!

Learn how Brighton’s enchanting history stretches from its Anglo-Saxon community during the 5th century, to the Norman invasions of the late 11th century, or even earlier Celtic and Roman settlements. Are there really sections of Brighton’s original streets hidden by the sea? And could there actually be an ancient stone circle underneath the present-day Old Steine? Come find out!

On our Historical Tour of Brighton you will journey through Brighton’s mysterious and colourful history, and learn about the city’s transformation from a medieval fishing village with a population of 400, to an artistic and bohemian metropolis known as “London-By-The-Sea.”

This is the original, the official & the organic Free Walking Tour of Brighton!

Meeting point
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How to find me: Just in front of the main entrance to Brighton train station, under the digital clock
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings 15

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Helena Raes

9 days ago

I would definitely recommend this tour. Mike has a lot of knowledge about Brighton and the history of the area. He brings this with humor and entertainment which is great! Definitely worth taking him along to show you the great spots in the city!!

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Katie

15 days ago

Great tour with Mike, my tour ended up being a 1:1 tour with Mike as unfortunately another 4 booked didn't arrive, boo to them and YAY for me :0)

Mike was really fun, informative, happy to answer my many and varied questions and really brought Brighton alive for me in terms of historical facts and modern history too.

Very personable, friendly, knowledgeable and a really nice chap all round. Oh, and also gave a fantastic coffee stop recommendation which was super great.

Highly recommend.

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Amy

20 days ago

Myself and my husband really enjoyed our tour today. Mike is a really great guy, knowledgeable and informative with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Would highly recommend his tours

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Ian

20 days ago

Really well presented tour and knowledgeable guide. Excellent

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Sophie

23 days ago

Mike is a great guy. We really enjoyed the tour! Interesting facts and feel we understand a lot more about the city. Cannot recommend enough! Thanks Mike!

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Devika

23 days ago

Spent a really lovely morning on this walking tour with Mike, who is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Loved learning all the little Brightonian secrets from Roman and medieval times, all the way to the wild 1970s! Would highly recommend for anybody coming to Brighton.

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