Art and museums - Brighton

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery - Free

Painting from Brighton museum and art gallery featuring Royal |Pavillion

If you’re struggling to choose between art and history you can find both here.

Spend an afternoon wandering around the collections of Art Nouveau, Fine Art and World Art. If you’re interested in history check out the oral histories from Brighton’s local residents, fashion from the Regency period and the Ancient Egypt gallery designed for children.

Theatre enthusiasts will love the celebration of global performance including puppets, masks, costume and musical instruments.

Interactive displays and children’s workshops will entertain the whole family.

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Toy and Model Museum - 2FOR1

Image of toys and Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Visit one of the finest toy museums in the world under Brighton station’s Victorian arches.

Children and toy enthusiasts will be in awe of the 10,000 exhibits from the early twentieth century including soft toys and two working model railways.

Have a go on early penny arcade machines and look through a working mutoscope. Children will be in awe from the foyer, which has a working quarter-sized radio-controlled spitfire model hanging from the ceiling.

Don’t forget to get your souvenirs; the museum shop has toys for children and collectors alike.

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Volks Railway

People enjoying Volks railway ride along the beachfront

Take a relaxing ride on the world’s oldest electric railway still in use. Opened in 1883, it’s kept running today by a group of dedicated enthusiasts for everyone to enjoy.

Breathe in the sea air as you travel from the Pier to the Marina in open-sided, Victorian carriages. It’s a relaxing journey for adults but an exciting one for children.

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Preston Park Manor House - 2FOR1

Front view of Preston Manor House

History enthusiasts will love this Edwardian home with over 20 rooms to explore. You can even investigate the servants’ quarters, sculleries and pantries. After the hard work, take a stroll through the beautiful walled gardens.

For a spookier visit, take a ghost tour of the house renowned for its supernatural sightings.

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