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Brighton and Hove cultural attractions

Whether you prefer to visit a festival or a museum, we’ve captured Brighton’s best arts and culture destinations and here are some of the best venues. If you like live music and enjoy new talent try the BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute), which has produced the likes of James Bay and Tom Odell – who have both played at the Brighton Centre. One of Brighton’s most famous alternative gig venues is Concorde 2, down on the beach. The beautiful Victorian building was originally used as a tea room, but is now one of the best live music venues in the UK.

The Theatre Royal regularly hosts musicals and West End shows and the Marlborough Pub and Theatre is one of the city’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1794. It has just 60 seats and offers a variety of performances. Brighton also has two of the UK’s best art house cinemas. Duke of York’s at Preston Circus is the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinema, and has one large screen with 278 seats and Duke’s at Komedia was built in 2012, and has two smaller screens for a more intimate viewing experience.

Our picks

Chalk Gallery
Art gallery

4 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PA

Chalk Gallery is a unique contemporary gallery devoted to promoting local artists and their work. It offers a wonderful showcase for a wide variety of beautiful, high quality 2D and 3D art works. The diversity of artists and their involvement in running the gallery themselves, ensures that exhibitions are changed and refreshed with new original pieces every six weeks. A different artist is featured every three weeks. Visit website

Proud Cabaret
Proud Cabaret

83 St George’s Road, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1EF

Modelled on a 1920s speakeasy club, Proud Cabaret offers fine dining and entertainment in a beautiful listed building, with a hand-painted dome ceiling reminiscent of the illicit glamour of a bygone era. Glitzy, glamorous and down-right entertaining, kicking your heels up at Proud Cabaret, which has all the makings of a great night out. Perfect for hen parties, weddings, weekends away or a glam date night. Visit website

Kellie Miller Arts Gallery
Paint brushes

20 Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH

Kellie Miller Arts Gallery is an independent, contemporary art gallery located in the heart of the Brighton Lanes, showcasing exquisite artworks from UK and International artists. Award-winning artists, sculptures and ceramics can be seen here, all beautifully displayed by artist curator Kellie Miller in her gallery on two floors. Described as the ‘best gallery in Brighton’ and ‘a must stop destination’, with its ever changing exhibitions, it always aims to delight. Visit website

Brighton Festival
Brighton Festival

12A Castle Square, Brighton BN1 1EE

Brighton Festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events. It takes place in familiar and unusual locations across Brighton and Hove and further afield for three weeks every May. Establishing in 1967, Brighton Festival is known for its ambitious and daring programme that aims to make the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere, drawing some of the most innovative artists and companies in the UK and around the world. Visit website

St Bartholomew’s Church
St Bartholomews

Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP

St Bartholomew’s Church on Ann Street in Brighton is a Grade 1-listed Victorian church famous for its Art Nouveau furnishings. St Bartholomew’s aims to be a friendly church where people of all christian backgrounds are welcomed and valued whenever they choose to visit. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Anna KolosyukJake Hills/Unsplash; Dariusz Oczkowicz/; Paul Marc Mitchell/Proud Cabaret Brighton; Sean Pearce/St Bartholomew's Church; Summer Dean/Brighton Festival

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