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Brighton Clock Tower

While the rest of the city has grown around it, this timekeeper stands tall, as an ever-present reminder of the Victorian Age.

Brighton Clock Tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, rising skyward in the center of a commercial street. Its charm lies in its historic and sentimental value to the town. Judge its aesthetics for yourself, as it has been called both charming and charmingly ugly. Capture photos of the classical structure and its Baroque features.

Peruse the shops and cafés on neighboring streets before reaching the tower that stands at their intersection. Gaze up at the 75-foot (23-meter) pillar that rises above the surrounding buildings. The mast with a time ball adds another 16 feet (5 meters) to its height. The noise from the ball frightened local horses, so after several years in operation it was discontinued.

The structure has four clock faces keeping time for the city of Brighton. Note the Corinthian columns and pink granite square base. Appreciate the many intricate details on the four fronts, such as ships with inscriptions and directions. Look for portraits of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and other members of the royal family.

Have your picture taken standing next to one of the city’s most famous structures. Use the site as a meeting point before going out with friends. In winter, the clock tower is decorated in lines of lights for the festive season. Get a closer look at a model of the clock tower in the Brighton Museum.

The site is also known as the Jubilee Clock Tower, since it was built in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee (the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne) in the late 1800s. Architect John Johnson designed the site and politician Sir Arthur Otway laid the foundation stone.

Find Brighton Clock Tower in the center of the city. Take a bus to one of the many stops along the commercial streets near the tower. Churchill Square, St. Nicholas Church and the Pavilion Gardens are nearby attractions. Walk to the beach from the tower in just a few minutes.


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The Grand Brighton $150
Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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The Grand Brighton

The Grand Brighton

97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Stately hotel on waterfront. Near the stont beach and a number of great restaurant choices. Rooms clean and spacious.

    Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront $108
    Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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    Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

    Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

    Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Fantastic location and great staff. From check in to check out everything was smooth

      Hilton Brighton Metropole $85
      Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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      Hilton Brighton Metropole

      Hilton Brighton Metropole

      Kings Road, East Sussex, Brighton, England
         
        3.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The hospitality and catering for needs was amazing . Really went out there own way

        Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel $104
        Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019
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        Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

        Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel

        149 Kings Road, Brighton, England
           
          3.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Lovely clean room was very hot tho as the window only opened a few inches. Beautiful hotel

          My Brighton $95
          Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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          My Brighton

          My Brighton

          17 Jubilee Street, Brighton, England
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Location was perfect, bright airy rooms - Pillow’s fall down back of bed which is a little annoying

            The Old Ship Hotel $79
            Reviewed on May 5, 2019
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            The Old Ship Hotel

            The Old Ship Hotel

            Kings Road, Brighton, England
               
              3.8 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Very quaint with good view of the sea from a front lounge area. Quirky old elevator is amusing and charming. Breakfast staff are wonderful!

              Royal Albion Hotel $55
              Reviewed on May 8, 2019
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              Royal Albion Hotel

              Royal Albion Hotel

              35 Old Steine, Brighton, England
                 
                2.9 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                It was right on the beach and very clean.Well stocked bar and very attentive staff. Prices were pretty good too.

                Jurys Inn Brighton $65
                Reviewed on May 23, 2019
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                Jurys Inn Brighton

                Jurys Inn Brighton

                101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  I like everything. The hotel is very close to the train station which was good for me.