Brighton: Exploring the Town's Key Historical Sites

Shopping for antiques reveals a lot, not just about the items you’re browsing or purchasing, but about the area in which they’re from. This is particularly true when you visit Brighton and head to Patrick Moorhead Antiques: since the early 1950s, our antique dealing has been entwined with Brighton’s rich cultural history.

With this in mind, if you’re visiting our warehouse, it makes sense to explore the best Brighton has to offer in terms of other outstanding historical and culture-rich locations. And vice versa: if you’re in Brighton to explore its incredible buildings and key historical sites, be sure to come and view our exquisite range of antiques.

Aside from our antiques, here are some unmissable treasures of Brighton’s streets.

The Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion was initially built as the seaside pleasure palace for George, Prince of Wales. It is entrenched in over 200 years of history, with this history reflected in its design, style and furnishings. George turned his Brighton lodging house into a beautiful but modest villa, with inspiration from his love of visual arts and a fascination of the then-mythical orient. This has led to various antiques on display in the Pavilion, such as Chinese export furniture and wallpapers.

After George was disallowed to reign (called incapable of performing his duties), his son George IV was sworn in as Prince Regent. This led the Pavilion to being converted into the modern oriental palace that it is today. It had been carefully decorated with galleries, beautiful oriental decorations and Regency Era furnishings.

When Queen Victoria took over, she thought that the pavilion was too extravagant for its own good, and so she stripped it and placed the furniture and decorations in other royal homes. However, when Brighton became prosperous and of symbolic importance because of this pavilion, Queen Victoria returned many of these items (chandeliers, wall paintings and fixtures), as well as other items, to go on show for visitors to the residence.

The Brighton Pier

A must-see for visitors is the Grade II* listed Brighton Pier. Opening in 1823 and having been through (ravaged by and then rebuilt) both World Wars, this is an excellent scenic spot for visitors. With its rich history, such as its shared grand ceremony in 1899 with the Brighton Marine Palace and its transformation into an amusement park, those coming to the area should feel inspired by such an iconic Brighton structure.

The Grand Hotel

Standing for over 150 years, The Grand Hotel Brighton has stood for long enough to be an important historical monument in Brighton. With a lovely balance of modern and traditional design and furnishings inside, this is not just a place to stay when visiting Patrick Moorhead Antiques in Brighton, but also a place to enjoy exploring (with bars, restaurants and a lovely lobby space). The hotel has a surprising and intriguing history, including the 1984 bombing and the assassination attempt on the life of Margaret Thatcher and the first-ever electrical lift in the United Kingdom outside of London.

The Lanes

The Lanes is a series of twists and turns in the form of alleys. A curious district of town that now hosts a myriad of independent shops and cafes, this is a definite must-visit when coming to Brighton. It’s the ideal place to get lost (in the loveliest of ways!) and take pleasure in, as well as obtain the best impression of the wares Brighton has to offer.