People don’t normally associate Brighton with learning and museums, but it has a fantastic range which is well worth a visit. Here ‘s our selection which we would recommend.

Brighton Fishing Museum’s beach leisure trade and fishing industry in celebrated in this fantastic museum on the coast. Exhibitions include fishing artefacts and boats. There are also films and slideshows, as well as an audio presentation of fishermen singing and talking.

The Toy and Model Museum is the home to one of the best collections of toys and models in the whole world. It’s located under Brighton station so is excellent for transport. The collection includes toys from the last century, model trains, antique toys and creations from the world’s best toy makers.

Close to Brighton is Hove Museum and Art Gallery. The toy gallery here is designed with the theme of a wizard’s attic. It includes a wizards’ workshop for broken toys. There’s even a time-torn bedroom, half in the Victorian times, half in modern day. In the local history gallery the story of Portslade and Hove from prehistoric times to today is explored – displays include the famous prehistoric Amber Cup.

Preston Manor is a captivating house on the outskirts of Brighton and Hove. It’s adorned in a traditionally Edwardian style both above and below the stairs. It has elegant reception rooms and authentic kitchens and servants’ rooms.

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