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The Clock Tower

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The Brighton story - walking tour
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The Brighton story - walking tour

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“The Brighton story” is a Tripadvisor award winning 90 minute walking tour.<br>Perfect for visitors to the city and overseas students.<br>Explore old Brighton with an experienced English speaking local tour guide.<br>This popular tour visits all main attractions.<br>Tour is available most days of the week.<br>2 metres apart. Masks optional.
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dawn19442019 wrote a review Oct 2020
Kent, United Kingdom13 contributions5 helpful votes
The clock tower was there nothing to write home about. However, the shop that can't be seen behind it was good.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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RobH wrote a review Sep 2020
17 contributions17 helpful votes
The clock is a visual delight and well placed, but sadly the golden ball no longer goes up and down the clock's mast to signal the hours.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Julian C wrote a review Aug 2020
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
There’s a tower it has a clock on it, can’t really complain. It’s mostly used as a landmark to give directions. It’s good for that too.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Malarchy wrote a review Jun 2020
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo846 contributions562 helpful votes
The Clock Tower is an under-appreciated symbol of Brighton at one of the main junctions in the centre of town. It sits on the corner of Queens Road and West Street yet somehow does not stand out given most in the area concern themselves with the multiple street crossings and traffic lights in the immediate vicinity. It is a shame the Clock Tower is not as celebrated as it should be because it has been standing since 1888 and so has borne witness to Brighton's growth shortly after the arrival of the railway into the city it is now. It is also clearly a memorial to a period in time given the images of the Prince and Princess of Wales on opposite sides. That would Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra who ascended to the throne in 1901. Other sides portray Queen Victoria and her consort Albert. The monarchist connotations do not necessarily fit with famously liberal modern Brighton but it is a snapshot of a fascinating moment in time speaking to the values of local decision makers in the very period when Brighton was expanding rapidly. The Tower itself is not exactly spectacular. Clock towers are always a pleasing feature wherever they are to be found but it is a little drab. The light grey colour does not stand out while the adornments are not especially easy to see as they do not contrast strongly. The clocks itself are no longer as useful as they once were of course given the ubiquity of time telling devices such as phones. The most important features of the Clock Tower are the portraits of the various royals. It is a fairly personal set of images because there is something tender about the way they are interpreted rather than the traditional heroism of the Victorian era. The structure itself stands at 75 feet for the main structure plus the rarely noticed mast which at the time was probably large but nowadays means it is not as tall as the surrounding buildings. Criticism that the Clock Tower is ugly probably is merited. Frankly, this is a curio rather than something impressive of beautiful. What makes it special is not really what it looks like as it is fairly uninspiring. Instead, what makes this a monument well worth preserving is its capture of a crucial moment in a time of major Brighton development.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Pandamedic wrote a review Jan 2020
Lichfield, United Kingdom5,288 contributions554 helpful votes
We walked past the clock tower in the evening. It's a bit overshadowed by how close it is to all the shops, but the lit up clock face still stood out.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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