Brighton is famous for its antique shops, and has always been a good destination for picking up obscure and interesting pieces. The shops tend to cluster in a few areas of the town, so if you're coming for a visit and want to pick up something with an entertaining history or the perfect piece to complete a room, these are the areas you need to visit.
The oldest part of Brighton, The Lanes also holds the most shops for old pieces of furniture, jewellery, and other interesting things.
The Lanes is just east of the main shopping centre of Brighton and is almost completely pedestrianised, having been built well before cars became affordable. It's quite compact, and very messy, the easiest way to navigate it is pick a direction and let your nose sniff out somewhere interesting.
Despite it's small size, the Lanes packs in a lot of shops so you can spend several hours wandering around it and finding new places. Try to find the Bath Arms pub, which is down the lane coming out on Ship Street, as it has several antique shops near it which have been there for many years and always have interesting items on offer.
From The Lanes walk across The Steine and up St. James's Street in to Kemp Town. On the way you'll find several antiques shops and a 'flea market' with lower cost curiosities.
Everything of interest is on the same road or visible from it, keep walking up St. James's Street and it turns in to Upper St. James's Street, then Bristol Road, and finally St. George's Road. Bristol Road is mainly houses, but it's worth walking through as there are more interesting shops further on in Kemp Town village.
We are in a road off of St. James's Street, so we're ideally placed if you'd like a wander up and down looking for interesting shops.
The North Laine area, between North Street and Trafalgar Street, is full of independent shops and some of them, often the corner units at the end of roads, stock antiques. It is also home to two flea markets, which might have hidden gems in them. One is 'Snooper's Paradise' in Kensington Gardens, the other is just off Queen's Gardens, down in a basement.
Want a break from the hustle and bustle of Brighton, but want to catch some more antiques as well? Take the train east to Lewes. It's only a few stops away and has various antique stores on their high street. There's also a ruined castle to visit, and some pleasant pubs by the river. Well worth a look if you're in Brighton for week or more.
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