Fishing the past in Brighton

Brighton is one of England’s most popular tourist towns.  Located on the South Coast in East Sussex, under its former name of Bristelmistune, the town is mentioned the Domesday Book, which is the record of the great survey of England that was conducted in 1086.  According to the records, the town we now know as Brighton was rented for a fee of 4,000 herring per annum.

That heritage of relying on the sea for food is now celebrated at the Fishing Museum in Brighton. The museum is appropriately situated right on Brighton’s seafront, in an area that is called the Fishing Quarter, quite close to Brighton’s famous pier.

Brighton Fishing Museum traces the unique story of the fishing community in Brighton, captured in a wealth of film, photography, paintings and memorabilia of Brighton seafront life.  At the museum you can visit a workshop in which old Sussex boats are repaired and displayed.

The museum doesn’t just celebrate the past, but still has an established fishmonger on the premises, who promises the freshest fish in Brighton.

There is also a shellfish and oyster bar for visitors to taste a mouth watering range of fresh shellfish available such as Wild Norfolk crayfish, Famous Leigh on Sea cockles & their excellent Olive & Anchovy cocktail.  You can also visit the traditional fish smoker’s shop where fish is smoked with oak and applewood, and absolutely no chemicals are used apart from salt.

Entry to the fish museum is free, and it is open daily from 10am.

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