Arts And Crafts In Sussex

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  • Based in the heart of Brighton

  • Brighton Art Gallery - including works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, C A Voysey and more

  •  Preston Manor - reputedly much haunted

  • Rottingdean - Home of Rudyard Kipling and Edward Burne-Jones. Stunning series of Burne-Jones/Morris and Co. windows in Parish Church

  •  Standen House by Philip Webb, Arts & Crafts architect, with William Morris interiors

The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century is very well represented in the Brighton area of Sussex, with a series of museums, houses, churches and galleries demonstrating the core artistic, design and architectural values of this inspirational and influential movement. Some of the highlights of the area are explored on this superb tour in the company of renowned experts, Prof. Anne and Dr Scott Anderson.


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Mercure Brighton Seafront from 15.00
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk from Prof. Anne Anderson - 'The Arts & Crafts Home'.

Day 2: Preston Manor, Brighton and Rottingdean
Our first visit of the day is to Preston Manor, just outside Brighton, an 18th century house, substantially remodelled in 1905 by architect, Charles Stanley Peach. It is reputed to be much haunted! Our next visit of the day is to the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to view the excellent collection of European and World ceramics, glass, costume and artefacts, including works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, C A Voysey and others. After free time for lunch (not included) we head the short distance along the coast to Rottingdean Village which takes in external views of the houses of Edward Burne-Jones (North End House, originally called Aubrey House) and Rudyard Kipling (Prospect House) who lived next door to each other. We will also visit the church of St Margaret of Antioch which boasts Morris & Co windows and is where Burne-Jones is buried. Second talk from Anne entitled 'The Arts & Crafts Utopia' and dinner at the hotel (no wine).

Day 3: Standen House and Ditchling
This morning we head north to Standen House, home to the Beale family, designed by leading Arts & Crafts architect, Philip Webb. This lovely house, a fine example of the movement and set in lovely hillside gardens, was built as a thoroughly modern home, with central heating and electricity and retains its original - and beautiful - Morris & Co interiors. After free time for lunch (not included) we head to the charming village of Ditchling, which has a number of attractive Arts & Crafts houses, which we will see on a guided village walk. It is also home to the Ditchling Museum of Art & Crafts that includes works by a number of eminent Ditchling residents, including leading A&C exponent, Eric Gill. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.


  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Mercure Brighton Seafront, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second dinner at the hotel
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Double for sole use supplement
  • Extra nights on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Mercure, Brighton Seafront

Located right on the seafront in the heart of Brighton, the four-star Mercure is a newly renovated hotel in a grand Victorian building. Facilities here include quirky bar, stylish "Goulty" restaurant and well-appointed bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Parking:  available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £18 per night.

Hotel Website

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Your Lecturers
Prof. Anne Anderson
Prof. Anne Anderson author, broadcaster, international Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has received a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours as well as a host of tours overseas and her knowledge, wit and enthusiasm bring her beloved subjects to life in whatever location she finds them.

Dr Scott Anderson MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV (Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers)
Scott is a University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 'Flog It!' programme. Scott is an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European locations such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York. 

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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Sightseeing Tours
Overall Impression

An interesting tour, we learnt new things about the artists.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-August-2021

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Tour Manager
Sightseeing Tours
Overall Impression

Very good. Only problem was it didn’t last long enough!

Review by Fleming who travelled 11-August-2021

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Sightseeing Tours
Overall Impression

Enjoyed, nothing to add

Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-August-2021

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