For a seaside resort, Brighton boasts some seriously impressive venues that have been attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment for decades. The Brighton Centre may be the biggest, with a capacity 5,000, but if you ask us where’s best, it’s hard to argue against the Brighton Dome and the sheer quality of acts it attracts, which cover music, theatre, dance, comedy, film and much, much more.
More impressive than the myriad artists that have graced the stage of the Brighton Dome is the overall extravagance of the building itself. It’s one of the most stunning venues in the entire country. As you can probably tell from its ornate Indian-style exterior and decadent Art Deco interior features, the Brighton Dome hasn’t always been the arts venue you see today; it began life as the Prince Regent’s royal stables.
In total, the royal stables held 44 horses beneath an extraordinary glass dome roof that seemed to defy the laws of physics. This space is now the Concert Hall, the largest and most impressive of the Brighton Dome’s three spaces. The Corn Exchange is the secondary space, which was once the Prince Regent’s riding school, and rounding off the trio is The Studio Theatre.
All three are connected to the Royal Pavilion – one of the must-see Brighton attractions – by an underground tunnel that leads to the Pavilion Gardens, which you can see as part of the fascinating backstage tour that lets you follow in the footsteps of legends like Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder.
Over the years, the Brighton Dome has hosted acts ranging from the London Philharmonic Orchestra right the way through to Fatboy Slim. Take a look at what’s on during your stay; the world-class venue holds more than 600 events every year covering every genre of entertainment you could imagine. It’s not every day that you come across such a stunning historic building maintained to quite so high a standard. It’s no surprise that artists from all mediums are eager to take to the stage at the stunning Brighton Dome.
If you’re interested in seeing a show at the Brighton Dome, our Brighton City Centre hotel is less than a five-minute walk away in a prime location near The Lanes, where you can enjoy some of the best shopping in Brighton. Plus, the team that runs the Brighton Dome also curates the Brighton Festival, which along with the likes of Brighton Pride, stands out as one of the top annual events in the Brighton culture calendar, bringing the city together in a three week celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film and literature every May.