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All you need to know

The tours take place between May and late September as there is an increased likelihood of the sewers being flooded by storm water at other times of the year.

 

Alarm systems are in place for your protection and warn the guides about sudden rain and a build-up of gases so that you can be taken to safety in good time.

The sewers are hosed down before every tour to ensure they are as clean as possible and less slippery.

Health and safety is our priority and we reserve the right to decline entry to anyone we consider unfit to take a tour.

Please read our FAQs below for further information.

  1. Booking a tour 
    • Our award-winning sewer tours are very popular and all visits must be pre-booked. There is no facility to ‘pay at the door’ and no casual visitors will be permitted.

      We charge a non profit-making £12 per adult and £6 for 11 to 16-year-olds.

      Group visits
      Tours are restricted to a total of 25 people because of the confined space. There are no concessions for group bookings

      Length of tour
      It takes about an hour to slowly travel through 400 yards of the 30 miles of sewers beneath Brighton.

  2. Fitness 
    • The minimum age for visitors is 11. We do not recommend the elderly or infirm to join a tour because the sewers are slippery and have a number of steps and ladders to climb.

      The sewers are deep, poorly lit and slippery. Walking through them and climbing a 15ft vertical exit ladder both require reasonable agility. 

      Sewers are confined spaces and the atmosphere can be unpleasant for some and cause breathing problems for those who suffer from asthma, bronchial illness or angina. 

      The sewers could also induce claustrophobic distress for some visitors. If you have any doubts about your fitness to participate in a tour, please consult your GP.

  3. Clothing 
    • Dress for comfort, such as trousers or jeans with a long-sleeved top. We do not recommend wearing shorts or skirts. 

      Open shoes or high heels are not allowed. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who has incorrect footwear. You will be provided with protective latex gloves and safety helmets which must be worn at all times.

  4. Cancellation 
    • A tour will be cancelled by Southern Water if there is heavy rain.

      We will use the contact details you have provided to let you know in advance, where possible, if a tour has been cancelled, but the unpredictability of the weather means that notification may not always be possible until you arrive for the start of the tour.

      If a tour is cancelled, we will contact you to arrange to transfer your booking to another date.
  5. Lighting 
    • The sewers are lit throughout the majority of their length, so you don’t need to bring a torch.

      The hard hat you are given at the start of the tour has a torch on it and our tour guides carry torches for the poorly lit areas.
  6. Location 
    • See our interactive map to find out the location of the tour entrance, nearby car parks and train station. The map also shows you key locations on the tour.
  7. Photography 
    • You are welcome to take pictures in the sewers and, of course, of our photogenic tour guides!
  8. Rats 
    • It is rare to see a rat, but it is a working sewer. The tour route is washed down before each visit and this usually scares them away.
  9. Facilities 
    • Ironically, given that the tour is of a sewer, there are no public conveniences. At the end of the tour there are facilities for you to wash your hands.

      There are no refreshment facilities.
  10. Security 
    • It can be warm in the sewers and we do not recommend that you take coats and bags on the tour with you. A secure room, which is locked during the tour, is available.
  11. Smell 
    • As a working sewer, there is a smell but it is not overpowering. Many visitors say the smell is not as bad as they expected.
  12. Contact us 
 
 
 
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