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Put on your hard hat and join the Sewer Rats
isitors to Brighton looking for something different should think about seeing the beautiful, Victorian architecture on show.
Not the stuff above ground, but the subterranean variety. We’re talking about doing the infamous Brighton Sewer Tour.
During the May Brighton Festival, the owners of the sewer system - Southern Water - arrange tours of the mighty waterways beneath the ground. Enter via a manhole at the Palace Pier, and exit at the Old Steine, and in between you’ll uncover some of the 7-miles of carefully crafted, brick-lined cylindrical engineering.
Famous for going against the grain, the fact that you can tour the underbelly of the city sits well with local residents and tourists alike. During the tour you will see part of the sewer system, which disposes of approximately 100 million litres of wastewater each day from the Brighton area.
And while there are genuine Victorian architectural merits down there, one can’t help suspect that the majority of Sewer Rats (as the visitors often name themselves), are there for bragging rights, as much as anything.
And why not?