Brighton Unitarian Church

Photo:Brighton Unitarian Church in New Road

Brighton Unitarian Church in New Road

A sacred space in the heart of Brighton

You may be familiar with the façade of the Grade II Listed Building in New Road, right next to the Royal Pavilion, the Theatre Royal and the Jubilee Library (all wonderful Brighton landmark buildings), but do you know what goes on inside?

A modern religious outlook

Brighton Unitarian Church say they welcome all who seek a better understanding of life through spiritual exploration.  They have respect for all faiths, coupled with a modern religious outlook that encourages freedom of individual thought and conscience.


Services are held every Sunday at 11am followed by light refreshments. Evening prayers are at 6.30pm on the last Sunday of every month.  Whether you have a particular faith or not you are welcome to attend.

Used by local community groups

The Unitarian Church is committed to maintaining a sacred space in the heart of Brighton and achieves this partly by its own offertory and fundraising activities but also by letting out its hall on a daily basis for a whole range of different activities: examples are Montessori nursery school every morning during term time, African drumming workshops, yoga, qi gong, improvisation classes, philosophy classes, barn dancing and a Glee Club. Community groups meet on a regular basis, sometimes just for a cup of tea and a chat, at other times to sing or dance away he afternoon.

Various events

Over the past few years the Unitarian Church has seen an increase in requests for weddings, ceremonies of commitment, child namings and other rites of passage.  These, together with the many concerts, recitals, exhibitions and fairs that take place in the church, make it a vibrant and exciting place right in the heart of the City.

Involvement with Brighton Fringe Festival

The Church is very involved with Brighton's Fringe Festival. It works closely with Fringe City - you may have seen the stage outside the Church on Saturdays throughout May, where Fringe performers showcase their talents. The Church is also one of the many venues around the town used by The Great Escape. It is Brighton Unitarian's aim to make their festival programme as interesting and diverse as possible and to include as many local artists as they can. 

Friday lunchtime concerts

As part of their fundraising activities the Church hosts Friday lunchtime concerts. These are just 45 minutes long and provide a small oasis in the middle of everyone's busy day when they can come together in this lovely setting to sit, relax and enjoy the talent and musicality of many of Brighton's classical and other musicians.

'Unitarians Talking'

This is a fascinating booklet consisting of a collection of contributions from members of Brighton Unitarian Church congregation on a wide variety of subjects. There is also a quite detailed timeline of the Church from the 18th century up to the present and a list of famous Unitarians world-wide. It costs £7.50 per copy and all profits go towards the Church's Building Appeal, helping it to maintain its historic building. It is on sale in the Church or by post (see here for details of how to order).

More information

For more information about what is happening at the Brighton Unitarian Church please go to the church website  The administration office is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Mondays and 9.30am to 2pm on Tuesdays.  At other times messages left on the answerphone are collected daily, telephone 01273 696022 or, alternatively, email:


The church has a loop hearing system, access ramp at the side of the building and wheelchair accessible facilities.

History of Brighton Unitarian Church

If you would like to know more about the history of the Church building and the Church itself, click here.

[Last updated November 2013]

This page was added on 24/09/2008.

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