St. Nicholas Church

The Church

This church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Until 1873, St Nicholas was the Parish Church of Brighton and it still is the Mother Church and the only church in central Brighton of ancient interest.

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The Ministry Team


Rev. Dr. Dominic Keech The Vicar, Fr Dominic Keech, has been the parish priest of St Nicholas’ since January 2017. Before coming to Brighton, he was previously a university chaplain, and has a research background in early church history.

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Booking Arrangements

Our Church provides quality accommodation for events such as weddings, parties and small meetings.

The Church provides high quality heated accommodation accessed via double doors from an entrance hall and ramp. The church can accommodate approximately 250 persons seated theatre-style,  or approximately 100 sitting at tables for meals, quizzes, or similar activities. A hearing loop system and grand piano is available for Hirer's use. 

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Visiting the Church

Opening times for Visitors

In addition to services, the church is usually open for visitors on Wednesday and Saturday from 12-2pm.

If you are making a special visit, please contact the Parish office first to check we will be open as circumstances can change.

Occasionally access may be restricted due to services and special events.

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Church Life in Pictures

This page will be home to several galleries depicting church life. 

Under this Roof
Various pictures of life in the church, including a wedding!
360º Virtual Tour
Faboulous photos which let you pan 360º for a complete view inside and outside the church. Not as good as being there, but nearly!

Restoration Work

The church underwent a major restoration in 1853 in memory of the Duke of Wellington, which despite the undoubted improvements, led to the loss of some architectural features. Before this the roof was lower and there were dark galleries in both aisles, reached by steps outside the church. There was a balcony across the Chancel arch where the fishermen sat and another over the Tower arch where the Swan Downer charity girls in their characteristic bonnets used to sit. The traditional box pews that filled the Nave, Chancel and Side Chapel were replaced with ordinary pews. A model of the church before this restoration can be seen in the south-west corner of the church.

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