The final tour on our Snailspace adventure (and in the final week of the trail!) is a longer walk and takes in a grand total of 8 spectacular snails.

We’re starting our walk at Preston Park. You can catch the 5, 5A or 5B bus from the city centre to the park and at the most southerly entrance, you’ll find Poppy. She is beautifully designed and the artist, Tina Davies, wants her to be an uplifting reminder to feel gratitude for the people we share precious moments with.

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Our next snail is just a few minutes away outside Duke of York’s cinema, so leave the park via Stanford Avenue and follow the road round onto Beaconsfield Road. Carry on down here until you reach the cinema and you’ll come across Feelin’ Groovy, who is inspired by the Simon and Garfunkel song of the same name and encourages us not to move too fast – artist Pinky would like us all to #BeMoreSnail and shift into mellow mode!

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

From here, head down London Road until you reach Francis Street on the left hand side. Walk down here and you’ll see The Level: cross the road and head into the park and you’ll find Geronimo in the middle. Bold and colourful, this snail captures the excitement of exploring our city’s vibrant spaces at a snail’s pace.

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

The next snail is at Brighton Station, so leave The Level the way you came in and take a left onto Ditchling Road. Turn right onto St Peter’s Place, cross over the road and turn left. Turn right when you reach Trafalgar Street and walk to the top (sorry, it’s a hill!) where on the other side of the underpass you’ll find the train station. This is home to The Brightonian and on this snail there are lots of illustrations that reflect the spirit of Brighton. Which one reminds you most of our city?

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

Our next snail is another bright and colourful one: head onto Queen Street and turn left at Gloucester Road, where a little bit further down you’ll find Conch. Designers Emma Fish and Ashley Woods have created an alternative snail with an ‘anything goes’ attitude and this bright pink snail is hard to miss!

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

Head back up Gloucester Road just a little bit until you reach Foundry Street and then turn left. Turn right at the end of the road onto North Street, cross over and head up Spring Gardens. At the end of this road, turn right and walk up to the top of Church Road, where outside Brighthelm Gardens on Queens Road, our next snail is located. Gary is designed to represent the diversity of Brighton’s inhabitants, celebrating those who live, volunteer and work here. He features self-portraits of people of all ages, so keep an eye out for anyone you might know!

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

We have a bit of a walk from here to our snail at Seven Dials. Cross the road and walk up Church Street, until you reach Dyke Road where you need to turn right. Stay on Dyke Road until you reach Seven Dials and there on Vernon Terrace you’ll find Welcome Home. This snail symbolises what it means to be “at home” to the artist, Annalees Lim, and is inspired by the personalised care that The Martlets provides.

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

Our final snail (of the whole trail!) is at Dyke Road Park, so carry on along Dyke Road and near the park café you’ll come across Sparkle Snail, who is covered in pretty flowers and rainbows – and lots of sparkle! This mollusc’s mission is to spread joy throughout the city (albeit at a snail’s pace). What a lovely snail to end on!

Photo of Snailspace sculpture in Brighton

Before you head home (either on foot or by bus from the stop just over the road), pop into the Booth Museum to see some junior snails. We hope you enjoyed this tour and have loved having the snails in our city as much as we have. Don’t forget to make a donation to The Martlets if you haven’t already! 

Things to look out for on the route:

If you haven't had time to see all of the snails on the streets then you will get one last chance to see them all. The whole gang of glorious gastropods will be reunited for the Farewell Event over the first weekend of December (see link below for details).

Katie

You can download the full trail map from our website or pick up a printed copy from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snails are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffiti them. The Snails are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text Slow18£3 to 70070 and/or download the official Snailspace app.

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