Middle Street Synagogue
Museums & Galleries
This exquisitely sumptuous, Grade II* listed, sacred jewel is Brighton’s second most important interior after the Royal Pavilion and among the most beautiful synagogues in Europe. Prepare to be delighted and uplifted!
Opened in 1875 and designed by local architect Thomas Lainson, it is one of the last remaining "cathedral· synagogues" from the Golden Age of High Victorian synagogue architecture, built in the period following formal political emancipation of the Jews in 1858.
The low-key exterior has been described as both Byzantine and Italian Romanesque however walking in through the doors of the synagogue, visitors are transported back in time to a bygone age of elegance and gently uplifted. Suffused by golden light from the stained-glass windows, it is an oasis of calm and tranquility in the centre of the city.
In the words of Dr Sharman Kadish, “Nothing prepares the visitor for the sumptuousness of Middle Street's interior. It is basilican in plan and a riot of marble, brass, mosaic, stenciling, gilding and stained glass, much of it donated by the Sassoon family, the synagogue's chief patrons.” In celebration of the contributions made by the Baghdadi Sassoon family to the synagogue there’s a brand new temporary exhibition 'Jews of the Middle East at Middle Street'.
Private tours with a local historian and educational tours for school parties can be booked.
Map & Directions
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 888855
* Sunday Open Afternoons
July 7th 14.00 -16.00
August 4th 14.00 -16.00
September 1st, 15th, 22nd 14.00-16.00
No booking required. Free Entry and talks. Donations warmly welcomed to the Restoration of Middle Street Synagogue fund