Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Snowdogs - London to Brighton

We absolutely love the Snowdogs by the Sea sculpture trail and to help you see as many of the dogs as possible each week we will focus on a specific area of the city to help you plan your visit. Don't forget to download the official Snowdogs by the Sea app to keep track of which ones you've seen.

Today's guide is all about train stations and the Seven Dials...

45. Brighton Belle - Artist: Jenny Leonard / Sponsor: British Airways i360
So the trail will begin in London at Victoria Station. Trains to the South Coast leave Victoria from platforms 15 - 19 and on the way to the platforms you will find Snowdog 45 - Brighton Belle. Sponsored by British Airways i360 this colourful pooch has been decorated with all the things we love about the city. Make sure you take in the whole design including the fabulous rainbow design on the back. Brighton Belle has her own special area under the escalator decorated with all things Brighton. She has been named Brighton Belle after the Pullman train which used to run from London to Brighton, apparently Sir Laurence Olivier was a regular traveller. 

11. Newshound - Artist: Heidi Compton / Sponsor: The Argus
Hop on a train and in just under an hour you will arrive at Brighton Station where Snowdog number 11 will greet you. The Newshound features some pf the classic headlines that have appeared in our local paper - The Argus. Personal favourites include 'Warning over dangerous cupcakes' and 'Man tries to sell himself on Ebay'?! Before leaving the station we recommend popping into The Cyclist 
to refuel and enjoy some local food & drink.
12. Smart Vibes - Artist: Pinky / Sponsor: Lookers
You won't have far to go to find our next dog as out on the station concourse you'll find Smart Vibes who has a 1960s psychedelic vibe. Although I can't help wondering if this pooch has been partying too hard as she does look rather sleepy! 

Typically when visitors come out of Brighton Station they will head straight down Queens Road and to the seafront, but not today! Turn right and cross Buckingham Place at the traffic lights, then we're going up the hill! Brighton is famous for its steep hills so if this one looks too daunting then head back to the front of the station and hop on a number 7 from bus stop E and hop off at the first stop. Once you've made it to the top of the hill you will be at the popular Seven Dials area, easily recognisable by the central roundabout with 7 exits. 

10. Clifton - Artist: Chalk Gallery Artists / Sponsor: Streamline Taxis
Head left round the roundabout from Buckingham Place, cross over Dyke Road and then turn down Vernon Terrace - although be warned one side of the street is labelled Vernon Terrace and the other says Montpelier Crescent, this is because the crescent runs off of Vernon Terrace. Stroll down this road and once you get to the Crescent you will spot Snowdog 10 - Clifton. He has a lovely tranquil spot and has been covered in Brighton postcards. 

9. Neon Camo Snowdog of Hope Artist: Mike Edwards / Sponsor: Brighton & Hove High School
Once you've said goodbye to Clifton continue walking down Vernon Terrace, once you reach a crossroads continue heading down the road (which is now named Denmark Terrace). Then on the right-hand side of the road you will see Brighton & Hove High School which is where you will find Snowdog 9 who has one of the longest names - Neon Camo Snowdog of Hope. Inspired by the work of the Martlets the blue camouflage pattern is a symbol of both a fighting spirit and an ability to protect. Please note this dog is within the school grounds and is situated by the exit for cars so do be careful when visiting this one. 

That ends this trail but if you carry on strolling down Montpelier Road you'll come out at Western Road which has plenty of options for some well-earned refreshment.

Check back in next week for more Snowdog trail ideas!

Places to look out for in the Brighton Station / Seven Dials trail area:

To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffitti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.


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