Whilst travelling, we love discovering all the free things there are to do. Especially in places that can be expensive such as Brisbane or Las Vegas. However, whilst there are amazing places to see around the globe, the UK is home to some sweet spots too. Brighton, or ‘London-by-the-sea’ as it’s known, is the most popular seaside location for overseas tourists in the UK. There is so much to see and tons to do; what’s even better is there are loads of free things to do in Brighton!
The only way to really appreciate just how many free things to do in Brighton there are, is to visit. But in the meantime here are our top 10:-
1. Brighton Beach
This is the English sea-side at it’s best. Okay, okay so it’s not the soft white sands of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, but here in England we do pebbly beaches! If you’re lucky enough to get a warm sunny day, then head down to the beach. Brave a paddle in the sea, try your hand at stone skimming or even use the beach as a starting point for some water sports (obviously they’re not free!).
2. Walking Tour with Brighton Greeters
One of the other great free things to do in Brighton, which also happens to be one of our favourite ways to see a new city, is is to go on a walking tour. Brighton Greeters are a team of long standing locals who love their city and want to show it off. Book your free greet meet now!
3. The palace Pier
A visit to any sea-side wouldn’t be complete without strolling along a pier. Brighton Palace Pier, once labelled as the ‘spiritual home of fish & chips’ by Heston Blumenthal is absolutely free to visit. Enjoy relaxing on the free deck chairs, the beautiful views along the beach and out to sea. In addition the pier has lots of food outlets to enjoy, a classic arcade with our favourite – the 2p push off machines! and there is a funfair for the kids too!
4. Hunt for Street Art
It’s not one of Brighton’s big selling points, but there is some great street art to be found. The famous ‘kissing policemen’ painted by Banksy once graced the walls of a Brighton building. Now a replica is in its place behind protective covering. However if you roam the streets you will come across some beautiful murals. So get to Brighton and get hunting!
5. The Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton is home to the famous Royal Pavilion. The former pleasure palace of King George VI with beautiful Asian inspired architecture. Unfortunately this isn’t free. However, the gardens surrounding the palace are free to enter and lovely to walk around. Sit on the grass with a picnic, stroll through the shrubbery lined alleys or simply gaze at the beautiful building.
6. brighton marina
Brighton Marina is a retail and leisure complex, located a short bus ride (or 30 minute walk) along from the pier. There is so much to do here, although obviously it’s not all free. There’s a cinema, a bowling alley and plenty of restaurants. If you want to spent literally nothing, why not go window shopping, see the walk of fame (See below) or ogle at some pretty yachts berthed in the marina!
7. Visit Choccywoccydoodah!
If you’ve never heard of this place, you should have! Famous the world over for the amazingly intricate chocolate creations, this is a must see. Pop in and gaze and the stunning craftsmanship and if you’re up for spending a little bit of money, either grab yourself some chocolate from the shop, or head upstairs to the cafe for cake!
8. Explore The Lanes
If there is one thing Brighton is famous for, it’s the lanes. The lanes are a shopper’s paradise, a maze of inter-connecting narrow alleyways. Here you will find an array of independent shops and boutiques, funky cafe’s and, for lack of a better word, lots of “alternative” offerings. You could spend an entire afternoon lazily meandering these lanes – we did!
9. the walk of fame
Located in Brighton Marina, this is the only officially recognised walk of fame outside of Hollywood. This trail of over 100 plaques celebrates those with links to the city of Brighton. The people included in the walk of fame come from historical, creative and sporting backgrounds. This is a great cultural attraction and even better, it’s totally free!
10. visit free museums
We can’t claim to be massive museum fans in general. There are specific museums which we would happily visit, although more often than not, only if they are free! In Brighton there are several free museums to choose from. The Booth Museum of Natural History, the Brighton Fishing Museum and the Museum & Art Gallery in neighbouring Hove are all free.
Have you visited Brighton before? What did you get up to? Which of the free things to do in Brighton would you do first? Get in touch in the comments below.
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