10 Free Things to Do in Brighton

blue, yellow and pink beach huts on Brighton and Hove beach

With an incredible range of bars, restaurants and cultural activities to do, it’s not surprising Brighton is known as ‘London by the Sea.’ Just like London, though, the city of Brighton can also be pretty pricey. Whether you’re a student in the city or just visiting, there are still plenty of free activities to do in Brighton to keep the cost down. 

Free Things to do in Brighton 

1. Snoop around at Snoopers Paradise

Snooper’s Paradise is a second-hand bazaar in the trendy North Laine area of the city. And there’s no need to buy anything to enjoy this eclectic mix of treasures. Walk through the store’s many rooms and discover unique antiques, clothes and more.

2. Take a stroll along Brighton Beach

On a sunny day there’s nothing more enjoyable than a stroll along Brighton beach. Take in the views of the Sussex coast and marvel at the stalls selling jellied eels, cockles and lemonade. 

3. Take a selfie at Brighton Pavilion

Although entry to the Brighton Pavilion Museum may not be free, spending time in the Pavilion gardens exploring the grounds and taking pictures of the impressive architecture doesn’t cost a penny. 

4. Explore The Booth museum

A peculiar museum on the outskirts of the city, the Booth Museum is a collection of Victorian taxidermy that is completely free to visit. In the summer, make a day of it by combining your trip to the museum with a stroll through Hove Green or even stick around for a play at Brighton Open Air Theatre.

5. Window shop in North Laine

North Laine is a trendy area of Brighton where you can find a range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Although the area might be pricey, there’s nothing to stop you ‘window shopping’ at the unique clothing and jewellery shops.

6. Have a picnic in Preston Park

One of the biggest parks in Brighton, Preston Park is the perfect place to spend a summer’s afternoon. Just a short walk from busy London Road, Preston Park offers a serene location to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre and is often much less crowded than Brighton Beach. 

7. Hike along the Seven Sisters Cliffs

One of the perks of Brighton is its proximity to the beautiful Seven Sisters cliffs. In just one hour you can escape the busy city of Brighton to this picturesque coastline. The cliffs have grown in popularity in recent years after being featured in a music video by Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou and regularly receive visitors from all over the world. 

8. Enjoy the view from Brighton Pier 

While the rides and fish and chips stalls will cost you money, walking down the pier at sunset is completely free. Make the most of the views from the Pier and enjoy Brighton’s most iconic landmark. 

9. Take yourself on a tour of the city’s street art

From music-themed murals to replicas of some of Banksy’s famous work, Brighton is one of the best destinations for street art and graffiti in the UK. Take yourself on a free tour around the city’s artwork with this guide to finding street art in Brighton.

10. Watch some salsa at Hove bandstand

Hove bandstand is the perfect place to watch the world go by and is the preferred location for many local dance groups. Over the summer, you’ll find salsa, samba, swing dancers and more choosing the seafront location as a place to practice their moves. 

If you’d like to discover more of the UK, then why not check out our English language courses in Brighton?

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About Beth

Beth is a language enthusiast and former EFL teacher. After studying Modern Languages at university, her love of adventure led her to travel all over the world. Now settled in sunny Brighton, she loves writing blogs to encourage people to visit her native England.

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