I'm going to be in Brighton (England) next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!
Brighton (England) is a great city to walk (or cycle - you can hire a bike at cyclebrighton) - along the beach of course is popular from the Pier (avoid!) through to Hove or going East out towards Rottingdean. You must wander through the North Laine which sit just below Brighton Station - a warren of independent & colourful cafes, shops, bars and restaurants. Kemptown is also a great neighbourhood to explore on foot - east of the pier, back from the seafront. May is the best month to visit tbh if you love art (artist open house trails... aoh.org).
Brighton is surrounded countryside I would recommend taking the train/ bus out to Seven Sisters & Birling Gap... make sure it's on a clear/ dry day though, there are gorgeous views as you walk along the cliffs. On a weekend you can take the bus out to Stanmer Park which is also fabulous for walking and afterwards you can get the BEST ever hot chocolate (or a cheeky ale) in Stanmer House (once a stately home) and curl up in front of one of many open fires on a comfy sofa.
The museum is free and really pretty good (in the grounds of the Pavillion) - of course the Pavillion isn't free but it is a must see in my view well worth the entrance fee.... experience the crazy decor of one of our most flamboyant kings, the audio tour is actually very good.
Hope this helps! Enjoy our vibrant, liberal, anything goes city ;)
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Katie, just soak up the atmosphere in Brighton, you will love it! wander through the lanes, have a glass of wine in one of the restaurants, visit Brighton museum (which i think is free) and enjoy the social history there, go on the pier and take in the sea air, its a great place, you'll love it!
Just wander through the lanes soaking up the atmosphere, look in some shops e.t.c. At the weekend/week the beach is a great place to go. I live a thirty minute train journey from Brighton (England) - this is what I usually do when I visit!