In these times when thing are a bit tougher on the purse strings, there’s even more reason to get out of the house and enjoy yourself. We all work hard and everyone deserves time away to clear the cobwebs and have a distraction. Obviously though you don’t want to be breaking the bank to have a good time and a trip to Brighton doesn’t need to be expensive. Sure, you’ll need somewhere to stay and the cheapest accommodation is probably a self-catering apartment but some of the best Brighton has to offer can be experienced with little or no cost.
Provided you don’t get tempted by the arcades or the fairground at the end, Brighton Pier is free and is a very interesting place to spend an hour or two. Brighton Pier is lively and entertaining, take a walk along the 1,772 foot wooden prom and soak up the seaside atmosphere while taking in the sights. There is no shortage of photo opportunities with the characteristic Victorian architecture, seascape backdrops and various funny peep boards . Unlike Brighton Beach, deck chairs on the Pier are free. So, you can sit there a relax for a while staring back at the bustling beach and admiring the Brighton Wheel .
Soaking up the atmosphere and cosmopolitan vibe along Brighton’s is a firm favorite with visitors to the city. With a multitude of bars, cafes and restaurants to sit outside, there is always a vibrant air about it. Situated along Brighton’s seafront and promenade is The Artists Quarter, where the former fishing arches have been turned in to artists’ studios. 15 Local artists use these arches as studios with a gallery out front. You can browse around some interesting and original pieces or local art, with the artist often to be seen at work in their studio out back. Even if you don’t consider yourself an art lover, there are some very interesting artists along the quarter and it’s a great way to kill some time. Just along the prom a short distance is Gemini Bar. Whenever the sun is out they have live music outside, making it a great place to sit on the wall in the sunshine a take some time out.
As you’d expect from a city steeped in history and culture there are a number of museums in the city, which are well worth going to see. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction which houses some exciting collections, all located in the stunning surroundings of the Royal Pavilion gardens. Hove Museum & Art Gallery is a family favorite with exhibits including Brighton & Hove’s connection with the start of cinema and the children’s favorite Wizards Attic. Over three centuries worth of natural history specimens can be found at the Booth Museum of Natural History. This fascinating museum is both educational and fun, catering for every age and interest. Edward Booth’s collection is also said to house the Badger who inspired the Narnia character.
You could easily lose all sense of time and direction window shopping in the North Laines of Brighton soaking up the atmosphere. The narrow intertwining streets of the North Laines are a vibrant colorful mix of independent traders, niche and diverse shops which are highly browsable. A window shoppers dream, the Laines also boast an array of cafes, bars and restaurants which spill out on to the streets, giving it a cosmopolitan feel.
With the English Channel on one side and the South Downs on the other, there are some great places to walk in and around Brighton. Up on the South Downs, there are mapped out routes for a countryside walk. Stanmer Park also have a range of walks with free maps to suit all walker types and ages. If however, like me you’re looking for something a bit different, Brighton has some more interesting walks available. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of Brighton’s cinematic past on a Film Walk around the city. Using the free Movie Map you can take a walk around some of the locations in Brighton & Hove that inspired directors and the final film. Or try the Sculpture Walk and take a look at Brighton’s rich sculptural heritage, self-guided following the Brighton Sculpture Trail.
There is fun to be had in every part of the city and it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. Get yourself down to Brighton for the weekend and forget about life’s worries for a while.