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Free Things to do in Brighton

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Summer is here and Brighton is the place to be ??

We know how long the summer break can seem and if you’re staying in Brighton not sure what to do with your time, there are a bunch of activities to do without having to spend a penny. Brighton is often only associated with the beach, and while this is a staple feature of the city there’s still lots to do and here are some ideas…


To start off with, Brighton showcases some of the most amazing green spaces with Preston Park being the first we recommend visiting. It’s easily accessible via walking, the 5 or 5A bus or by bike and has plenty of facilities, including tennis and basketball courts if you fancy a game, and two cafés with public toilets.

If you’re a fan of woodland and parkland, then Stanmer Park has the mix for you. This vast park features the best of what Sussex has to offer, through the steep hills (like a lot of places in Brighton, the hills may take you by surprise!) and beautiful views. There are three signposted walking trails to help direct you throughout the park, along with bike routes and more unmarked trails if you prefer a more intense hike. You can access this park via train, bike or popular bus routes such as the 25.


Walking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so museums provide an alternative option for your day out. Brighton Booth Museum of Natural History offers free admission, and you will leave with a bunch of fun facts about butterflies, birds and fossils you didn’t know before…might come in handy for a pub quiz. Located outside central Brighton, it’s a 30-minute walk or 15-minute bus journey away, though make sure you check opening times before visiting.

Also offering free admission is the Hove Museum of Creativity. This museum hosts some of Hove’s best contributions to cinema throughout history along with fine art collections. The clue is in the name as to where this museum is located and it’s easily accessible via the 49 bus route.

The Seafront

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention Brighton’s beautiful seafront. While sitting on the beach watching the waves is always relaxing, there are so many other things to do. If you’re looking for a relaxing walk, The Undercliff Walk spans from the Marina all the way to Rottingdean. On this walk you’ll have impressive chalk cliffs to your left and the sea on your right, what’s not to love?

Alternatively, if you take a walk along the seafront to Hove, opposite the seafront is Brunswick Square. This is an ideal spot for a picnic, a catch up with mates, or to read a book as you’ll be surrounded with grass and a sea view. On your way you’ll pass the iconic Bandstand. In summer a variety of events are held here, spanning from music to dance and if you catch it on a sunny day at the right time, you’ll see one of the best sunsets Brighton has to offer.