Hey everyone! It’s been a while. I officially moved out of my university house, graduated with a Law LLB (Hons) degree and no longer live in Brighton. When I went back for graduation, spending two weeks in Brighton without the stress and obligations of university finally allowed me to explore and enjoy the city. I never appreciated the city until it was time to leave and it will remain one of my biggest university regrets. Here are a few free and free-ish things to do in one of the most liberal cities in the UK.
Brighton Palace Pier – This is the place that you automatically take all visitors because it’s a guaranteed good time. It is a 1,760 feet long pleasure pier and there is no shortage of activities for the entire family. You can be entertained by live music bands and performances, try your luck on the slot machines, wander around in the arcade, sample treats from the food and drink outlets and enjoy the fairground attractions. The pier is open everyday, except Christmas and wandering around on the pier is absolutely free! Wristbands for the rides can be purchased at the pier or online at a discounted rate.
British Airways i360 – The seafront’s newest attraction is the “vertical pier” and the world’s tallest moving observation tower. On a clear day when the donought-shaped viewing platform ascends to 450 feet, there are 360° views of the South Downs, the seafront, Brighton Marina and Beachy Head and on the clearest of days, the Isle of Wight. Each flight lasts about 25 minutes including embarking and disembarking and tickets must be purchased at least 30 minutes before the flight. The British Airways i360 is open everyday and tickets can be purchase on sight or online for a discounted rate (Special prices available for students and Brighton residents). There is a gift shop that sells souvenirs and restaurants on site at the attraction.
Sea Life Brighton – Built in 1872, Sea Life Brighton is the oldest working aquarium in the world. With its original Victorian architecture, the aquarium is located opposite the Brighton Palace Pier and is home to over 150 species of sea creatures. The granite and marble hall attraction also has a lagoon where you can view animals from a glass bottom boat or look up at them from a glass tunnel that runs below. As with most attractions in the city, the entry prices are heavily discounted online in advance, but tickets are available for purchase at the venue.
The Brighton Sculpture Trail – This one is for the walkers. Scattered around Brighton are sculptures and monuments that signify the heritage of the city. Following the map of the Brighton Sculptural Trail takes approximately one hour and is absolutely free.
The Lanes – In the heart of Brighton, there is a maze of winding and intertwining alleyways and lanes that are filled with jewellery stores, artisan coffee shops, independent cafes, designer labels and antique stores with a treasure trove of goods. I got lost when trying to navigate my first few times, but its my favourite part of Brighton because I always end up discovering something new.
Have you ever visited Brighton? Let me know what you enjoy doing in the city in the comments?