Top 5 Things to do in Brighton on a Budget

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Bohemian Brighton is brimming with budget friendly things to do if you’re watching the pennies. So whether you’re a cash poor student or a savvy saver, here are the top 5 things to do in Brighton on a budget:

The Lanes

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Tucked away between the centre of Brighton and the seafront, this maze of twisting, narrow alleyways, parts of which date back to the sixteenth century, is bursting with a mix of old and new. Winding one into the next and opening out onto courtyard squares here and there, quirky independent shops nestle alongside newer ones, jewellers, cafes and restaurants. The Lanes (known as ‘twittens’ locally) are full of interesting places to wile away the hours window shopping. You really can lose yourself here – literally and metaphorically – and all for free!

The North Laines


Just down from Brighton station is the vibrant North Laines, a more bohemian and edgy version of the Lanes.  This creative and colourful area of the town is full of vintage shops, vegetarian and vegan eateries and is simply perfect for browsing.  Many of the streets are pedestrianised with stalls giving the area a real market feel.  An ideal place to spend some time people watching or just pottering around the fascinating and quirky shops without spending a penny.

The Palace Pier

The Old Police Cells Museum

Brighton Town Hall, Brighton BN1 1JA

Located underneath Brighton Town Hall, these original police cells encompass a wealth of history and intrigue spanning over 200 years of policing and crime. Brighton is well known as a hub for demonstrations and protests and this is documented in some fascinating original exhibits. View mocked up scenes of crime or follow the historical background of women’s policing in a very atmospheric setting. Tours must be booked in advance but entry is reasonable at £5 per adult and concessions for children, students and families.

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Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

A visit to Brighton isn’t complete without a stroll along the iconic Palace Pier which stretches for 1,722 feet. Entry to the pier is free and the beautiful wooden structure is dotted all the way along with stalls, side shows and eateries, blending the traditional with the modern. Pay a visit to the arcade where the cheapest of penny slot machines sit alongside newer VR games. Thrill seekers can enjoy the fairground rides at the end of the pier while the younger ones are occupied with soft play. A real taste of old school Brighton where you spend as little or as much as you like.

Brighton Marina

The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA

A straight walk along the seafront and under the cliffs from the pier is Brighton Marina, a modern hub of restaurants, entertainment (including bowling, cinema and music venues) and a stunning harbour. Check out the Marina website for discounts across all of their outlets which change regularly and can save you a considerable amount of money. Alternatively, take advantage of the free outdoor ping pong tables and New York style chess tables. Or just have a wander and take in the beautiful moored boats and harbour atmosphere.