The Brighton Festival on a Backpackers Budget

Brighton Pier

Less than an hour from London, Brighton has always been a popular destination with European backpackers. The liberal cosmopolitan town is perfect for arts lovers, especially during the festival season, and travellers wanting some fresh sea air will love the easy going atmosphere.

Brighton also has excellent budget hostels and low cost hotels available and many offer superb views of the English Channel. Book your holiday in Brighton now and ensure you have somewhere to stay during England’s largest arts festival!

Brighton Artist's Quarter

The Brighton Festival is a three week annual outdoor celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, and outdoor events – all taking place on 2nd – 24 May 2015. The arts festival is just one reason why backpackers should visit Brighton in May.

With its iconic pier and pebbled beach, the seaside resort is the perfect place to chill out on vacation. Londoners are forever streaming down from the station towards the beach, and this always makes for a super hot crowd.

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Photo by Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Backpackers will discover some amazing galleries in the Artists’ Quarter on the lower promenade near Brighton Pier. From here you can walk towards the Royal Pavilion (see below) and neighbouring Brighton Dome, which is the official home of the Brighton Festival.

Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the oriental fantasy of India and China. With its glorious sense of joie de vivre, the decadent palace symbolises Brighton’s love of pleasure.

Royal Pavilion Brighton

After dark, travellers should check out Brighton’s seafront clubs and bars. Nestling underneath the city’s Victorian arches, Brighton’s club nights are legendary experiences. Always a hedonistic place to go partying, Brighton is considered by many to be Europe’s answer to San Francisco.

Home to the coolest music and club scene on the English south coast, the city also offers everything from hardcore dance to hip hop and Latin beats.

Brighton NightClub

Much cheaper than nearby London, the bohemian seaside town has always been a decadent place to go on holiday. Crammed with quaint shops, restaurants and cafes, the south coast atmosphere is an electric experience for backpackers.

Small enough to walk through with a backpack, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to check out the city’s boutique shops and cobbled streets. 

Brighton Lanes

Brighton Lanes’ historic quarter is a warren of alleyways and traditional English pubs offering a mixture of antiques and vintage clothes shops. Coming to Brighton during the festival season is always a giddy experience. With candy floss selling on the street corner and the sea breeze never far away, England’s favourite seaside resort is a fabulous place to explore on holiday.

Where to stay in Brighton

SoBo House Brighton

  • The Grapevine Seafront is a trendy youth hostel that overlooks Brighton Beach between its two world famous piers and is situated in the heart of Brighton’s clubbing district. Rooms are available from €13.96.
  • Brighton Youth Hostel is a super clean hostel perfect for backpackers wanting to explore the city for the first time. Rooms are available from €23.71.
  • SoBo House Brighton is located in a pretty historic residential street in Central Brighton, minutes away from the seafront and has excellent clean rooms. Rooms are available from €24.97.