7 Romantic Date Ideas In Brighton For All Budgets

Whether you are looking forward to it or hiding from it, there is no denying that Valentine's Day is slowly creeping up on us. Even before Christmas was over, the red and pink romantic messages were shoved onto the shelves of every card shop. I'm a firm believer that Valentine's Day has just become a huge commercial opportunity rather than actually being about romance, so putting some time aside for your beau and spending some quality moments with them is, in my opinion, one hundred times better than buying a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates (although don't get me wrong, I do love both of those things...). If, like me, you're based in Brighton, I've come up with a list of date ideas that are appropriate for all budgets, whether you've been with someone a while, on a first date, or on a friend date!

Under £5

Wander through the South Downs at Devil's Dyke

Although walking in the fresh air is technically free, I included it within this price range due to the travel expenses of getting to Devil's Dyke. If you don't drive, you can easily get a taxi or catch the 77 bus to the stunning location which will give you the most incredible views of Brighton. With rolling hills and endless fields, this is a fantastic date for those who love being outdoors. There are some lovely walks you can take around the area or explore your own path- either way the views you will come across will be utterly breath-taking. A lovely date idea for quality time (whilst being active), although beware that it does get quite windy! There's a pub restaurant near where the bus will drop you off too if the walking makes you hungry.

A romantic stroll along the beach and visit the Pier

When in Brighton, you've got to visit the beach! It's one of the main reasons tourists visit our sunny location, so make the most of having this peaceful feature at your doorstep. There's nothing more romantic than walking hand-in-hand along the beach, so why not be cheesy and do just this? There are stalls to visit along the way, places to stop and challenge your date to a game of mini-golf, ice-cream to eat and sights to see (just try and avoid the seagulls!). Whilst it may be a bit chilly at the moment (wrap up warm, that sea breeze will get you), there is nothing more peaceful than being by the sea. The Palace Pier offers a bit of shelter too, along with plenty of entertainment if you need to shake the date up a bit!

Under £10

Explore the beauty of the Royal Pavilion 

This was actually the destination of mine and Stewart's third date, and the date I realised that he was the guy for me, so the Royal Pavilion holds a special place in my heart. The actual building is an exotic palace built for King George IV and sits majestically in the middle of Old Steine, in the centre of Brighton town. The design boasts architectural influence from India and China, and the rooms within are just as beautiful. If you are interested in design, architecture and history, this is a great date location for you! After your tour (I would recommend getting the guide unlike us- we wandered around having no idea what anything was!), embrace the Brighton sunshine and stroll through the stunning Pavilion gardens; they can get busy at times but somehow always remain so seemingly serene. If you are a Brighton resident, tickets only cost £6.15 so this Brighton landmark won't break the bank either!

Get lost in a movie at the Duke of York's 

Again, another fabulous date location if you adore the old-fashioned charm of Brighton, the Duke of York's Picture House is the oldest cinema in Britain that continues to be in use, having first opened its doors in 1910. Although now owned by Cineworld, the infamous cinema still retains that quirky, historical feel that Brightonians love so much. The cinema, located by Preston Circus, shows the latest must-see films alongside some much-loved classics, so there is something for everyone (they show these vintage films all day on Sundays). Although tickets for non-members are £11 at peak times (£10 for students), the Duke of York's do an offer where tickets are £7 all day on Mondays. Charming, historical and a classic date idea.

Under £20

Grab coffee and cake in the Laines

Another main feature of Brighton which makes it so endearing and unique are the Lanes. Both north and south lanes offer up many family-run and boutique cafes for you and your date to grab something to eat and drink. I think that the North Lanes cafes get slightly busier (the parallel roads make cafes far easier to find), but the maze of the South Lanes means that you can discover some gems that may not have the same hustle and bustle (maybe because people have got lost trying to find them!). You are still right next to the sea if you fancied a little walk afterwards, but tucked away enough for the location to be quiet, intimate and romantic.

Under £30

A night in with food, wine and a good movie

Going out is fun, especially when you are still dating, but when you've been together a while, sometimes the best thing to do is to give each other a break from the chore of cooking and order in some food! Put on your favourite movie (Valentine's appropriate, preferably), stick a bottle of wine in the fridge, and make sure the only effort you put in is deciding if you want to order sides too. It's a great option when it's freezing outside- you can snuggle under a blanket and let the romantic dinner come to you. Although it may not be the healthiest option, ordering dinner from delivery services like Hungry House will ensure that you spend less time arguing over who is doing the washing up and more time with the one you love.

See a show at Komedia

Probably the best place in Brighton if you love comedy shows, Komedia is up there with one of my favourite places for dates. They've always got plenty of offers on- at the moment they are offering £5 off Friday and Saturday evening Krater Comedy shows, £10 tickets for the 10.30pm Krater show and always have student/ under 26 offers where you can get a range of shows for only £5!. If you can't take advantage of any of these cracking offers, a ticket will set you back about £12.50 for the Krater Club show (the most popular ones will be Friday and Saturday evenings), but if you want to choose to have a meal with the show, tickets are priced from £22. Although most of the comedians aren't ones you will recognise from the telly, you can discover some incredible artists and leave the place sore from laughing so much.

What other date ideas do you have for Brightonians? I've left out restaurants as there are so many to choose from, but which places would you recommend for a romantic dinner?

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