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The Palace Pier in Brighton is synonymous with the region and this was proved in a recent poll when it was ranked as one of the top free attractions in the UK.

Holidaymakers staying in Sussex holiday cottages should put a visit to the Palace Pier in Brighton on their bucket lists, especially after it was voted the fourth favourite free attraction in the whole of Britain.

The Brighton Pier, which opened back in 1899, is full of fun for the whole family as it boasts traditional fairground rides and all the latest gaming mayhem. Thrill seekers can also try the Turbo Coaster or be spun senseless on the Booster.

Piers, Museums, national parks and beaches rank highly

The free attractions survey by the National Express compiled the responses from 1,000 adults within the UK and found piers, museums, beaches and national parks ranked highly in the top 50 list.

The only attractions to beat the Palace Pier in Brighton were the Lake District in Cumbria, the Peak District Hills in Derbyshire and Snowdonia in North Wales.

Speaking to the West Sussex County Times, Chris Hardy, who is the National Express Managing Director, says, “They say the best things in life are free and we hope our list inspires people to get out and explore somewhere new – without breaking the bank.

“It’s great to see that Brits appreciate the natural sights that the UK has to offer, and the sheer volume of beauty spots on this list goes to show that you’re never far from something stunning to see on a day out.”

The top 50 list featured a total of 23 museums and attractions ranging from world-famous attractions to lesser-known destinations. Surprisingly there was only one attraction in London that featured in the top 10 with the Natural History Museum ranked the ninth best free attraction in the UK.