The South East English county of East Sussex is an incredibly popular diverse vacation destination. A wide variety of vacations can be taken ranging from South Downs walking vacations to vacations by the seaside. East Sussex really does offer a fantastic range of vacation opportunities.
Many visitors to the UK enjoy visiting the seaside and the southern part of the county of East Sussex features an extensive stretch of coastline, along which there are towns such as Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton.
The most popular East Sussex seaside resort is Brighton & Hove, the largest British seaside settlement. Prior to the eighteenth century Brighton was little more than an unimportant fishing village but around 1750 a nearby doctor began to recommend that his patients should drink and bathe in seawater for their health, saying that the water at Brighton was the best. In only a few years, in 1780, Georgian terraces began to appear and the Brighton tourism industry had started.
Tourism was further boosted following a visit by the Prince Regent (later King George IV) in in the year seventeen eighty three and again with the arrival of the railway in 1841 (bringing with it huge numbers of day-trippers from near and far). Nowadays the city gets roughly eight million visitors a year and sometimes it seems as though you can hardly move for Brighton hotels and tourists.
Eastbourne is another popular seaside town in East Sussex. Located towards the eastern end of the South Downs, it is one of the most sunny towns in the UK. The main industry in the town is tourism and it has the usual pier alongside many other visitor attractions including four theatres, numerous parks & gardens, museums and a beach (shingle), as well as such things as a bandstand. Thankfully it is easy to find cheap B & B accommodation, at the least a little more affordable than many bed & breakfasts in Brighton.
As well as the 2 popular seaside resorts mentioned above, East Sussex also has the slightly less popular, but extremely beautiful, seaside towns of Hastings, Rye and Bexhill-on-Sea, and countless interesting towns further inland such as the former market towns of Uckfield, Heathfield and Hailsham. Another town of interest in East Sussex definitely worth a visit is Crowborough (located in the centre of the Ashdown Forest), also Battle and the county town of Lewes as well as many others.