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East Sussex is well thought of as one of the United Kingdom's premier holiday destinations, and for good reason! In addition to its close proximity to London, the southern county boasts oodles of spectacular natural beauty and a wealth of charming seaside and rural towns to discover. It may be an incredible place to visit, but that doesn't mean an East Sussex break comes with a hefty price tag. The county is home to a good number of affordable one star hotels, hostels and guesthouses that offer great accommodation at a wallet-friendly price.
The coastal city of Brighton and Hove is well known for being a diverse and welcoming city. That means there's something in town to suit holidaymakers of all persuasions, regardless of your budget. Home to the broadest range of hotels in East Sussex, Brighton is the obvious choice for those seeking an affordable place to lay their head.
Journeys Hostel Brighton offers a central location, right on Old Steine, the main thoroughfare which leads down to the famous pier. From here, all of the city's best attractions are within walking distance, meaning there's no need to fork out any money for public transport.
A good chunk of Brighton's visitors are in town for the weekend, hitting the town in the evening in search of a good time. While there are venues of all descriptions dotted around the city, the bulk of the affordable nightclubs and bars are situated on West Street, between the train station and the beach. While the weekends are busiest, week nights are popular with students, with bars typically offering cheap deals on food and drink.
One of the biggest attractions of East Sussex is the long stretch of gorgeous coastline. From the peaceful beaches of Rottingdean to the stunning, dramatic cliffs of Beachy Head, there's a great deal of diversity within a short distance. Whether your ideal day at the seaside involves a lengthy walk along the picturesque coastline or hours spent topping up the tan on the beaches, everything is within easy reach, and a lot of it is free!
Whether your hotel is out in the countryside or in the centre of Brighton, the famous Sussex Downs National Park is easily accessible by bus or by car. One of the country's favourite walking spots, the Downs offer trails to suit all abilities. From gentle strolls which point hurriedly to the nearest quaint village and pub, to lengthy hikes, everything is on offer.
While Eastbourne is typically thought of as being Brighton's grown-up and more elegant sister town, there's also plenty to see and do for those on a budget. With a campus of Brighton University having opened in the town, the number of affordable places to eat and drink has shot up in recent years.