Things to see and do in Hove

PUBLISHED: 15:02 19 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:02 19 February 2014

The Old Market in Hove

The Old Market in Hove


The oft-overlooked, more sedate big sister of its twin town Brighton, Hove has a distinctly different pace of life, with elegant Regency squares, bijou boutiques and a wide promenade, perfect for people-watching

A piece of cake

There are so many places to refuel and people-watch in Hove that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here are some of our favourite places for a cuppa and a slice of cake:


A dinky little café selling gorgeous, imaginative cakes and loose-leaf teas amongst cute, vintage-inspired décor. 
The sticky ginger cake and chocolate brownies are particularly highly recommended.

164 Church Road, 01273 933695

General Store & Café

Good quality light bites and afternoon teas in a light and airy café atop the covetable fashion and lifestyle shop. A welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of main shopping street, Western Road.

31a Western Road, 01273 775257

Ethel’s Kitchen

If you’re travelling by train, this popular café is conveniently situated close by. Using mostly local produce, they serve well-prepared and homely fare at reasonable prices.

The sweet vintage vibe and friendly staff make it a nice place to be, too.

59 Blatchington Road, 01273 203204


Brunswick Town

Perhaps the jewel in Hove’s crown, the Brunswick development was the brainchild of two men: the Reverend Thomas Scutt, whose land was used for the project, and Charles Busby, a visionary architect. Designed in the 1820s, the plan was for a model town, the focal point being prestigious Brunswick Square, with accommodation and public houses for the middle and working classes that would serve the Square’s aristocratic occupants.

Today, these elegant buildings are mostly divided into apartments, and the central gardens play host to several annual events, including the Brunswick Town Art Fair in June and the Brunswick Festival in August.

If you are interested in the Regency period and its architecture, you may like to consider visiting or supporting the Regency Town House, where a group of volunteers is working to promote interest in the period. They also provide tours of the house and the Brunswick Town area in the warmer months, but these must be booked online or by telephone, 01273 206306


Did you know?

That 19 days after the declaration of war in 1939, the Allied Supreme War Council met at Hove Town Hall? Harold Chamberlain and his French opposite, Daladier, flew into Shoreham Airport for the occasion.


Hove Museum

On New Church Road, Hove Museum and Art Gallery piques the interest before you’ve even entered, with an elaborate Indian gate in its garden. Inside, there are permanent exhibits illustrating the nature and process of craft and making, and a fascinating archive of children’s toys. Train-lovers will particularly love the museum’s collection of model engines.

There’s a lot to interest cineasts, with information on the local players of the nascent cinema scene of the 19th century, including Alfred Darling, Esme Collings and George Albert Smith. There are also some fascinating films to watch, including one depicting local life in the 1970s.

Another permanent exhibit details the architectural and social history of the area. There are lots of fascinating discoveries – for instance, Gwydyr Mansions originally had a restaurant for residents where formal dress was expected.
01273 292827

Free entry Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm


Shooting the sea breeze

No day beside the seaside is complete without a walk along the promenade. While Brighton’s seafront is hectic and exciting, Hove offers a far more leisurely experience, and the Lawns are the perfect place for a picnic in summer. Dodge joggers and strolling families as you make your way past the colourful beach huts. Walking towards the two piers, you will pass the fine Regency architecture of Palmeira Square, Adelaide Crescent and the Brunswick area, before reaching the Peace Statue (pictured). Locals say that it marks the boundary between Brighton and Hove.

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