Hove Area Guide
Central Hove stretches roughly from Hove Street in the west to Grand Avenue and Palmeira Square in the east, bounded to the North by Old Shoreham Road, with the English Channel to the south. The main commercial street of Church Road abounds with restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars and part of its charm is its obvious appeal to people of all ages. The buildings and architecture of Central Hove are its greatest attraction along with the seafront and Hove Lawns. This is a very popular location as it has the urban feel of a city but with the splendour of period properties and the space and rustic fabric of coastal life. Further along the coast to the west and north are beautiful family homes and quaint terraced houses, constituting Hove a versatile and popular residential locale, affordable housing existing alongside more exclusive high end residences.
Hove is home to a number of excellent primary schools, and three major secondary schools with incumbent sixth form colleges: Cardinal Newman, Hove Park and Blatchington Mill. Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) is also very popular for further education.
Pedestrianised George Street is a popular shopping precinct with a Tesco superstore to its west. George Street regularly plays host to popular French and farmer’s markets. With a unique atmosphere all of its own Hove Shopping offers an impressive array of funky interior design shops, fashion boutiques and specialist shops jostling alongside international restaurants, organic greengrocers and independent cafes.
Sports and leisure facilities are outstanding and cater to all tastes. The Sussex County Cricket Ground is used for county, national and international matches, music concerts and firework displays. The Brighton & Hove Hockey Club ground is also based in Hove and there is a golf club in West Hove. Beautiful parks such as Hove Park and St. Anne's Well Gardens boast generous green open spaces, children’s play areas and cafes. The King Alfred Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and gym and Hove Lagoon offers a variety of water sports plus the draw of Norman Cooke’s restaurant, a children’s playground and paddling pool. Stunning coastal walks, Hove beach, a seafront-based dedicated children’s paddling pool, sand pit, and playground area and a wide, smooth promenade making it perfect for walking with the family, there is so much on offer.
A comprehensive public transport system includes buses to all districts and three railway stations, Hove station having direct access to the Brighton main line to London. Direct train journeys to London take just over an hour, and to Brighton, a few minutes. There are also numerous bike lanes across the city and along the seafront. The A259 connects Hove to the east and west coastal areas and access to the A23/M23 is minutes away by car. All of this plus stunningly beautiful churches, first class medical facilities, lawns, parks and outstanding architecture, Hove really is an amazing place to live.
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