Hove Beach (Hove Lawns)

Hove Beach - East Sussex
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Hove’s well known beach is mostly shingle and runs adjacent to the centre of the town, which is part of the Brighton and Hove metropolis - apparently one of the sunniest places in the country.

The beach is interspersed by regular groynes and backed by a long esplanade with a cycle lane, as well as Hove Lawns, a grassy area, with many facilities including cafes, a bowling club, a tennis club, a leisure centre, an amusement arcade and crazy golf off St Aubyns Street. There is also a large lagoon here with a yachting club, an outdoor swimming pool, a skate park, and a large children’s play area.  Swimming is popular at the beach, as well as water sports such as surfing and sailing.
Along the promenade are plenty of beach huts, some of which are available for hire.

The closest parking from the beach can be found on Hove Street, with access to the beach down a slipway. This includes a number of disabled spaces. Beach wheelchairs are available for hire at Brighton and Hove Seafront Office to the east of the beach. Further parking can be found along Kingsway, the main road that is set back from the beach, towards Brighton Pier.

The centre of Brighton, with all of the facilities of a large city, including a railway station with regular services into London, is about a mile to the east of the beach.

Also known as:

Hove Lawns

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned may-sept.

East Sussex dog friendly beaches »


  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TQ 2891 0423


There is parking available for a charge.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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