Victorian Seaside Shelters – Hove, England - Atlas Obscura

Victorian Seaside Shelters

These seaside shelters once enjoyed by royalty remain a part of local history. 

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These small, Small strange-looking buildings can be found along the seafront of Brighton & Hove. These little shelters actually date back to the Victorian era.

There are seven, elegant matching cast iron shelters along the seafront. They have provided residents and tourists with a place to rest and relax for many years. What most people don’t know is that these shelters were also used by royalty. 

King Edward VII often stayed at Kings Gardens in Hove, with his wife Queen Alexandra, and both enjoyed visiting Brighton and admiring its seafront by sitting in these shelters.

There are five out of seven shelters that have a graded status and can be found all along Brighton promenade, from the Armada Beacon near Portslade, all the way to Madeira Drive. The shelters also feature dado panels, decorated with a yellow ship. The 16th-century French Galleon, the symbol of Hove, is meant to commemorate attacks along the Hove coastline during the early part of that century.  

Know Before You Go

There are several cafes along the seafront, including Big Beach Cafe, Lex's Cafe, Marroccos (which is famous locally for its ice cream) & The Meeting Place amongst many others. Hot doughnuts and fish and chips are also recommended.