It cannot be denied that the world’s most sought-after towns are found by the shores. The seaside has always been ideal for new settlements, with rich marine sources that could provide both active and passive income to any locale. When railways were built near the south coast of England, the borough constituency of Hove evolved from a humble fishing village into a vacation town. The settlement merged with nearby Brighton in 1997, and eventually became known as the borough of Brighton and Hove. The single conurbation has attained a city status, and has been popularized as an urban escape for media and music lovers who do not wish to stay in England’s capital.
Mainstream goods can be found in Churchill Square Shopping Centre, but if you find it too generic, head to the Lanes instead. The Lanes is perfect for shopping souvenirs, which features little shops where the fishing village used to be. The avenue is famous for the Lanes Armoury, popular for selling weaponry and the war memorabilia. The North Laine is a diverse district, offering a lot of quirky deals. The strip sells everything from magic potions to fairy wings and fire staffs. There are also interesting second-hand clothes stores and cafes along the area. Make sure to take home at least a leather-bound book or a can of organic beer. Book your Hove Hotels with Reservations.com.
Exploring the City
The borough benefits from an extensive public transport system. Guests can explore the city by train which runs from the London and Victoria bridge stations. The two railway stations in town involve the West Coastway Line and the Brighton Main Line. There are several access points to a comprehensive bus monitoring system. The best way to travel through the city is by the Stagecoach bus services, which offers a day’s worth of unlimited travel. Taxis can pick you up almost anywhere. Since the city’s streets can be quite congested, as with other European cities, it may not be easy to bring a car in.
The Brighton and Hove Beach features a nudist area and an avenue for surfing. The Sealife Centre, the world’s oldest working Aquarium, has a historic walkthrough underwater tunnel. Tourists can also explore the interesting architectural piece built by John Nash, the Royal Pavilion. Once built for the prince, the pavilion has an Indian façade, while the interior is filled with Asian décor. The St. Bartholomew’s Church is one of the city’s best known landmarks, and exists as one of the tallest churches in Europe.
The Hove Museum and Art Gallery has a wide collection of local history artifacts, fine arts, toys, and contemporary crafts. The museum has one of England’s finest craft collections, and features a comprehensive history of local cinema. The Toy and Model Museum is a delightful place for kids. The Booth Museum of Natural History along Dyke Road features an interesting collection of more than 300 bird species, a giant bear, and the bizarre feejee mermaid. The museum also features the infamous Bone Room.