Beach Hut History

Beach huts have always been a part of seaside history

King George III used wheeled bathing machines at Mudeford in 1801, while Queen Victoria used them at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. Today, there are approximately 20,000 huts across the UK. 

Beach huts in Bournemouth

The UK’s first public beach huts were built in Bournemouth in 1909. Hut 2359 is our oldest one. It has a blue plaque and is available for weekly hire. You can find it by Bournemouth Beach Office. 

The Purbeck View huts at Alum Chine beach have a traditional design, but have an informal village style layout. This gives the huts a sense of community. A range of multi-coloured huts were recently installed to the east of Bournemouth Pier. 

The beach pods in the Boscombe Overstrand building have award-winning designs from Hemingway Design. 

There are nearly 2,000 beach huts along Bournemouth beach. Around 70% of these are privately owned. We own the rest of them. 

You can hire a beach hut from us.