Hythe
Hythe
Kent CT21 5AD
 
 

 

Hythe is a small coastal market town on the edge of Romney Marsh in Kent on the south coast of England. It is the only original Saxon Cinque Port still on the coast although the harbour had completely disappeared by the 17th century due to gradual reshaping of the Channel coast by long-shore drift and constant battering by storms.

There is a seafront promenade along the wide shingle beach, and several Napoleonic forts (Martello Towers) built in 1805 still guard the coast. The town rises up the hill behind the High Street in a series of terraces lined with medieval and Geogian buildings.

In Norman times the High Street was the wharf, goods being carried up to the town through the narrow alleys still used by pedestrians.

Church of St Leonard
At the top of the hill is the very interesting Saxon/Norman Church of St Leonard with its weird collection of skulls.
 
The Town Hall
Built in 1794, the Town Hall has an interesting little museum and memorabilia from the town’s time as a Cinque port and 18th century military garrison.
 
Famous People
Several important inventors lived in Hythe – the inventor of the lifeboat, Lionel Lukin and Francis Pettit Smith, inventor of the marine screw propeller. As you walk around the town look out for the plaques on the buildings marking where they lived.
 
Accommodation, Food & Drinks
Visitors are well catered for with hotel and other accommodation, particularly along the seafront, good pubs and restaurants.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia here:     External Link
 
Royal Military Canal
Hythe is the start of another Napoleonic defence, the Royal Military Canal which runs across the northern edge of the marsh to Winchelsea. Built in the early 19th century the canal gives central Hythe its character. Now shaded by trees, the 30 feet (10m) wide, canal runs for 26 miles (42 km) and makes for a pleasant walk out into the countryside.
 
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
A very popular attraction with people of all ages is the miniature Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Hythe Station is the northern terminus of the line.
 
Hythe's Defences
The town was once defended by two castles on the escarpment - Saltwood to the east and Lympne to the west. The privately owned Saltwood Castle looms over the village and makes a great photograph.
 
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is a particular favourite with families and open all year.
 
Hythe Venetian Fete
Every two years in August, Hythe holds a colourful and typically unorthodox aquatic event. To try and time your visit to Hythe to enjoy this event, visit our article 'Hythe Venetian Fete' in this website.
 
Contact & Visitor Centres
Website   Visit Kent/ Visitor Information    External Link
 
Google Maps - Hythe