With stunning views of the English Channel to enjoy while strolling the Victorian promenade, the historic town of Hythe has plenty to offer.
Enjoy a spot of shopping in the unique, independent shops that line the high street, or discover your adventurous side with a host of outdoor activities including sailing, windsurfing, swimming and golf.
This charming town, where contemporary style combines effortlessly with vintage classics, is a mecca for shoppers; the bustling high street is crammed with an array of boutique shops and restaurants reflecting the town’s unique atmosphere. You’ll be spoilt for choice as you explore this eclectic high street and browse local produce, antiques, up-cycled furniture and one-off pieces for your home. You'll also find beautiful jewellery, eye-catching art, pre-loved clothing and accessories, plus hairdressers, book-sellers and beauticians.
Scattered amongst the variety of shops and salons are pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars catering for everyone - from the real ale aficionados to the fussy foodies and cocktail connoisseurs. Discover lovingly homemade cakes and chocolate treats, with prosecco served on the side; traditional European dishes; fish and chips; tempting Thai food and Indian favourites; plus perfect pizzas and the ultimate fry up, to name a few!
The town boasts a beautiful long beachfront that is perfect for a seaside walk, picnic or flying kites, or book a water sports lesson or session for your friends and family.
Hythe is home to some beautiful hotels, including the Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa, with stunning views overlooking the beach. Behind, swathes of parks and greenery lead to the Napoleonic-era Royal Military Canal, which stretches for 28 miles with cycle and walking routes. Alternatively during the summer season, hire a row boat or enjoy a leisurely trip on an electric cruiser.
From beautiful old houses and cottages to a skull-packed ossuary in the 10th century St Leonard's crypt, Hythe has plenty of interesting historical sights to see.
A must-see for visitors of all ages is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, a scenic marsh-side meander in little train carriages across the Romney Marsh to Dungeness, hauled by steam or diesel powered engines. Nearby the popular destination of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve is not to be missed, with its enormous exotic reserve for endangered animals and award-winning accommodation. A great day out and even better with an overnight stay.
Saltwood village, just a mile north of Hythe, is home to Saltwood Castle, famed for being the location where the plot was hatched to assassinate Thomas Becket. Although the castle is rarely open to the public, group visits can be arranged.
Brockhill Park is also nearby, with everything you need for a family day out. There is a lake, grassland that is home to a herd of deer, a play area, picnic spots and refreshments from the on-site cafe.