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What Is Life Like In Hythe?
Hythe is an idyllic coastal town, located close to Folkestone on Kent’s south coast.
The historic market town is lined with medieval and Georgian buildings, hosting independent boutiques and antique shops. Hythe also boasts an attractive Victorian seafront promenade, which continues to delight tourists and local residents today.
History Of Hythe
Dating back to ancient times and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Hythe has a wealth of history just waiting to be explored.
The town has two castles, Saltwood and Lympne. Saltwood can be traced back to 488 and is believed to be where Thomas Becket's assassination was plotted in 1170. Lympne Castle is a medieval castle which is now hired out for weddings and other celebrations.
The 11th century church has many interesting finds including a bone store from the medieval period and an early Norman doorway. It is also the resting place of Lionel Lukin – the inventor of the modern lifeboat.
Hythe's charming character is added to by the Royal Military Canal which runs under Slade Street. Originally intended to deter invasion during the early 19th century, the 26-mile-long canal, lined with pretty trees, provides a picture-postcard backdrop to the town.
Days Out In Hythe
With wildlife, country walks, history and vintage trains, Hythe has plenty of activities for all to enjoy.
Brockhill Country Park once belonged to a Norman estate and is now bursting with wildlife, including species such as white marbled butterflies, green woodpeckers and, at the relevant time of year, is blanketed with snowdrops. The tranquil lake, grasslands and meadows combined with the picnic and play areas and café, make the park a great day out for visitors of all ages to enjoy – whatever the season!
Fancy getting up close and personal with wild animals? Go on safari without leaving Kent at Port Lympne Reserve! The park is home to lions, tigers, cheetahs and one of the world’s largest gorilla collections – there’s over 700 animals to find across 600 acres of countryside.
If you'd prefer to see the stunning countryside via steam train, board the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The miniature locomotive is a third of the size of a standard train and gives guests the opportunity to take in the views along the 13.5 miles of track, between Hythe and Dungeness.
Things To Do In Hythe
Staying true to its market town roots, Hythe has a Farmers' Market each 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in the Methodist Church Hall, with local producers selling free-range eggs, breads, cakes, meat, cheeses, vegetables and more. The High Street offers many well-known stores including Boots, Costa Coffee and W. H. Smiths alongside a fantastic mix of independent boutiques and family-run shops, cafés and restaurants.
Hythe has a busy community scene with groups such as Hythe and Saltwood Sailing, Hythe Lawn Tennis, Hythe Cricket and Hythe Bowling Clubs meeting regularly. The town also has a football club (Hythe Town F.C.) who play at the Reachfields Stadium.
Hythe's pebble beach and traditional promenade also boast plenty to do, with swimming, strolling and sunbathing the least of them!
Schools In Hythe
Hythe has a number of excellent schools and educational facilities within close proximity.
Primary & first schools include:
- Hythe Bay Primary
- Lympne C. of E. Primary School
- Palmarsh Primary School
- Saltwood C. of E. Primary School
- Seabrook Church Of England Primary School
- St. Augustine's Catholic Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
- Pent Valley School
- The Harvey Grammar School
- The Folkestone School For Girls
Higher education institutions:
- South Kent College
Transport In Hythe
Hythe is well connected and has a range of transport links.
The nearest station to Hythe is Sandling, 2 miles from the town centre. The station has frequent services to Folkestone Central (8 minutes), Ashford International (12 minutes) and London Charing Cross (1 hour 40 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Stagecoach East Kent operate regular routes to nearby towns including Folkestone, Ashford and Canterbury.
London City Airport is 53 miles from Hythe.
Hythe is located on the A259 which runs to Folkestone in the east and Hastings in the west. The M20 is also nearby which connects the town with London in 90 minutes.