"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Hythe

Hythe , is a small coastal market town on the edge of Romney Marsh, in the District of Shepway (derived from Sheep Way) on the south coast of Kent. The word Hythe or Hithe is an Old English word meaning Haven or Landing Place.

The town has Medieval and Georgian buildings, as well as a Saxon/Norman church on the hill and a Victorian seafront promenade. Hythe was once defended by two castles, Saltwood and Lympne. The Town Hall, a former Guildhall, was built in 1794, its fireplace designed by the Adam Brothers.

Hythe's market once took place in Market Square (now Red Lion Square) close to where there is now a Farmers' Market every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Hythe has gardening, horse riding, bowling, tennis, cricket, football, squash and sailing clubs. Lord Deedes was patron of Hythe Civic Society, and the hounds of The East Kent Hunt are kennelled in nearby Elham.

As an important Cinque Port Hythe once possessed a bustling harbour which, over the past three hundred years, has now disappeared due to silting. Hythe was the central Cinque Port, sitting between Hastings and New Romney to the west and Dover and Sandwich to the east.

According to Hasted, a French fleet approached Hythe in 1293 and landed 200 men, but "the townsmen came upon them and slew every one of them: upon which the rest of the fleet hoisted sail and made no further attempt".

In 1348 the black death afflicted Hythe, and in 1400 the plague further reduced the population.

Hythe is also the birthplace of Mackeson Stout.

Local authority: Shepway District Council

OS Grid Reference: TR161347

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Things to see and do in and around Hythe

  • Brockhill Country Park
  • Mudpie Pottery Painting Creative Studio
  • Elham Valley Railway Museum
  • Lower Leas Coastal Park
  • Kidz Planet
  • Peene Quarry Picnic Site
  • Lathe Barn
  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
  • Folkestone Ski Centre
  • The Leas Lift
  • Leas Bandstand
  • Kent Battle of Britain Museum
  • Folkestone Library, Museum and Art Gallery
  • Rotunda Amusement Park
  • Martello Tower No 3 Visitor Centre

Tourist Information

Hythe
Visitor Centre
Hythe Railway Station
Scanlons Bridge Road
Kent
England
CT21 6LD

Phone 01303 266 421

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 23 March

06:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1012
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
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Pressure 1014
Humidity 79%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
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Pressure 1014
Humidity 67%
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15:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
NE
Pressure 1015
Humidity 71%
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18:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
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Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
NE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 80%
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21:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 11mph.
NE
Pressure 1019
Humidity 81%
UV Index n/a
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