Hythe is a historic seaside town in Kent, England. It is situated on the Romney Marsh, about 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Canterbury. Hythe has a long and rich history, dating back to Roman times. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and was granted its first charter by King Edward I in 1252.

Hythe was a significant port in the Middle Ages, and was a member of the Cinque Ports confederation. The town was also a centre of the fishing industry, and was known for its herring trade. In the 19th century, Hythe became a popular seaside resort. The town’s long sandy beach and its proximity to London made it a popular destination for day trippers and holidaymakers alike.

Today, Hythe is a thriving town with a population of over 12,000 people. The town is a popular tourist destination, and is known for its well-preserved historic centre, its beautiful beach, and its proximity to the Romney Marsh.


The Royal Military Canal is a 28-mile long canal that was built in the 19th century to defend the country from invasion. The canal is now a popular spot for walking, cycling, and boating.

Hythe Museum tells the story of the town’s history, from its Roman origins to the present day. The museum has a number of exhibits and artefacts, including a collection of Roman pottery and a model of the Hythe Harbour.

St Leonard’s Church is a beautiful Norman church that dates back to the 11th century. The church is known for its crypt, which contains the ossuary of the Cinque Ports.

Hythe Beach is a long sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. The beach is also home to a number of cafes and restaurants.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a 15-inch gauge steam railway that runs along the Romney Marsh. The railway is a popular tourist attraction, and offers stunning views of the countryside.

In addition to these attractions, Hythe has a number of historic buildings, pubs, and restaurants. The town is also home to events and festivals throughout the year, including the Hythe Regatta and the Hythe Bay Food Festival. Whether you are interested in history, culture, or simply looking for a beautiful place to relax, Hythe has something to offer everyone.


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