Lydd is a town and electoral ward in Kent, England, lying on Romney Marsh. It is one of the larger settlements on the marsh, and the most southerly town in Kent. Lydd reached the height of its prosperity during the 13th century, when it was a corporate member of the Cinque Ports, a “limb” of Romney. Actually located on Denge Marsh, Lydd was one of the first sandy islands to form as the bay evolved into what is now called Romney Marsh. The parish of Lydd comprises the town of Lydd, Dungeness, Lydd-on-Sea and parts of Greatstone-on-Sea. 

Lydd 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. Lydd was a significant port in the Middle Ages, and was a member of the Cinque Ports confederation. The town was also a center of the fishing industry, and was known for its herring trade. In the 19th century, Lydd 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.


Notable buildings in Lydd include the Gordon House Long Hall, the Guild Hall and a Medieval Court House.

The Denge Sound Mirrors are a pair of parabolic sound mirrors that were built in 1928. The mirrors were used to detect enemy aircraft during World War II. Today, the mirrors are a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can climb to the top of one of the mirrors for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Lydd Town 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 Lydd Harbour.

The Guild Hall, High Street
The Galleon, High Street

All Saints Church is a beautiful 13th century church. The church is known for its tall spire, which is the tallest in Kent. The church also has a number of interesting features, including a Norman font and a medieval tomb.

The Lydd Farmers & Artisan Market is a weekly market that sells a variety of fresh produce and local goods. The market is held on Saturdays and is a great place to find unique gifts and souvenirs.
In addition to these attractions, Lydd also has a number of beautiful beaches, parks, and gardens. 

The town is also home to a number of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Lydd Air Show and the Lydd Music Festival.

Notable buildings in Lydd include the Gordon House Long Hall, a guildhall and a medieval courthouse.

Whether you are interested in history, culture, or simply looking for a beautiful place to relax, Lydd has something to offer everyone.


Lydd Town Council
T:  01797 320999
W: lyddtowncouncil.gov.uk