The waterfront village of Hythe lies between the New Forest National Park and Southampton Water. Hythe and it’s surrounding area, known as the Waterside is a fascinating area to explore and steeped in history. There are plenty of great pubs, restaurants and places to eat, great local shops, places to stay and things to do.
Hythe offers great locations to view the majestic cruise liners and container ships passing by, to and from the Port of Southampton. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Hythe’s interesting and unique shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Hythe Marina with its distinctive fishing village style development with restaurants, or the seafront Promenade with its raised boardwalk.
Hythe is also the home of the world’s oldest pier train, trundling up and down Hythe’s famous Victorian pier to catch the ferry, which sails back and forth every half hour between Hythe and the city of Southampton.
Within easy reach are the Waterside villages of Dibden Purlieu, Fawley, Marchwood and Eling.
The beach at Calshot is great for water sports, or visit the historic Tudor castle, Flying Boat Hangars on Calshot Spit and Calshot Activity Centre.
A mile away, Lepe beach & Country Park has a fascinating history of the D-Day Preparations and an underground Cold War monitoring post. Both offer stunning views of the Isle of Wight across the Solent.
Photo: John Broomfield
Map & Directions
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From M27 Junction 2, follow M271. Westbound A33 to New Forest. At roundabout take A326 to Hythe & Fawley, at roundabout make first exit to Hythe & Dibden.
Public Transport Directions
Blue Star buses 8 or 9 from Southampton. Hythe Ferry from Southampton Town Quay. Wilts & Dorset 112 from Lymington.