Hythe was one of the original Cinque Port towns, a confederation of towns established by Royal decree whose job it was to provide the nation with the ships and men it needed in times of threat, usually coming from the nearby Continent. Today, Hythe is a charming and traditional little Kentish town that has many attractions for you to admire on a visit from your hotel or guesthouse in Kent.
Be Close to Hythe's Attractions
Hythe has a friendly, bustling atmosphere and bags of old world rural charm. The many visitor attractions here include Brockhill Country Park, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Hythe also stages several colourful festivals throughout the year, such as the annual and appropriately named Hythe Festival and the less regular Hythe Venetian Fete. These attract visitors from across the United Kingdom and beyond, and when you're based at a nearby hotel such as the Hythe Imperial or The Castle Hotel you'll have convenient access to the various events.
Enjoy the Incredible Shopping in Hythe
If you're a fan of shopping trips and leisurely afternoon lunches, Hythe high street will be just your cup of tea. It's a long and interesting thoroughfare with an attractive selection of designer and independent shops as well as representatives of some of the bigger brand names. Some of the local restaurants and inns are extremely old and add an atmospheric touch to an afternoon's sightseeing and shopping.
The Parish Church of St. Leonard's in Hythe has some especially interesting features, which you don't have to be a fan of ecclesiastical architecture to find fascinating. It was built back in the 11th Century and visitors come here to view its unusual ossuary, a rather creepy collection of neatly-stacked human bones.
Apart from Hythe itself, from your Kent guesthouse or hotel in the town you can explore the surrounding area, which has many things of interest to enjoy. Outdoor pursuits including golf, tennis, boating, bowls, riding and windsurfing are all popular here, and you can also indulge in some sea angling and windsurfing.