Visit Hythe 2024

Where the Forest Meets the Sea VISIT HYTHE & The Waterside 2024 Nestled between the edge of the New Forest and Southampton Water; ‘where the forest meets the sea’, the village of Hythe, with its surrounding area known as The Waterside is the perfect location to watch the majestic cruise ships. The settlement of Hythe dates back to Anglo Saxon times and has a fascinating history. Its name derives from ‘Hyth’ an Old English word for a permanent landing place on a river or sheltered estuary. Hythe’s most famous landmark is the Grade II Listed Victorian Pier which opened in 1881 for the transportation of goods and passengers by ferry between Southampton and Hythe. In 1922 a small, narrow gauge electric train was introduced to cater for growing commuter demand and still in service today, taking passengers to and from the Hythe Ferry, is the World’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train. Information boards along Hythe Pier tell more about its history including some famous visitors. Hythe’s bustling village centre has a variety of independent shops, trendy coffee shops, traditional cafes, pubs, restaurants and takeaways. There’s also a street market every Tuesday, two supermarkets and a pharmacy. Take a stroll around Hythe Marina’s distinctive fishing village style development or the raised boardwalk of the Promenade with the iconic Hythe Daymark. Along with the green at Prospect Place and the tranquil Grove Gardens there are plenty of waterfront places to sit and enjoy the views across Southampton Water, you may even be lucky enough to spot ‘Sammy the seal’ a regular visitor to Hythe! Along the High Street, buildings and facades date back to Georgian times; although parts of The Lord Nelson pub date back to the mid 1600’s. The imposing former Drummond Arms Hotel building in Prospect Place was built in 1840, now converted into apartments and offices. Ebenezers, a former chapel built in 1845, on Pylewell Road, has been restored and converted into a pub, retaining many of its original features. On the same road are the Pylewell Cottages, the right hand cottage is believed to date back to the mid-17th century and the left hand to the early 19th century. St John’s Church on New Road was consecrated 150 years ago in 1874 and still provides an impressive backdrop as you enter the village. The white brick building, now BeBe’s Café, was built in 1883 for tourists coming by ferry from Southampton looking for refreshments. It served as Hythe’s Post Office between the wars, before returning to its original use as a café. Next door is the distinctive building, previously the Anchor and Hope pub, with its arched windows, which is now The Herald - Your Community Magazine’s office. Hythe boasts two red pillar post boxes outside the Post Office, for the reign of King George V and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. The hovercraft was invented by Sir Christopher Cockerell in Hythe, a blue plaque and commemorative monument can both be found in St John’s Street at The Grove and the gardens behind. A blue plaque can also be found on a picturesque cottage in South Street, where T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, lived from 193132. More local history can be discovered at The Waterside Heritage Centre, located at the old Hythe Train station. Within a short distance of Hythe are the Waterside villages of Dibden Purlieu, Blackfield, Fawley, Exbury and Beaulieu, all with their own unique vistas and characteristics. While the beaches at Lepe Country Park with its fascinating history of the D-Day Preparations and underground Cold War Monitoring Post, and Calshot with its historic Tudor Castle and Flying Boat Hangars are both well worth a visit and offer picturesque views of The Solent and the Isle of Wight. In the summer months from 29th June to 15th September, The New Forest Tour open top bus stops in Hythe, the perfect way to explore the sights of the beautiful New Forest National Park. Be-Be’s Cafe • FRESHLY COOKED BREAKFASTS & LUNCHES • HOME MADE CAKES • NEW FOREST ICE CREAM Open Monday-Saturday 8am-4.15pm, Sunday 9am-3pm • Patio area • Light and airy atmosphere • Very Friendly Welcome Pylewell Road, Hythe • (023) 8020 7608

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