Royal Military Canal
The canal was built to protect England from the possible invasion of Napoleon’s troops, with construction of the canal beginning in 1804.
Today, the canal is a great place to walk, cycle or canoe and enjoy the surrounding scenery and wildlife.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
For the past 90 years the Romney, Hythe
& Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part
of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as
“Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, our World Famous
one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives have
powered their way along the 13½ miles of track
from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in
Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve and one of
the largest shingle landscapes in the world. With 4
stations in between, all within walking distance of a
beach, our railway provides you with an opportunity
to explore this unique corner of Kent. Coast & country
walks, with all manner of wildlife & flora to be
seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic
Lighthouses are all on our doorstep.
Port Lympne Wildlife Park
Journey to South America, Asia, and Africa on our authentic safari and see some incredible animals along the way. Get up-close with life size prehistoric creatures in the Dinosaur Forest and wander our pathways to discover where the wild things are.
Brockwell Country Park
Once part of the estate of a Norman manor, Brockhill Park has a central lake, open grassland and meadows, and all the facilities you need for a family day out, including a picnic area, a play area and refreshments at the excellent Brockhill Café.
Oak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN, England
Crpt of St. Leonard
The Crypt of St. Leonard's Church in Hythe contains one of only two ossuaries in the UK. It holds over 2,000 skulls arranged neatly along the walls and 8,000 bones in a huge pile stacked almost to the ceiling. Seeing so many skulls in one go makes them less of a sinister object and more of an anthropological souvenir.
Lower Leas Coastal Park
The Lower Leas Coastal Park was opened in 2000 and is split into 3 broad recreational zones. Beginning at The Leas Lift, the formal zone comprises pine avenues, gardens and flowers blooming all year. The fun zone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east and the ever popular amphitheatre. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation, where sensitive habitat management allows wildlife to thrive.
The castle was probably erected on a Roman site, though Bronze Age implements and copper ingots discovered in Hayne's Wood, 1874, show the site had already long been inhabited.
Saltwood Castle was the much loved home of the military historian and diarist, the late Rt. Hon. Alan Clark MP. The grounds of Saltwood Castle are not normally open to the public but a few times a year there is a rare chance to see this romantic, medieval castle.
There is a moat, battlements, a secret garden, peacocks, and this year you can view the Rt. Hon Alan Clark’s classic cars.
The beach at Hythe is backed by a promenade, approximately two miles in length, which is used by cyclists and pedestrians. There are a number of outlets and stands selling ice-creams, food and beverages here and plenty of benches along the promenade.
The Promenade at Hythe runs all the way to Sandgate, a small coastal town with quaint independent shops. Approximately one mile west of the town centre, this large, pebble beach is used by fishermen , picnickers and anyone looking for a relaxing spot to sit on the shore, skimming stones and watching boats and ferries pass by in the distance.
The flat, mainly sandy beach at Dymchurch stretches for approximately 3 miles. The beach is backed by the new, improved sea wall. It is wide enough to allow pedestrians to walk all along the beach between Hythe Military Rifle Range, to St Mary’s Bay. Care needs to be taken as the sea wall, although very wide, can get quite slippery when wet.
There is plenty for families with young children to do in the area. Donkey rides are organised on Dymchurch Beach in the holiday season and Dymchurch has an amusement park and a variety of resort facilities, without the village being too commercialised.
Battle of Britain Memorial
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust extends a warm welcome to those who wish to show their respects to the heroes of the Battle of Britain by visiting this unique site of pilgrimage.
Brunch on the Beach
Fancy a leisurely breakfast by the seaside or a brunch with your friends and family in Hythe? At Griggs of Hythe Ltd, you can order fish from our shop and then enjoy the seafood outside overlooking the sea.