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Hythe is a little Hampshire seaside resort opposite Southampton Water on the south coast of England. It’s a small isolated village with such charm and pride in its maritime heritage. It’s hidden away at the edge of the New Forest and is one of those idyllic, quiet waterfront locations, perfect for quietly exploring.
When we visited, the village was getting ready for the Jubilee Weekend in June 2022. This just added to the magical atmosphere in this pretty little unknown place.
£ – inexpensive option, great for being budget-conscious
££ – mid-priced, good value for money
£££ – high end, unique experience
Hythe Water Activities
Begin your visit to Hythe with a charming boat trip on the Hythe Ferry. Jump on board at Town Quay, close to Southampton City Centre and make the 15 minute crossing as you take in the views of Southampton Water, looking out towards The Solent. Depending on timing, you may see one of the many cruise ships docked at Southampton Port. Land at Hythe Pier Head, where you’ll appreciate an authentic feel for Hythe’s maritime heritage.
As one of the longest piers in England, Hythe Pier operates the last continuously operating electric pier trains that exist in the world along to the pier entrance. The train ride sets the pace of this small village, or you can walk along the pier and stop at the information points along the way to learn about its abundance of history.
The train ride is free for Hythe Ferry passengers however, you can enjoy the ride or walk the pier for a £2 donation. If you enjoy watching activities on the water, it’s a great way to stretch out into Southampton Waters, especially if there is a cruise ship passing by – you can’t get that much closer, apart from actually being on it!
Home to a War Memorial garden, Prospect Place is an excellent location overlooking Hythe’s waterfront. Perfect for lying and playing on the well maintained grass, it’s ideal for enjoying some water wellness vibes.
Jump on board one of the few boat trips in Southampton (but one of the best in Hampshire!) and make a day of exploring Hythe and the surrounding waters. Book a Hythe Market trip to head over to their Tuesday market day and meander amongst all the handmade gifts and crafts before cruising out for the afternoon.
Join as a member at Freedom Boat Club and benefit from easy access to The Solent, one of the most desirable boating destinations in the UK. Everyone who joins the Club enjoys unlimited access to their home fleet. They take care of everything – maintenance, cleaning, repairs and storage. All you have to do is book your boat, relax and begin creating memories on the water.
Hythe Marina Village
Hythe Marina Village was the first marina village to be built in the UK and is still one of the finest. Located on Southampton Water’s western shore, it’s a unique development of a 206-berth marina, waterside homes, shops, restaurants, bars and a hotel. Explore whilst enjoying a leisurely stroll, with plenty of seating available.
What we love most about the marina village is watching the many vessels slowly cruise in between the characterful homes as they make their way back to their individual berths. It’s almost as if you were in the Mediterranean!
Daymark on the Prom
Visit the iconic Hythe Daymark on the Prom for a great photo opportunity. Distinct in its appearance, you can’t explore Hythe without taking these views in before leaving.
It is worth mentioning that a walk around the High Street and the village streets also shows off how quaint this community really is. You won’t find many big brand names here!
Hythe Waterside Dining
The Boathouse Hotel and Restaurant in Hythe, Southampton, has gorgeous views overlooking the beautiful marina. Its quiet location is perfect for soaking in the water vibes, with plenty of seating inside and out. It’s popular with locals – not surprising with a great menu that caters well for everyone.
Seashells Lounge Bar & Restaurant boasts some of the waterside’s finest views, with their panoramic restaurant and spacious sun terrace. It’s the perfect place to watch some of the world’s biggest and most famous cruise liners enter and depart Southampton Waters.
Check out the Bacon & Brie omelette – it was pretty good!
Hythe Waterfront Stays
As part of the above-mentioned restaurant, the Boathouse Hotel is centrally located and perfect for exploring the surrounding areas. There is a good range of rooms to suit every budget. And what better way to enjoy breakfast on the balcony, overlooking the idyllic marina.
Do you have a favourite thing to do in Hythe, Southampton? We would love to know in the comments below.
Water loving British girl who moved to Australia and seriously caught the travel bug! Loves to explore and share destinations that inspire others to spend more time on the water and in the great outdoors. Typically, you’ll find her on a boat or next to the ocean, often in a daydream!