Visit Hythe and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Hythe, Kent. Once a port, and one of the Cinque Ports, the town today stands a little back from the sea, though it is virtually a seaside resort; the beach is mainly shingle. The Royal Military Canal, constructed in the days of the Napoleonic Wars, is here flanked by gardens and provides an attractive and popular recreational feature. The gardens and canal are the scene of an annual summer pageant, called the Water Festival or Venetian Carnival, the highlight of which is a procession of decorated floats along the canal, followed by a fireworks display on, and over, the water.
Numbers of buildings 200 years old or more can be found in the back streets of the town, and on the sea-front is an interesting round house, converted from a Martello tower.
The Church of St Leonard stands in a commanding position on the steep side of a hill. The soaring 13th-century chancel rises 13 steps above the nave of the original Norman church; it was built in this fashion because of lack of space. Below the church is a crypt containing thousands of human bones, the origin of which is not definitely known. The church has some fine mouldings, and the east window, of modern glass, is an excellent piece of work.
About ½mile North is the village of Saltwood, notable for Saltwood Castle. Originally a Norman castle, it was rebuilt in 1160. One winter evening 10 years later four knights, Fitzurze, de Tracy, de Moreville and le Bret, rode out from the castle for Canterbury, there to assassinate Thomas a Becket. The castle was granted to the archbishops of Canterbury by King John, but it became a royal possession, being a “gift” from Cranmer to Henry VIII. It fell into a ruinous state, but was restored in Victorian times and is now a private home, the impressive 14th-century gatehouse being the main residential part.
Nearby cities: Canterbury
Nearby towns: Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, New Romney
Nearby villages: Aldington, Alkham, Bilsington, Brabourne, Brook, Burmarsh, Coldred, Dungeness, Dymchurch, Elham, Elmsted, Hastingleigh, Hawkinge, Hinxhill, Hougham, Lydden, Lyminge, Lympne, Mersham, Paddlesworth, Postling, Romney, Sandgate, Seabrook, Sellindge, Selstead, Shorncliffe Camp, Smeeth, Stanford, Stowting, Swingfield, West Hythe, Westenhanger
Have you decided to visit Hythe or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Hythe bed and breakfast (a Hythe B&B or Hythe b and b)
- a Hythe guesthouse
- a Hythe hotel (or motel)
- a Hythe self-catering establishment, or
- other Hythe accommodation