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A Quick Trip to Hythe

Once a quiet coastal market town on the edge of the infinite Romney Marsh, Hythe has started to shake off its sleepy persona, embracing a cooler seaside flair while holding onto the best of its sweet originality. 

Known for its quaint high street lined with boutiques, traditional shops, pubs, cafés and bistros, Hythe also boasts a seafront promenade, stretching pebble beach and picturesque canal. Originally known as one of the sleepier Kentish seaside towns, oozing tradition and a quiet, reserved charm, today Hythe continues to undergo an inspiring renaissance. Recently appearing as the setting for Netflix’s Back to Life, the town has seen an upsurge of intrigued visitors flocking to witness the town’s beauty and charisma first hand. 

On blustery days the waves famously foam and roar over Hythe’s huge bay, which offers ample space for those looking to sit on the beach. On still evenings flooded with orange sunsets, Hythe Bay makes the perfect place for evening picnics and scenic strolls. If packing up a picnic doesn’t suit, The Waterfront Restaurant and Cocktail Bar offers a seafront stage to witness all the ocean’s glory. If you are searching for a more sheltered spot to enjoy food, cocktails and more, Sunshine BBQ and Wine Bar sits on the high street serving authentic Turkish cuisine using only the finest local ingredients in the open-grill kitchen.

Start your day with a strong coffee and a fresh and tasty breakfast at Nutmeg Café, a sweet spot on the high street. Also serving delectable light lunches and supreme cakes that make for the perfect pairing with a comforting cup of tea, a trip to Nutmeg Café is ideal for lazy mornings with a book or chatting with your fellow travel companions. After exploring all the treasures on the high street, including gems such as Pixie’s of Hythe Boutique, a brilliant clothes boutique, and WOW Hythe, a delightful gift shop, there are plenty of activities and places to visit in the surrounding countryside. Hugely popular with vegans and vegetarians, Root Hythe is perfect for not only enjoying delicious fresh produce in the café, but also stocking up on gorgeous groceries to take home with you for cooking up a divine feast.

Brockhill Country Park is a spectacular trip on sunny days, with plenty to see and do including a central lake, open grassland and meadows, picnic area, play area and refreshments at the Brockhill Café. The park itself is rich in wildlife, including marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops. It is also a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. Another brilliant outdoor adventure comes in the form of Port Lympne Reserve, which offers everything from animal experiences and safaris to afternoon tea. On rainy days, The Ossuary and Crypt at St Leonard’s Church, which lies in an enthralling spot underneath the high street and church, is an intriguing experience for history buffs, children and those who crave a sense of mystery. Housing the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human skulls and bones in Britain, this collection consists of shelves in four arched bays containing 1,000 skulls in total. The real mystery lies in who these people were, with theories ranging from those that died in the Battle of Hastings to Danish pirates. 

For those looking for an extra-indulgent experience in Hythe, visit Hythe Imperial Health Club and Spa which not only offers a myriad of spa treatments but is also home to lagoon-like pool for serene moments to really unwind in.  

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