Welcome to Hythe & Dibden

Hythe is the hidden gem of the New Forest towns. Nestling between the New Forest and Southampton Water, its varied coastline offers fascinating views of one of the world’s busiest ports.

People visit Hythe for many reasons - to shop in one of the many independently owned shops or to enjoy a drink or a meal in one of its excellent cafés, pubs or restaurants. But what visitors enjoy most of all are the unrivalled views of the water and the beautiful cruise liners arriving in the port of Southampton. You can stroll along the beautiful and diverse waterfront, or you can just sit and enjoy the ever changing vista.

Throughout the year visitors are attracted by the  Markets. The Tuesday Street Market is  every week in the High St and has stalls selling flowers, olives, locally sourced meat, local preserves and chutneys, photographs, fabrics, baked good, fruit and veg, plants, fresh fish, and  jewelry among other things.  Occasional specialty markets such as the 'France at Home', 'Italia in Piazza' and the Bank Holiday Monday Arts, Craft, Vintage and Collectibles Market. On the last Saturday of November is the hugely popular Mistletoe Fayre.

There has been a ferry crossing between Hythe and Southampton since at least 1575. The 640 metre long pier was completed in 1881 and the electric railway and train were introduced in 1922. It is now the world’s oldest pier train. There is a half hourly ferry service to Southampton from the end of the pier and the 15 minute trip allows you to get ‘up close and personal’ with all the latest cruise liners.

In the early part of the 20th century, flying boats were built and operated from what is now Hythe Marine Park. T E Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, worked at the British Power Boat Company and lived in the house in Shore Rd recognised with a Blue Plaque. The hovercraft, invented by Sir Christopher Cockerell - who lived in Hythe until he died - was also developed here and there is a Memorial to the Hovercraft in the gardens of The Grove adjacent to the original test slipway.

In the area now known as the Waterside, Hythe is the central village of numerous small communities now vastly expanded by dormitory housing serving the petrochemical industries in the Waterside as well as the City of Southampton. Hythe with its sister communities of Dibden and Dibden Purlieu are part of the Parish of Hythe and Dibden.