Join us for a short ferry trip from Southampton’s Town Quay across Southampton Water to the town of Hythe where we will ride on the World’s oldest Pier Train, walk around the marina and visit the small village centre.
You can catch the U1C bus from Highfield Interchange to town quay, where we will take the ferry to Hythe. The 12.56 U1C bus from Highfield Interchange will get you to Town Quay in time. If you don’t have a bus pass, you will need money for the bus fare to Town Quay (Adult single £2 / Dayrider £3.50 / Child single £1.50 / Child dayrider £2.50)
Meet the group at Town Quay at 1:40pm. You will need to bring money for the return ferry fare of £7.00 standard adult fare (or £19 family ticket – 2 adults, 2 children, or 1 adult 3 children). Please bring exact change in coins, as we have to buy the tickets from a machine which does not take notes. Alternatively, you can bring debit or credit card, as the machine does take cards. We will catch the 2.00pm ferry to Hythe so please arrive at Town Quay by 1.40pm to allow time to buy tickets.
Arriving at Hythe Pier, we will board the World’s Oldest Pier Train (official Guinness World Record) and after the short ride of 640 metres (2,100 feet) you will have travelled along one of the ten longest piers in the British Isles.
In Hythe, we will have walk around the village then stop for ice creams/coffee/snacks (please bring some money if you would like to buy any of these) before returning to Southampton via the pier train and ferry. There are ferries at 10 past and 20 to each hour eg 5.10pm, 5.40pm and 6.10pm, so you can return with the group, or return a little later if you wish.
Places are limited to a total of 20 people, and must be booked in advance via eventbrite. Children must be 6 years or older to join us for this trip and are the responsibility of their parent/guardian at all times.
We would suggest you have your lunch before you come; but there is a small supermarket, and a fish & chip shop in Hythe if you want to buy a snack there, as well as a couple of cafes.
Background History of Hythe
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.
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.