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.
We will catch the U1 bus from Highfield Interchange to town quay, where we will take the ferry. Meet at Highfield Interchange by 1.10pm to catch the 1.16pm bus (or you can meet us directly at town quay if you prefer just after 1:45pm). You will need money for the bus fare (Adult single £2 / Dayrider £3.50 / Child single £1.50 / Child dayrider £2.50), and also 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. This will give us enough time to buy tickets, and to then catch the 2.15pm ferry to Hythe.
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 icecreams/snacks on the promenade (please bring some money if you would like to buy an icecream) before returning to Southampton via the pier train and ferry. There are ferries at 5.10pm, 5.40pm, 6.10pm, 6.40pm and 7.10pm, 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. (Booking will open on eventbrite on 22 April) 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.