It was one of the original five members of the Cinque Ports.
The Royal Military Canal, built as a defence between Hythe and Rye in the Napoeonic period and completed in 1806, divides the seaside resort from the old town. There were also three Martello towers built during the same period.
St. Leonard`s Church has a 13th century chancel rising thirteen steps above the nave. In the crypt is a most unusual collection of thousands of skulls and thighbones. Only Rothwell in Northamptonshire has anything similar.
Lionel Lukin, inventor of the self righting lifeboat, is buried in the church.
Hythe is the terminus of the popular narrow - gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.