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“Day trip to Hythe (Picnic!)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hythe Ferry

Hythe Ferry
Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ, England
44 2380 840722
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Ranked #11 of 159 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This scheduled ferry service operates every half hour between Southampton's Town Quay and Hythe Pier, passing by Ocean Terminal that is home of the QE2.
Kettering, United Kingdom
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“Day trip to Hythe (Picnic!)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Had a great day out at Hythe. Ferry journey was quick and fairly priced (5.30 return per adult) - make sure you have change for the pay machines! We loved the old ferry :-) Take your camera as if theres a cruise ship in you get a nice view.

At the other end (Hythe) your ticket gives you free travel on the train which goes up and down the long pier, but if the weathers nice just walk it (or at least one leg of the journey). Well worth it.

All in all, I would recommend the ferry option over driving if your just planning on staying or visiting Hythe for the day. Just a few things to note:

Make sure you note the first and last ferry times (different on weekends/bank holidays) and where you are getting it from - we turned up 30 minutes early and then noticed the first ferry is from Hythe side of the Southampton water!

There is parking at the end of the pier (Southampton side) next to where the ferry goes from (same terminal as IoW red jet). Think is was just over £1 per hour - about the going rate around Southampton.

Visited May 2012
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Edinburgh
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“Lovely Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We took the trip on the ferry and had lunch across in Hythe. It is very good value and the staff are very enthusiastic and proud of the ferry and train. The train trip along the Hythe pier is included in the price. Hythe has a village like feel totally different from the main city. I really hope the ferry and pier manage to obtain enough finance to survive as it is unique and deserves to be preserved in working condition.

Visited May 2012
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Southampton,Hampshire
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“I love Hythe Ferry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Hythe Ferry is an old tradition which has to be kept going, with its marvellous little train taking you down all the way to the end of the peir !

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“Local secret that is exceptional value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

This little privately-owned ferry company is actually a well known local secret. It is a serious commuter service between Southampton and Hythe village, so it's best to avoid at peak commuter times, but for a fraction of the price of a holidaymaker's boat trip down Southampton Water you can see exactly the same things. Travelling from Southampton (near the Red Funnel depot) you can cross to Hythe. With luck there'll be one or two liners in or near the old Titanic dock during the twenty minute trip, and at Hythe there are some charming little boutique shops, as well as pavement cafes and waterside pubs. Travelling the other way - from Hythe Village to Southampton - you have a choice of walking the long pier to the jetty (great on a nice day as there is lots to see) or taking the little Edwardian train - which I believe is the oldest one in the world still in regular daily work and a treat in itself. Catch the ferry to Southampton (you may be very lucky and go on a day when the old wartime 'Hotspur' is giving modern ferry a rest). The ferry is met by an excellent free bus service from the ferry terminal to either West Quay Shopping Mall, or on to the Station for services to London or the West country. As far as parking is concerned it's marginally better to go from Hythe as there are good parking facilities nearby - whereas in Southampton parking close to the ferry is a bit 'pot luck' as the car parks there are generally full and expensive. If you prefer history to shopping, a short walk from the Southampton Hythe Ferry terminal you can tour the ancient city walls of Southampton, see where the Mayflower moored up to take the Pilgrim Fathers to America, the old West Gate through which our armies passed en route to Agincourt and many other attractions such as the Tudor House (complete with ghosts). In short, you can make this a short return trip across the water lasting an hour or so, or a day's outing going in either direction, for a very small amount of money.

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“A ferry good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The Hythe Ferry will get you over to Southampton in less than 15 minutes whereas by road it takes much longer. You even can take the little train up the pier rather than walk.




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