The Hythe, Colchester

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The Hythe is a former industrial area to the south of Colchester located on the banks of the River Colne. It was a busy port and shipbuilding area. Today the area is being developed with residential accommodation, shops and restaurants. Among the post industrial landscape and warehouses you'll find a few picturesque highlights and several spots of historical interest. It is serviced by a small branch line railway station called Hythe Colchester which is the closest station to the nearby University of Essex.

A main focal point of The Hythe is the TS Colne Lightship moored on King Edward Quay. Now home to the Colchester Sea Cadets, this Lightship is a former Trinity House Light Vessel, dating from 1953. It opens to the public on occasion for various events, and can be clearly seen close-up from the riverside.

The other notable highlight in the area is the Church of St Leonard-at-the-Hythe.

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Map & Directions


Road Directions

Take the A134  south towards The Hythe

Public Transport Directions

Take bus 61, 62 or 66 from Colchester Town Centre.

The Hythe


Colchester, Essex