The small town of Hythe has a small shopping area clustered around the High Street, which includes a supermarket, public library and small independent shops. The Hythe Pier, Railway and Ferry operates across Southampton Water to Southampton, and is the oldest working pier train in the world.

Hythe's position makes it a good place to view ocean liners arriving and departing the Port. It has a marina with a large number of yachts and boats moored outside upmarket houses overlooking the waterside.