18 Canterbury – Hythe

Canterbury - Hythe

Embark on the gem of a journey through the best of the Garden of England on the 18 bus, where majestic historical significance in Canterbury combines with quiet hamlets, coastal charm in Hythe, and the enchanting Romney Marsh, offering a tapestry of captivating scenery, picturesque villages, and the nostalgic adventure of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway.

Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour, 2 minutes

Route Frequency:

3 journeys daily to/from Hythe Station, 5 between Canterbury and Hythe Red Lion Square

Starting point:

Canterbury Bus Station (Bay C5)

How to get here

Journey fact:

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is the world’s smallest public railway. This narrow-gauge steam railway has a track gauge of just 15 inches and stretches for 13.5 miles, providing a unique and charming way to explore the beautiful coastal scenery of Hythe and its surrounding areas.

Journey Overview

Majestic historical significance in Canterbury, combines with quintessentially quiet hamlets and the coastal charm of Hythe, the gateway to the atmospheric Romney Marsh – the 18 bus, is a gem of a journey through the best of the Garden of England. Sumptuous sightseeing to narrow gauge steam railways – this is a truly memorable feast with plenty to explore and adventures to be enjoyed!

As the  bus embarks on its journey from Canterbury, customers are treated to a tapestry of captivating scenery that unfolds. The bus weaves through picturesque villages and rural landscapes, starting with the quaint village of Lower Hardres. Here, charming cottages with thatched roofs are nestled amidst rolling green fields dotted with grazing livestock.

Continuing on, the bus passes through Bossingham, a serene village enveloped by a canopy of trees. The road then winds its way through Stelling Minnis, where lush meadows and expansive fields stretch as far as the eye can see. The peacefulness of this rural setting is further enhanced as the bus passes through Wheelbarrow Town and Rhodes Minnis, where nature reigns supreme.

As the journey progresses, the bus reaches the village of Lyminge, with its ancient church and bucolic surroundings. The landscape transitions to reveal the enchanting Sandling Rail Station, nestled amidst verdant woodlands and accompanied by the gentle babbling of a nearby stream.

The bus then meanders through Saltwood, a village graced with picturesque cottages and charming gardens. Finally, as the journey nears its end, the bus arrives at Hythe Red Lion Square, a bustling town centre filled with vibrant shops and cafes.

The grand finale awaits at Hythe Station, where the iconic Romney Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway awaits passengers. The scene is filled with a sense of nostalgia and adventure, as the train’s vintage charm blends seamlessly with the natural beauty that has unfolded throughout the entire journey.

A Fab Day Out!

Embarking on a trip on the 18 bus from Canterbury to Hythe offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the charming countryside and coastal beauty of Kent. Starting in Canterbury, a city steeped in history, make sure to visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city center, stroll along the medieval city walls, and discover the hidden gems tucked away in its narrow streets.

As the bus departs, the first stop on your journey is Nackington, a quaint village known for its idyllic countryside and charming cottages. Take a leisurely walk along the Nackington Road, surrounded by scenic landscapes and lush greenery.

Continuing your journey, the bus will pass through Lower Hardres, a village renowned for its picturesque countryside and traditional pubs. Enjoy a refreshing drink and soak in the peaceful atmosphere before moving on to Bossingham, a delightful hamlet with charming houses and a tranquil ambiance.

Next on the route is Stelling Minnis, a rural village surrounded by stunning landscapes. Take a moment to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and perhaps indulge in a picnic amidst the rolling hills.

The bus then passes through Wheelbarrow Town, a small community known for its idyllic setting. Take a peaceful stroll through the village, admire the traditional architecture, and relish the serene surroundings.

As the journey continues, Rhodes Minnis comes into view, offering picturesque countryside and peaceful walking trails. Enjoy a leisurely hike and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area.

Next, you’ll arrive at Lyminge, a village with a rich historical heritage. Explore St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to the 7th century, and visit Lyminge Abbey, an important archaeological site. Take a leisurely walk along the Lyminge Trail, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

The bus then reaches Sandling, an area known for its natural beauty and proximity to the River Stour. Enjoy a peaceful riverside walk, take in the scenic views, and appreciate the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Continuing the journey, the bus passes through Saltwood, a picturesque village with a historic castle. Visit Saltwood Castle, dating back to the 12th century, and explore its grounds and gardens.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Hythe, a charming coastal town. Explore the picturesque Hythe Canal, stroll along the vibrant High Street with its independent shops and cafes, and visit the Hythe Beach for a relaxing seaside experience. Don’t miss a trip on the famous Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, a miniature steam railway that offers stunning views along the coast.

The trip on the 18 bus from Canterbury to Hythe promises a delightful experience, with opportunities to explore historic landmarks, enjoy picturesque landscapes, and savour the coastal charm of Kent.

Gateway to the 18

By train on high speed services from London St. Pancras International to Canterbury East, which is 7 minutes walk to the Bus Station. Alternatively, from London Victoria to Canterbury East or London Charing Cross or Waterloo East to Canterbury West (and fascinating 25 minute walk through the City).

By Megabus from Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to Canterbury Bus Station.

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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

Canterbury Cathedral


Hythe beach

Hythe & Dymchurch Railway


Canterbury Bus Station

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