The Area

Mermaid Street


  Rye itself is a charming town with quaint cobbled streets and many beautiful medieval buildings and has a large range of bookshops, antique shops and galleries, together with many local amenities and restaurants.
Rye is one of the Cinque ports and grew from a
small fishing community to a major trading port in the 13thC. It was almost completely devastated by fire in the 14thC but 3 years later a town wall was built to protect Rye, of which a small section still remains in Cinque Port Street together with Landgate and Ypres Tower.

In 18thC Rye became known for its smuggling and the famous 'Hawkhurst Gang'. Rye is no longer by the sea but Camber Sands and Winchelsea beach are within a short drive and there is an indoor swimming pool close to the cottage in Rope Walk.
There are many historical attractions in the area such as Battle Abbey, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Scotney Castle and Dover Castle as well as many local walks.

Camber Sands

Church Square


Where to go in Rye, East Sussex

Rye Heritage Centre - Rye Castle Museum - Rye Art Gallery - Lamb House - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Camber Castle - Cinque Ports Pottery - Court Hall Museum Winchelsea - Great Dixter House & Gardens Northiam - St Thomas' Church Winchelsea.


Events in Rye

January / February - Rye Winter Festival - Rye Bay Scallops Festival

May - Rye Mayor Making Ceremony and Throwing of Hot Pennies - Rye in Bloom Plant Fair

September - Rye Arts Festival

November - Rye Bonfire Night and Classic Car Spectacular


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