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Rye

Rye is a medieval town in East Sussex with historic roots and charm which make it a popular destination for visitors. The cobbled lanes reveal beautifully preserved Medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings some of which have opened their doors as restaurants, pubs and tea rooms.

Enjoy beautiful views from the tower of St Mary’s ChurchWinchelsea to the west, the meeting point of the rivers Rother and Tillingham, the terracotta roofs and the secret passages- no wonder it’s Rye is referred to as a medieval gem!

Art and photography galleries show there is a flourishing creative community- Rye holds one of the Top 10 small festivals in the country- Rye Arts Festival. The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve attracts walkers and takes visitors through miles of shingle beaches, grassland and salt marsh bordering lakes and pools with a variety of wildlife.

The town is small enough to be able to explore in a day and interesting enough to make you go back for more.

Things To Do

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

The coastal nature reserve covers miles of footpaths to explore with birdwatching hides some of which are wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. The area is a home to an incredible variety of species with about 300 of them recorded rare or endangered in Britain. Feel free to bring your four-legged friend and enjoy the amazing wildlife whilst walking beside the sea.

The School of Wizards and Witches

Welcome to a world of goblins, evil witches, monsters, dragons and all things magic. This is a storytelling theatre where everyone from the age of 7 and above can experience a thrilling adventure. The shows are bookable in advance and offer visitors the chance to interact with the characters, whilst solving puzzles, gathering treasures and outwitting monsters.

Rye Heritage Centre

Be sure to make Rye Heritage Centre your first stop where you can experience the ‘Town Model Sound and Light show’ which takes you back through 700 years of history. The staff are passionate about the town they live in and very knowledgeable. You can book the Guided tour or pick up an audio guide to help you explore the town.

Ypres Town Museum

The Ypres Tower is believed to have been built around the 14th century as part of the town’s defences when it was one of the largest harbours in the country and England’s seventh busiest port. Through its nice centuries of history, the tower has been used as a private home, prison, mortuary and museum. Open to visitors all year round, with improved displays and exhibitions, the tower offers spectacular views from the balcony especially on a clear sunny day.

St Mary’s Church

The church dominates the hill on which the town stands offering wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and Winchelsea. The tower is open to visitors all year, weather permitting, for a small fee.

Eat

Tuscan Kitchen Rye

A family run restaurant serving authentic dishes from the Tuscan region. Groups of six or more will be offered the tasting menu which includes fantastic selection of antipasti, meal and fish dishes and vegetarian options for the group to share. Located just a few minutes from the cinema, you are welcome to pop in for dinner pre or post performance or just stop by for a glass of wine.

Landgate Bistro

Ranked as the best restaurant in Rye for the sixth consecutive year, the Landgate Bistro serves classic and modern British food prepared using local ingredients from Sussex and Kent. Try the lamb which has a unique flavour or the game that have roamed the woodlands and the fields in the area.  The set lunch and dinner menus on selected days are a great value for money so do stop by when in Rye.

The Standard Inn

This 15th century pub is one of the most popular pubs in Rye which welcomes locals and visitors. The décor is traditional revealing beautiful beams and open fires which are perfect to sit by on a cold evening. There’s a varied wine list as well as a great selection of craft beers, local ales including a very own Standard Inn Farmer Ale. Food is delicious too- fish caught in Rye and lamb from the Salt Marshes.

The Fig

Fantastic independent café serving fresh food and locally roasted coffee in a contemporary setting. Stop by for breakfast/brunch or lunch- you won’t be disappointed with the choice of meat and veggie options on the menu.

The Cobbles Tea Room

A quaint tea room with friendly staff and delicious scones! Hidden away down a cobbled mews, you will receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff who will ensure you and your four- legged friend are well looked after.  Visitors love the cakes and chocolate brownies especially when enjoyed in the little courtyard.

Drink

The Horse and Cart Inn

This Grade II listed pub located just 3 miles from Rye is known for its friendly and welcoming hospitality and seasonal food and local suppliers of beer and cider. The staff are polite, service quick and there’s some delicious food on offer. The garden is the perfect spot on a sunny day with hats and sun cream provided! Being dog friendly as well, this is the perfect spot to stop by after a nice walk in the area. Highly recommended!

Rye Waterworks Micropub

The Rye Waterworks is the first Micropub to open in South East Sussex serving the regulars and new visitors eight local ales and four local ciders as well as a selection of wines and gins. The building was originally a water pump house for 300 years which has been opened as a feature within the pub. Whether you are stopping for a quick drink or attending one of the events, you will receive a warm welcome!

The Plough

Stop by for a drink in this quintessential English country pub with stunning views over the Brede valley with the sea in the distance. Popular for its fresh fish landed in Rye and Hastings daily as well as lamb and beef from the Romney marsh.

Olde Worlde Wines

A fantastic wine bar in the hearth of Rye where you can enjoy a selection of wines from across the globe. At weekends you have the option to not only explore the candlelit cellar but also to join the wine tasting events taking place. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will find yourself in a relaxed atmosphere and will be looked after a knowledgeable staff.

Knoops

Purveyors of the finest hot chocolate – this is a must for chocolate lovers! There are fantastic varieties of chocolate to choose from so be prepared to be delighted! They are known for their amazing milkshakes too- so make sure you pop in to try the delights on offer.

Getting Here

By Car:

Head south east on the M25 and follow signs for A21 towards Sevenoaks and Hastings and then take the A268 to Fishmarket Rd/ A259 in Rye. Journey time will be approximately an hour from the A21.

By Coach:

From London Victoria Coach station, take the National Express coach to Hastings with an approximate journey of 2 1/2 hours. From Hastings take the 100 -the Wave bus to Rye with a journey of about 40 min.

By Train:

Trains from London St Pancras International run every hour- change at Ashford International for the Southern service to Rye- a 70 min journey in total.

Nearest Airports:

If landing at London Gatwick, trains to the South East coast running every hour will take you to Rye in just under 2 hours. If arriving at London Heathrow, you will need to travel to Paddington and take the Underground to London St Pancras International and change at Ashford International for Rye.

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