Attractions

  • Explore Rye

    Address:
    Rye Lodge, Hilders Cliff, Rye, TN31 7LD .

    With quaint medieval and Georgian houses lining winding cobbled streets, Rye is one of the most complete medieval towns remaining in England today. A renowned centre for antiques and art galleries, you will find historic buildings, such as Rye Castle and Lamb House, open to visitors. Climb to the top of St Mary’s spire for spectacular views over the town and estuary beyond. Shopping in Rye is a delight! Rye has retained many small family owned businesses, and so you will find unique gifts and fashions here as well as many specialist shops unique to the town.

    Rye has an exceptional choice of good cafes and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. Light refreshments can be taken in oak-beamed cafes or ancient inns, beside a roaring fire in the winter. Restaurants in Rye serve many local dishes including Romney Marsh lamb, and fish freshly caught by the fleet of little fishing boats which are moored on the river. A town for all seasons, there is always plenty to see and do in Rye!

  • Lamb House

    Address:
    West Street, Rye TN31 7ES, UK .

    Lamb House was built in 1722 by James Lamb, a wealthy wine merchant and local politician. George I stayed at the house after a storm drove his ship ashore at Camber in 1726. Both the writers Henry James and E. F. Benson lived at Lamb House and it was the setting for the Benson’s fictional house, Mallards, in his book ‘Mapp and Lucia’.

    Lamb House has a walled garden, one of the largest gardens in the old town of Rye; it was designed as we see it today by a friend of Henry James called Alfred Parsons. The Campsis still climbs the wall as it did in James’ time; there are roses, lilies, spring bulbs and many herbaceous varieties bordering the lawn which ensure continuous colour and interest throughout the year.

  • Winchelsea

    Address:
    Winchelsea, UK .

    Winchelsea, the smallest town in England, stands 2 miles west of medieval Rye. A charter of 1277 fortified the town against French invaders, the town being rebuilt and laid out in grid form – the first example of town planning in England.  The Methodist, John Wesley, preached his last outdoor sermon in the town on the 7th October 1790.   Winchelsea has 56 known medieval cellars dating from the late 13th century and most were built to service the wine trade with Gascony. The cellars are open to the public during the summer months via tours which need to be booked in advance.   Today Winchelsea is an unspoilt, quiet, small town of much character well with fine views towards the coast.

  • Kino - Cinema in Rye

    Address:
    Lion Street Rye, Rye, UK .

    Kino Digital Cinema is a nice private cinema up Lion Street just before the church.  The £1.5m restoration of the Grade II listed buildings took two years to complete and it now houses two elegant cinemas and a licensed café-bar in the area in the foyer.  The two state-of-the-art screens show a mix of blockbusters and art house movies as well as live-streaming from the National Theatre.  Highly recommended!  Please click on the website below for showing times.

  • Rye Watersports

    Address:
    Camber, Rye TN31 7QS, UK .

    Book lessons in kite-surfing, sailing, windsurfing or sup-boarding at Rye Watersports, just a five minute drive away on the Camber road. Kitesurfing courses and private kitesurfing lessons run daily from end March to November from the beach at Camber Sands.  Windsurfing courses, private windsurfing lessons and dinghy sailing lessons are held at the coastal lake at the RWS centre. Informal and friendly, Rye Watersports is a BKSA and RYA approved centre.  Children taken from age seven.

  • Rye Museum

    Address:
    Rye Castle Museum - Ypres Tower, Rye, UK .

    The Ypres Tower is one of two sites of Rye Castle Museum and is a grade I listed building, believed to have been built in 1249.  Exhibits in the tower include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artefacts, activities and town maps.  From the balcony you can look over what was once one of the largest and most important harbours in the country. In the 16th century it was England’s seventh busiest port; now there is farmland where once there was sea.   The East Street Site of the museum is the main exhibit area for the Rye Castle Museum.

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Address:
    Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU, UK .

    A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Rye Harbour lies within a large triangle of land extending south from Rye.  The reserve is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland. Built on land built up by the sea over the last 500 years, there are four hides that overlook the pools formed from pits made during gravel mining. Each pool has islands that provide shelter and nesting sites for native and migrant birds all year round.   There is a paved road from the car park down to the sea, so take the bicycles!

  • Camber Sands BEACH

    Address:
    Camber Sands, United Kingdom .

    Ten minutes’ drive from The George lies Camber Sands, the longest stretch of sandy beach in East Sussex.  Camber Sands is one of the kitesurfing and windsurfing meccas in the country.  The “blue flag” beach is over 2 miles long and half-a-mile wide at low tide.  Camber Sands embraces a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and nature conservation importance.   There is a footpath from Rye to Camber Sands which takes approximately 40 minutes.

  • Camber Castle

    Address:
    Harbour Rd, Rye TN36 4JS .

    Camber Castle, also known formerly as Winchelsea Castle, is a 16th-century Device Fort, built near Rye by King Henry VIII to protect the Sussex coast of England against French attack.