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Rye Things to Do

Rye and its beautiful surroundings are packed with impressive sights and warm welcomes.  Whether you're exploring the countryside or visiting the host of visitor attractions, you'll be spoilt for choice.  Just make sure that you leave time to squeeze everything in.

Tap into Rye's creative side with its wealth of independently owned galleries and studios.  Or if you're an art buff, you'll want to check ou the impressive collections of fine art and landscape photography.

Work off that fine food and wine at one of Rye's sports and leisure facilities.  Make a splash at a local swimming pool or head down to the beach for some water based activities.

Whether you're after a light lunch or a substantial supper, you'll find Rye crammed with places to satisfy every possible taste and craving.  Seafood lovers will be in their element, so make sure you don't miss out on the catch of the day.  If you just want to while away the evening next to a roaring fire nursing a fine wine or live it up with a friendly crowd, visit one of Rye's many character-filled taverns, cosy inns, music filled pubs and hotel bars.

Rye is a shopper's paradise.  Wander down cobbled side streets and stumble upon unique boutiques, antique shops, clothing stores, craft shops, bookshops and home furnishing shops.

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Rye Heritage and Information Centre

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    Rye

    Rye Heritage Centre is home to the Rye Town Model. Not just a model, but a complete sound and light show that brings to life seven hundred years of Rye's history. Invasion, murder, smuggling and Royal visits, a perfect way to start your visit to Rye.
    Audio walking tours available for hire, by day...

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    Garden

    Great Dixter House and Gardens

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    Rye

    Great Dixter, birthplace, home and passion of gardening writer the late Christopher Lloyd was built c1450 and boasts one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country. Of particular note is the antique furniture and needlework collection.

    Sir Edwin Lutyens was employed to restore...

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    Nature Reserve

    Large coastal nature reserve with a vast array of wildlife

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    Rye

    A large coastal nature reserve with shingle beaches, sandy shores at low tide, grassland, saltmarsh and reedbeds bordering lakes and pools hosting a vast array of wildlife. A network of footpaths leading throughout SSSI areas to 5 birdwatching hides - 3 of which are wheelchair accessible, plus an...

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    Cinema

    Kino

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    Rye

    A brand new, state-of-the-art 2-screen cinema, café-bar and function venue has opened its doors in Rye.

    The eagerly-awaited Kino Rye, built by Fletcher in Rye and Kino Digital, has involved a complete renovation of the Victorian buildings, the addition of modern cedar-clad extensions and a...

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    Museum

    Fire engine at Rye Castle Museum

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    RYE

    The East Street Museum was originally a bottling factory but it now houses exhibitions from Rye's history including its unique C18th fire engine. There is a display showing the changes to the coastline over the last thousand years and a shipbuilding display exhibiting many of the tools used, which...

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    Museum

    Court Hall Museum

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    Winchelsea

    A small local museum with exhibits on the ancient town of Winchelsea, the Cinque Ports and their history. Maps, coins, seals, pictures, weights and measures, local pottery, photographs and other memorabilia are all on display. Children must be accompained by an adult.  

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    Castle / Fort

    Camber Castle

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    RYE

    Camber Castle was one link in the chain of forts built along the south coast by Henry VIII. Highly symmetrical, built from Wealden and Sussex sandstone. By completion in 1544 the garrison strength was 29 men and had cost £16,000. It was abandoned in 1642 due to shingle build up and is a rare...

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    Historic House / Palace

    Lamb House National Trust

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    Rye

    An early Georgian house and walled garden which was the home of the American writer Henry James, from 1898 to 1916 and later of author, E F Benson, famous for the Mapp and Lucia stories. Several ground floor rooms are open to visitors and contain some of James' furniture, pictures and personal...

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    Beach

    Camber

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    CAMBER

    This stunning stretch of sandy beach is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Camber Sands is the perfect get-away with unspoilt views of sand and sea stretching for miles.

     

    This beach is famous for the long ridges of sand dunes leading down to miles of soft golden sands. Camber...

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    Museum

    Rye Castle, The Ypres Tower

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    RYE

    The Ypres Tower was built in 1249 to defend Rye against attacks from across the channel. It has served as a fort, private dwelling, prison, court hall and now finally as a museum.
    You can see where murderer John Breads was held prisoner, where prisoners where chained and the cells in which they...

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    Sightseeing

    Bodiam Boating

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    Newenden

    Bodiam Boating Station is situated on the River Rother in an AONB, linking the garden of England & 1066 country! Enjoy a cruise to National Trust's Bodiam Castle. Stay in our small campsite, mess about on the river in rowing boat/kayak & relax in our delightful cafe & tea garden.

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    Church / Chapel

    St Mary the Virgin

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    Rye

    Sometimes called the "cathedral of East Sussex", the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the citadel is built for over 900 years. When the building of the present church was started, early in the 12th century, the town itself and much of the...

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Restored Tahgye Steam Ppumping engine displaying its original 1904 livery

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    BREDE

    A museum of water heritage pumping machinery, mainly from the steam era. The collection comprises examples of triple expansion and compound steam pumps dating from 1889 and all capable of being demonstrated currently by compressed air, but ultimately under steam power.

    The original tall engine...

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    Gallery

    Rye art gallery exhibits

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    RYE

    Founded 50 years ago, the Rye Art Gallery, supported by the Arts Council, is one of the leading and probably unique art centres in the South East housing a permanent collection of over 550 works, mostly of contemporary artists including Paul Nash, Edward Burra, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.
    We...

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    Nature Reserve

    Entrace to Mallydams Wood

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    HASTINGS

    Mallydams Wood looks after thousands of wildlife casaulties each year therefore, because welfare of the animals is their priority, the general public is not allowed to tour the centre.
    However, supervised visits to support vocational courses or groups can be booked in advance.
    Mallydams also...

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    Waymarked Trail

    Royal Military Canal

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    NR RYE

    The scenic route this canal takes is perfect for walking and cycling. Dug by hand in the early 19th century, the canal was designed as a defence barrier on the low-lying land between Winchelsea and Hythe.

    The canal is now used by the Environment Agency to manage water levels across much of the...

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    Castle / Fort

    Bodiam Castle

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    Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge

    Climb spiral staircases, walk the battlements, discover nooks and crannies amd imagine the medieval life of this 1385 storybook castle - the best example of its type in the country.

    Learn more about it's intriguing past through the introductory film, daily medieval character talks or at our...

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    Church / Chapel

    Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

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    WINCHELSEA

    Winchelsea Methodist Chapel remains largely unchanged from its 18th century roots, when John Wesley preached there.

    Wesley visited Winchelsea several times, and his charismatic preaching is what first inspired the people of Winchelsea to build the chapel. Regular monthly services or activities...

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    Church / Chapel

    St Thomas' Church, Winchelsea

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    WINCHELSEA

    The semi-ruined St Thomas' Church is now a peaceful resting place for Spike Milligan and you can see his tombstone in the church grounds. The stone is apparently engraved with the Gaelic for 'I told you I was ill'.

    The eastern end of the church remains intact, but much of it was damaged in...

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    Church / Chapel

    St Richard's Church, Winchelsea Beach

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    Winchelsea Beach, NR RYE

    Winchelsea is home to St Richards Church, a fine example of a Sussex village church.

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Historic Itinerary

Divide your day between the two major sites bound up with the history of the Norman Invasion - Battle and Hastings.  William marched first...