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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

    Town Model

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    Rye

    Housed in a converted 19th century sail loft, Rye Heritage Centre houses the Rye Town Model ‘Story of Rye’ Sound and Light Show, a vintage, hand built 1:100 scale model of Victorian Rye that uses dramatic sound and light effects to bring to life 700 years of Rye’s rich history and folklore. 

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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

    Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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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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    Special Interest

    Legend, wizards

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    Rye

    Magic, Monsters and Mystery are all here in this unique immerse interactive family wizarding fantasy show. Using actors, masks, puppets and soundscapes, this experience is something that they will be talking about for years. Ages 7 and upwards, tickets must be bought from the website before coming...

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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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    Sightseeing

    Bodiam Boating

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    Newenden

    Affordable, fun family days out. Tranquil river cruises to Nat Trust Bodiam Castle. Mess about on the river in kayak/rowing boat/canoe/SUP. Stay in our small campsite; campfires encouraged. Enjoy hearty breakfast, lunch (speciality Spanish Tapas) or afternoon tea in our licensed café & garden....

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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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    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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    Historic House / Palace

    Lamb House

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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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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Brede Steam Engine Society - The Giants of Brede

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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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    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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    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, Story of Bodiam exhibition or at our year...

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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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