Camber Castle

Rye Harbour Road, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7TD

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Camber Castle


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 example of a Henrician fort surviving in its original plan. Now 2 miles from the sea.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£3.00 per ticket
Child FREEFree
Concessions£1.50 per ticket
EH Members/Friends of Rye HarbourFree

Note: Prices are a guide only. For further information please visit the website.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • oldtrouthampshire
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Hard to find, and not worth the effort
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th September 2021
      Accessed over unsigned and unclear footpaths across grazing land. Not open when supposed to be open. Not much by way of information boards either. Quite disappointing. Read full review
    • B9178KYpeterh
      Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Pleased to See it up close !
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 20th April 2022
      On the southern walk towards Winchelsea from Rye Harbour you would not know it existed ! If you divert from the coast and take the inland paths, you get a glimpse of it tucked away at low level in... Read full review
    • Greg1717
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Cute, Flat: Check it’s Open!
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 19th June 2022
      About 30mins walk from Rye docks across flat, open shrubland (there are no signs, but you can see it from some distance!), this small octagonal castle is worth having a look at, but it’s gated for... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A259. From Rye turn left off A259 towards Rye Harbour village. Park in 1st car park on right-hand side of road at Brede Lock. Walk 1 mile through fields to castle along footpath.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Rye. head towards Rye Harbour, follow footpaths to castle from Brede Lock.



    • Guide Dogs Permitted

    Payment Methods

    • Groups Accepted - Educational group visits only.
    • Max group size - 30
    • Min group size - 10
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

    Provider Preferences

    • In countryside
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    Summer - Walking Tour to include entry to Castle (4 July 2024 - 27 Sept 2024)
    Monday - FridayClosed*
    Saturday - Sunday14:00 - 17:00*
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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