Camber Castle

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

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Camber Castle

About

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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Guide Prices

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 and may change on a daily basis.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • hseal45
      London, United Kingdom
      Magnificent ruin steeped in history
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 15th August 2021
      Access to this castle is only by foot or cycle, as in the middle of a farmers field around 2 miles from the nearest road. Wear sensible shoes / boots as some of the access paths can be quite muddy... Read full review
    • kcrane2016
      Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
      Only opens once a year to the public
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 30th August 2021
      We walked 2.50 miles each way to see the castle but then found out that is only opens once a year to the public. Really ti is just a shell Read full review
    • oldtrouthampshire
      portsmouth
      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

    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.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • 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 2022 - 27 Sept 2022)
    DayTimes
    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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