Rye Castle Museum (East Street)

3 East Street, RYE, EAST SUSSEX, TN31 7JY

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Rye Castle Museum exterior in East Sussex


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 includes models of ships built.

Many visitors are especially interested in the wooden Tunbridge ware, the tobacco pipes and the examples of pottery made in Rye for which the town was famous.

There are also several paintings showing the changes in Rye, its rivers and harbour over the past few centuries.

Make sure you visit the Ypres Tower too.

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Guide Prices

Entrance is free but donations are appreciated.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • ch p
      Hidden Gem!!
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 1st September 2023
      We visited this castle museum 31/08/23 and it is FAB. Such a gem to find. We paid £10 to get in which we didn’t think was bad at all. Kids all went free. There was lots of information about the... Read full review
    • GraemeA269
      Worthing, United Kingdom
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      A bit of an expensive letdown
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 26th September 2023
      My wife and I visited Rye, we went to Lam House, the Church and a number of other places. We paid £4 each to go up the Church Tower which was really worth while to see across the town. We then went... Read full review
    • therichastill
      Stevenage, United Kingdom
      Stunning Views
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 1st April 2024
      Rye was originally one of the Cinque Ports. You can see that the original town is situated on a hill and was surrounded by water and marshland. Over the years the land has been reclaimed and now has... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major roads are the A259 and the A268. Located in town, signposted.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest rail station is Rye. Straight ahead into town, left into High Street, 2nd right into East Street.On many bus routes



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Establishment Features

    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 02:30
    • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.None.
    • Max group size - 40
    • Min group size - 8
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • No Smoking Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    2024 (4 Apr 2024 - 2 Nov 2024)
    Monday - FridayClosed*
    Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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