Rye Castle Museum (East Street)

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

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About

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:

    • Titch-the-Witch
      Romanel, Switzerland
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      a small castle, worth visiting
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th January 2023
      We visited this museum while we were at Rye for the weekend. Although it is small, we enjoyed our visit. The exhibits were interesting and brought to life times gone by. Drop in here if you are in... Read full review
    • Andrew081
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Interesting pieces of Rye History
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th January 2023
      The Ypres Tower (c.1249) is an imposing building with views across the flat lands and out to sea (in the distance) – Rye (many years ago) was on the coast. Originally called the “Baddings Tower” the... Read full review
    • RussellG1
      Church Stretton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Compact but interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 16th January 2023
      Recently visited and was very interesting. Place isn't massive but the entry charge is only a fiver for adults and I think its a pound for kids so worth the money. Lots of interactive stuff for kids... 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

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • 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

    2023 (4 Apr 2023 - 2 Nov 2023)
    DayTimes
    Monday - FridayClosed*
    Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

    Special Offers

    • 50p off entrance price. Full details here: www.towncitycards.com

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