Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)

The Gungarden, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7HH

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Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)


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 were incarcerated. You can see a smugglers lantern, and a model that shows the changes to the Romney Marsh coastline and the defences against Napoleon.

From the balcony you can look out across the Marsh and view of what was once one of the most important harbours in the country.

Make sure you visit the East Street Museum too (open April to October, free entry).

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£4.00 per ticket
Concessions£3.00 per ticket
Under 16sFree

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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
      Trip Type:
      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

    Located in the town, nearest main roads are the A249 and the A268.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest railway station is Rye.Rye is also on many bus routes



    • Guide Dogs Permitted

    Payment Methods

    • Groups Accepted
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    April to October (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00
    November to March (1 Jan 2025 - 31 Mar 2025)
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:30*

    * Closed Christmas Day

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

    What's Nearby

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