Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)

The Gungarden, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7HH

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Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)

About

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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Guide Prices

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

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Jeannie2207
      Windsor, United Kingdom
      Ypres Tower and Gun Garden
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th September 2020
      The museum wasn't open when we were there but the tower is impressive. It was very pleasant though to walk in the adjacent Gun Garden. The views across to Camber and Dungeness are pretty good and... Read full review
    • 964mollyn
      Sweet little museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 19th June 2021
      Small but lovely. Great views from the viewing platform. Not a huge ammount to see but lots of history and charming garden Read full review
    • dave s
      Bude, United Kingdom
      Iconic historic building
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 10th July 2021
      Picturesque historic building that contains a small museum. All very interesting and well worth a visit, but you will see all there is to see within an hour. £4 to get in, or £3 if you're over 65, so... 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

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • 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 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00
    November to March (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Mar 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:30*

    * Closed Christmas Day

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

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