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:

  • JEP253
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Lovely
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 17th August 2020
    Beautiful building and location, surrounded by old cobbled streets and houses, pretty garden on its own hill with models of cannons. Well worth the time of visiting if you are in the area. Read full review
  • mele71
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 12th September 2020
    Been to Rye loads of times and never knew about this place, stumbled upon it, worth a visit and stunning views , great history Read full review
  • 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

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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