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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 smuggers 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).

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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    216
  • Very Good
    232
  • Average
    60
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    3

Recent Reviews:

  • Simonfromhants
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Interesting museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th November 2019
    A small but well stocked museum housed in the old Ypres tower. Exhibits show the history of the tower and of Rye and its inhabitants. Recommend. Read full review
  • SKB627
    Illinois
    Nice little museum and castle
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 25th November 2019
    I was pleased with this museum! Reasonable entry and very interesting and interactive exhibits. The man selling tickets allowed me to leave my small suitcase with him as I explored. (I was just... Read full review
  • Squid58
    Bosham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Ok on a rainy afternoon
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 27th November 2019
    Very friendly and helpful staff member. Ok museum for history fans. The view from the top would have been good if it hadn’t been a wet November afternoon! 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

November to March (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:30*
April to October (1 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

* Closed Christmas Day

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

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