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. For further information please visit the website.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • tattooedprincess1990
      Lydd, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Really good
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 8th August 2022
      Very nice place to go. Good price too. Very friendly and informative staff. some parts closed off to public so would be nice to see that open in the future to be able to explore even more in to Ryes... Read full review
    • JFMARTIN1
      Alabama
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Museum pieces rusting!!!!
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 12th August 2022
      Yesterday we visited Rye, Sussex. A place Mum had not been to in about a decade. It is an amazing town to visit with so much history to see. One of the places of interest we visited was the Castle... Read full review
    • Caroline L
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Well worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 29th August 2022
      Admission is £4 for adults, and quite a few people were knocking around when I went in - in fact, the town was thronged. Double whammy of the bank holiday weekend and the jazz festival, combined with... 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 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00
    November to March (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Mar 2023)
    DayTimes
    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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