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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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£3.00 per ticket
Concession ticket£2.50 per ticket
Joint with Rye Castle Museum£5.00 per ticket
Joint with Rye Castle MuseumFree
Joint with Rye Castle Museum£4.00 per ticket
Under 16 yearsFree

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
    211
  • Very Good
    228
  • Average
    60
  • Poor
    10
  • Terrible
    3

Recent Reviews:

  • GurpalLondon_England
    London, England
    Worth visiting
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    It is worth visiting as this place has been used for several things; prison, police station, mortuary and was the first to hold women prisoners. Lots to read and see. £4 to get in. Read full review
  • BBimbo
    London, United Kingdom
    A bit of History
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 23rd August 2019
    In surprisingly good condition. Smaller than expected but we forget that people were smaller in those times. Important for the defence of Hastings Read full review
  • 188shanan
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Surprisingly had interesting information
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 30th August 2019
    Not very big but contained lots of information. Children enjoyed being able to try pulling an arrow and lifting swords. Cannons were fantastic and the view from the top was beautiful. Great thing... 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

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020)
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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