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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 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).

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
    221
  • Very Good
    237
  • Average
    60
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    3

Recent Reviews:

  • Colin H
    Ryde, United Kingdom
    Fascinating place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
    When we visited the museum we were greeted by a very friendly chap who gave us a brief run down on the building. There are 3 levels to explore with some interesting items to look at, especially the... Read full review
  • 318tonyg318
    Cricklade, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Well worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th March 2020
    A small museum standing in an old fortified tower on ancient sea cliffs above the original Rye Harbour. Good all round views from top of the tower. Due to coastal change the sea is now visible some... Read full review
  • Peter T
    History... on the cheap!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th April 2020
    We came upon this sweet little corner of history after a steep climb from the road below that circles the Town. With entrance at only £4.00, it can only be described as an incredible bargain... 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 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00
November to March (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Mar 2021)
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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