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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:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    128
  • Very Good
    144
  • Average
    35
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • chrissylenny
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fascinating museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 22nd July 2019
    We popped into Ypres Tower while staying in Rye for a few days and we are glad that we did. Whilst the tower used to be part of the defense against raids from the French, it later became the local... Read full review
  • E8887TZmartinp
    Brighton
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great views
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 6th August 2019
    Interesting 3 floors plus the women’s prison but the views are probably the best part and you don’t need to enter to get most of these from the gun terrace Read full review
  • Paul C
    Wickham Market, United Kingdom
    Better than expected
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th August 2019
    Last afternoon of holiday. Saw signs to it earlier in the week and thought it something to do as a fill in if needed. Went as a group of 4 adults and two children 7 and 5. Found it very interesting... 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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