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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
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    218
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    236
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Recent Reviews:

  • FionaF286
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Compact Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 6th February 2020
    Run by a trust there is a small fee to pay on entry to the castle, but well worth it. Fantastic tower and gardens, the displays are very good. Well worth a visit if in Rye. Read full review
  • Y6073MBgaryw
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Interesting small castle
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 7th February 2020
    It's not often a historical monument is only £4 to enter these days but the Rye Castle Ypres Tower is one of those rarities. Good way to spend 45min to an hour learning about the history of the area... Read full review
  • DJRDevon
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great little castle in the middle of Rye
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 18th February 2020
    Great little castle in the middle of rye, nice views from the castle and a nice little site to walk round and explore, its £4 to get in and a good way to spend half an hour! 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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