Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TX

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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A large coastal nature reserve with shingle beaches, sandy shores at low tide, grassland, saltmarsh and reedbeds bordering lakes and pools hosting a vast array of wildlife. A network of footpaths leading throughout SSSI areas to 5 birdwatching hides - 3 of which are wheelchair accessible, plus an information centre open throughout the year.

A fantastic new Discovery Centre is due to open in early 2021 – find out more here. This will be the first of its kind for Sussex Wildlife Trust. In the meantime a temporary visitors centre with shop has been created, selling the souvenirs and gifts pictured above. Follow the path to the reserve and bird hides, and you'll find both the temporary centre and the work-in-progress Discovery Centre. Please note there will be some accessibility restrictions due to construction work.

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Fresh air and nature therapy at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour celebrates 50 years of habitat restoration

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Recent Reviews:

  • HelpTheOcean2021
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Not environmentally friendly
    1 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 30th March 2021
    Disappointed that for somewhere so focused on nature, is ignorant enough not to have litter bins. The beach is covered in litter, and there is no surprise when there is no trash can in sight. But... Read full review
  • Julie H
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Crabbing!!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th April 2021
    Great fun for all. Buy the crabbing kits from the local shop, smelly bacon bait works brilliantly, drop the nets over the side of the harbour (weigh down nets with a few stones if needed) and enjoy... Read full review
  • SergioR1
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nature reserve
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th April 2021
    Nice walk on a sunny day. Plenty of photo opportunities to catch wildlife and beach scenes. We are looking forward to coming back after mid May when the new visitor centre opens. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A259. From Rye turn left off A259 towards Rye Harbour. Follow the road round until reaching the large car park on the right. Entrance to reserve is opposite the car park.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Rye. Bus 325 from station drops off close to reserve entrance or follow footpath signs from turning off A259 towards Rye Harbour.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop systems in bird hides and information centre.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible - Motorised scooters hired out at Reserve - contact Chris on 07884 494 982

Catering

  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 10

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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