Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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

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Shingle and salt Marsh at Rye Harbour


A large coastal nature reserve with a mosaic of shingle beaches, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, grassland, scrub, gravel pits and reedbeds hosting a great diversity of wildlife. Our flowers are at their best from late May to July, but our birdlife is varied all year round and changes each month. A network of footpaths throughout the nature reserve gives easy access to many seats and 5 birdwatching hides - 4 of which are wheelchair accessible, plus the new Discovery Centre with its great views, warm welcome, informative displays, education facilities, shop, café and toilets.

Visit by train from Rye and walk ten minutes to the north part of the reserve, or catch a bus or taxi to Rye Harbour village to visit the coastal section, which is also easy to explore with pushchairs, wheelchairs or bikes.

Find out much more about the reserve by visiting - https://www.visit1066country.com/things-to-do/rye-harbour-nature-reserve-p60043


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    Recent Reviews:

    • Ancient-trekkers
      Gillingham, United Kingdom
      Tranquil Nature Reserve...
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 21st June 2021
      Went with family and spent 2/3 hours in Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Easy to find and plenty of free car parking available. The sea air and breeze made for a very pleasant walk along the well... Read full review
    • NewtonAbbotMed
      Newton Abbot
      Great way to experience a variety of habitats
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 7th July 2021
      Spent a happy couple of days wandering around the reserve. All good and interesting - however, it was tricky to navigate in places, came up against a lot of 'private' do not not come onto our land... Read full review
    • angelafarrance
      Hastings, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Nature Walks
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 12th July 2021
      A great place for walking, very flat, you can walk to the beach or enjoy the birds through the viewing areas, we live quite nearby and it’s one of our favourite places to enjoy, there is a new nature... 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 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


    • 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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