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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

About

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 summer 2020 – 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 in July and August due to construction work.

Read a blog post: Fresh air and nature therapy at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

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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
    571
  • Very Good
    261
  • Average
    38
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    3

Recent Reviews:

  • X3430XJjonathanp
    Rye, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nature Reserve
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th March 2020
    Excellent reserve good for walking the dog or for bird watching. A large quantity of birds, including Knot, Avocet, Oystercatchers and many others. Read full review
  • Cags63
    East Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th March 2020
    We had an excellent long walk around the reserve today. Lots of people out enjoying the fresh air, looking for birds, walking their dogs and escaping the current gloomy atmosphere. A great place to... Read full review
  • David W
    Rye, United Kingdom
    Peace and Nature!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 27th March 2020
    This is such a great venue for a walk by the sea, spotting the various wildlife as you amble (or power walk) your way around the reserve. 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

2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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