Rye Heritage Centre

The Old Sail Loft, Strand Quay, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AY

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Housed in a converted 19th century sail loft, Rye Heritage Centre houses the Rye Town Model ‘Story of Rye’ Sound and Light Show, a vintage, hand built 1:100 scale model of Victorian Rye that uses dramatic sound and light effects to bring to life 700 years of Rye’s rich history and folklore. 

We also host The Old Pier Penny Arcade, in a new ground floor setting, with a collection of working early 20th Century amusement arcade machines such as The Laughing Sailor and What the Butler saw.

Our gift and souvenir shop stocks a range of locally produced art and gifts as well as books from local authors, guidebooks for walks in Rye, and locally produced pottery.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free admission to the centre and Old Pier Penny Arcade*Free
Town Model show Adults (16 and over)£4.50 per ticket
Town Model show Children (5-15)£3.00 per ticket
Under 5sFree

*Old pennies for the arcade machines can be purchased at 7 pennies for £1.

Discount rates available for groups of 10 or more, please enquire directly.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Haymaster78
      Kent, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Couples walk
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 21st January 2023
      Lovely walk around a lot of heritage finished with a lovely pub lunch near the harbour. Great walk with the wife and a visit to the little antique shops highly recommended. Read full review
    • Excursion33238953128
      Rye
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th September 2023
      Rye is very nice the castle and lamb House are well worth a visit lunch in the cobbles tea room excelant Read full review
    • W9042PNalisonb
      New Ross, Ireland
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Worth a visit, friendly welcome awaits.
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 1st March 2024
      Excellent friendly people on the front desk, full of helpful advice about the history of Rye and recommended nearby sights. Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access

    Establishment Features

    • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Town Model Only - French, German, Spanish
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Toilets - opposite building

    Opening Times

    Open (23 Mar 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday10:30 - 16:00
    Thursday - FridayClosed
    Saturday10:30 - 16:00
    SundayClosed

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