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Rye Heritage Centre

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

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Rye Heritage Centre


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, with over 30 working pre-decimal amusement machines such as The Laughing Sailor and What the Butler Saw to play on.

We also have historical audio tours of Rye available to hire for a self guided history walk around the town.

Our gift shop stocks a large range of locally produced art and gifts, exclusive Rye ceramics and an large selection of maps and guidebooks to help you make the most of your visit to our beautiful town.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free entry to centre and Old Pier Penny ArcadeFree
Town Model show Adults (16 and over)£3.50 per ticket
Town Model show Children (5-15)£1.50 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Please enquire for group rates



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • John W
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Little gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 5th July 2019
    What a lovely surprise, we thought we were just visiting the usual tourist info shop. On entering we were greeted by friendly staff and told about the model town display. This is a paid attraction... Read full review
  • susanpG7216UO
    Hobart, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Great Introduction to Rye
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 7th July 2019
    We visited the Heritage Centre as part of a BackRoads Tour. It was a valuable orientation to the most beautiful town Read full review
  • MLambertGeo
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Information plus
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 16th July 2019
    Lots of info about the local area plus a great model of Rye (the old town) - a good starting point for tours of the town. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A259. On the A259 on Strand Quay.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Rye. Go up Station Approach, turn right, follow Heritage Centre signs to Strand Quay. Situated opposite sailing boats beside large anchor.



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


  • Picnic Site - opposite building

Establishment Features

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

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Booking advisable for large groups.
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 15
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

July and August (1 July 2019 - 31 Aug 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
September - October (1 Sept 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
November- December (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Saturday10:00 - 14:00
March - June (1 Mar 2020 - 1 June 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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Special Offers

  • Summer Holiday Family Special: Kids Go Free!
    Buy one adult ticket to 'The Story of Rye' Town Model show and get one free child entry.
    Come and hear tales of royal visits, French invasions, murder, mystery and mayhem in our unique 1;100 scale model sound and light show.
    Afterwards, why not visit our Old Pier Penny Arcade, and play on the UK's largest working collection of vintage amusement machines?
    Valid from 20th July to 31st August inclusive.

    Quote 'Visit 1066' to counter staff to activate offer.

    More offers like this - Family fun

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