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, the Rye tour to purchase and download to the Rye app, walking guides and locally produced pottery.

Book Tickets

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:

    • Tony M
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Staff too busy chatting to each other.
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 18th October 2022
      Popped in to see what Rye was all about. Women, I assume we're staff, they were behind the counter,were busy chatting to each other. My wife and I sat down to see the display on the.monitors and cod... Read full review
    • A5895UUmanfredb
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great Start to Visiting Rye
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 22nd November 2022
      We stumbled across the Heritage Centre after having left the Car Park. Just as well, as the visit to the Heritage Centre was most informative and the right prelude to walking around the Historic Town... Read full review
    • 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

    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 (2 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Saturday10:30 - 16:00
    SundayClosed
    Bank HolidayClosed

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