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, walking guides 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:

    • Jeannie2207
      Windsor, United Kingdom
      Sadly closed at the moment
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th September 2020
      Even though it is closed at the moment there are a lot of placards in the windows so you can get a bit of history of Rye by reading them. Don't know when it will reopen. It's a lovely building. Read full review
    • Fufkin2008
      east sussex
      Town model is a must if you’re visiting Rye
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th July 2021
      Just reopened and now run by volunteers as the local council couldn’t meet the running cost. The gem is the town model, a sound and light show which gives a brief history of Rye. A must if you’re... Read full review
    • AlbertD13579
      Sutton, United Kingdom
      Overly officious
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th July 2021
      Visited here in July 2021. Although lockdown restrictions had been removed my wife and I were aggressively told by the man behind the counter that we should be wearing masks. We are both exempt for... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Facilities

    Accessibility

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

    Catering

    • 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

    Rye Heritage Centre (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
    Thursday - Friday08:30 - 18:00
    Saturday08:30 - 17:30
    Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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