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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:

  • E8887TZmartinp
    Trip Type:
    Interesting Penny machines
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 8th August 2019
    Apart from the useful local information and the town model presentation which we liked the most amusing thing was the Penny Machines which you can try upstairs. Read full review
  • DavidJRadcliffe
    Ramsey, United Kingdom
    Particularly enjoyed the old penny arcade upstairs. Friendly staff. Good selection of books and guides.
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th September 2019
    Friendly staff, good selection of books, guides and souvenirs. Enjoyed the old penny arcade upstairs. Read full review
  • marspaul
    Shame not wheel chair access
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th September 2019
    When my grandson was little he used to,spend ages in here with his great nan my mum BUT this was when she was able to walk.... We wished we could take her again but there is no wheelchair access so... 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

Summer and Autumn (1 Aug 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
November and December (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday10:00 - 14:00

* Closed Thursdays in September and October.
The centre will be closed for maintenance in January 2020 and will reopen on Saturday 15 February.

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