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:

    • TraceymDuggan
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Rye - don’t miss the heritage centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 23rd February 2022
      The visit to Rye visitors centre is a first day, must do, attraction. It explains so carefully the history in an animated way using the most amazing model of the entire village. The model is over... Read full review
    • B6311DZlaurad
      london
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A must see for any Rye visitor
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th April 2022
      This was a wonderfully quaint and unique way to get a history of this lovely town. The model itself is fascinating and so intricate and the light show was brilliantly informative and really gives you... Read full review
    • Hab7
      Ashford
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Brill!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th April 2022
      I definitely recommend starting your trip to rye here. The town model is brilliant and the history of the town is explained and even the ghost stories! Staff are very helpful and have a great... 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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