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.

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:

    • Richard W
      A "must see" in Rye
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 24th November 2021
      This is an absolute must do in Rye. The story of the model village, how it started and it's journey from someone's house to where it is now, is fascinating. Local passionate staff telling a... Read full review
    • Autolocus
      United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A Really Worthwhile Diversion
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 26th November 2021
      An outstanding attraction well worth the donation for the audio visual show. The volunteers are quite rightly proud of their attraction. A really interesting variety of stick in the shop as well. Read full review
    • amyyS7622PK
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A must see!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 27th November 2021
      What a wonderful attraction in Rye, essential to every visit once you arrive! The model village was a lovely insight into the history and the volunteers were on hand to provide expert knowledge and... 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 (26 Jan 2022 - 30 Apr 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00

    * Rye Heritage Centre will reopen 26th January 2022.

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