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, guidebooks for walks in Rye, 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:

    • Excursion33238953128
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th September 2023
      Rye is very nice the castle and lamb House are well worth a visit lunch in the cobbles tea room excelant Read full review
    • W9042PNalisonb
      New Ross, Ireland
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      Worth a visit, friendly welcome awaits.
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 1st March 2024
      Excellent friendly people on the front desk, full of helpful advice about the history of Rye and recommended nearby sights. Read full review
    • janisc285
      Worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 22nd March 2024
      Very interesting - very informative film show explaining the history of the town and a lovely, scale model of the entire town. Interesting exhibits as well as some original old fairground amusements... Read full review

    Map & Directions



    • 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 (23 Mar 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday10:30 - 16:00
    Thursday - FridayClosed
    Saturday10:30 - 16:00


    Tuesday, 23rd April 2024 - Tuesday, 23rd April 2024

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    Thursday, 30th May 2024 - Thursday, 30th May 2024

    Rye Town CrierTown Crier Guided TourHear the quirky, strange and sometimes grim stories of Rye from our knowledgeable Town Crier.
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    Monday, 27th May 2024 - Monday, 27th May 2024

    View of RyeRye - A Guided WalkExplore the rich history and secrets of Rye.
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