Rye Heritage Centre

The Old Sail Loft, Strand Quay, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AY

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About

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:

    • Julie G
      Trip Type:
      Family
      We loved it X x
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th August 2021
      What a fantastic place to visit, good prices, very informative and interesting, kids loved the old penny machines and the gifts But the main event had them asking questions wanting to see more of... Read full review
    • laura w
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Excellent!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 5th September 2021
      Our visit to Rye Heritage Centre was excellent. The town model, show and introductory talk were detailed, informative and really interesting. The gift shop is well stocked with some lovely mementoes... Read full review
    • amandanack
      Rye, United Kingdom
      Well worth the visit to The Rye Heritage Centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th September 2021
      Upon entering the Rye Heritage Centre, we were greeted by the two lovely, professional, helpful staff members. The town model, made to scale of Victorian Rye was fascinating and incredibly detailed... 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 - 5 Oct 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
    Thursday - Friday08:30 - 18:00
    Saturday08:30 - 17:30
    Sunday10:00 - 16:00
    Season (6 Oct 2021 - 30 Nov 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Saturday10:30 - 16:30
    Sunday11:00 - 16:00

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