The Story of Rye at 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
Family Ticket£14.00 per ticket
Free admission to the centre and Old Pier Penny Arcade*Free
Town Model show - additional Children (5-15)£3.00 per ticket
Town Model show Adults (16 and over) with up to 1 child under 12£5.00 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:

    • 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
    • KarenMarshall
      Studley, United Kingdom
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      Highly recommended
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 9th June 2024
      Friendly helpful staff. Very informative and interesting talk on the history of the area cleverly illustrated by means of a superb model of Rye, with lighting and special effects. Good display for D... Read full review

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    • 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

    summer opening times (23 Mar 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
    Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30


    Wednesday, 5th June 2024 - Friday, 5th July 2024

    poster for D-Day Exhibit, Rye Heritage Centre80th Anniversary D-Day ExhibitRye Heritage Centre commemorates D-Day and Rye's roles in World War 2.
    more info

    Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

    Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Saturday, 29th June 2024

    Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 6th July 2024

    Saturday, 13th July 2024 - Saturday, 13th July 2024

    Saturday, 20th July 2024 - Saturday, 20th July 2024

    Saturday, 27th July 2024 - Saturday, 27th July 2024

    poster or Rye guided tourA Guided Walk of RyeJoin this guided walk through historic Rye.
    more info

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