Rye

Rye in East Sussex Town Guide

Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained.

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.

Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye.

St Mary’s church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.

Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title “Rye Royale” was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay.

The sheer concentration of living history packed into this vibrant market town makes it the ideal base for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break. There are many comfortable, welcoming hotels and guest houses and plenty of charming inns and restaurants.

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Simply Italian

In a beautiful former 15th Century Mill, SI Rye boasts a great mix of character with Mediterranean flair.

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What's on in Rye

Platinum Jubilee Special Farmers Market

, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Brede Village Hall, Brede

Platinum Jubilee Special Farmers Market Brede Village Hall FRIDAY 3rd June; 10 – 12 A great opportunity to stock up … more

Category: Markets

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Arnold Berry - Artist

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Samuel Gill of Rye

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Attractions and Activities

Rye Town Council

The Town Hall, which was built in 1741, was designed by Andrew Jelfe. The building is surmounted by a cupola, … more

St Mary's Church Centre

St Mary’s Centre has two halls, a fully equipped catering kitchen and facilities for the disabled. The Main Hall is … more

Full Throttle Boat Charters

We offer the Rye bay RIB Safari, lasting 1/2 an hour and only £18.50pp. We fly around Rye bay and … more

Accommodation

The Highlands

This large secluded Victorian house sleeps 11 and has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside towards Rye. Inside the rooms … more

Knelle Dower

AA 5* rated luxury studio B&B offering blissful seclusion, sprinkled with luxury throughout. A delicious breakfast is served in our … more

Oasthouse Loft

A wonderfully warm and cosy, romantic hideaway in an exquisite country location with 360-degree panoramic views. Tastefully furnished in a … more

Restaurants

Webbe's at the Fish Café

Welcome to Webbe’s in Rye. A vibrant lively restaurant atmosphere with open plan kitchen area where you can view your … more

The Mermaid Inn Restaurant

Originally dating from 1156, the Mermaid was rebuilt in 1420, much as it still stands today, as the principal Inn … more

The Ship Inn Bar and Restaurant

An attractive 16th Century Inn, situated amongst the old warehouses alongside the river estuary in the Ancient Cinque Port of … more

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