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

Message Board

Arnold Berry - Artist

Trying to find out any info on this Artist i believe he did a lot of hes work along sussex … more

Samuel Gill of Rye

Such a Big Story Ref a clock making family. I have a Mahogany Long Case Clock. Signed S Gill Rye. … more

Attractions and Activities

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

Rye Water Sports

We offer lessons in Windsurfing, Sailing, Kitesurfing and Paddleboarding for children and adults, and during the Summer holidays Children’s Activity … more

Rye Bay Ebikes

Ebike Hire, Tour, Sales and Servicing shop in Rye, East Sussex. Great fun for kids from 14yrs. Hourly, half day … more

Accommodation

Coldharbour Cottage

Coldharbour Cottage won the National Silver Award for the best Self Catering Cottage in 2010. The cottage itself has been … 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

The Coach House

The Coach House is the newest addition to Cadborough holiday cottages. It is recently converted and offers luxury accommodation for … more

Restaurants

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

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 Gallivant

The Gallivant Restaurant With Rooms across the road from the dunes and the beautiful sandy beach beyond. Inspired by the … more

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