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

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

Rye Town Council

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

Lamb House

Lamb House was built in 1723 by James Lamb. Henry James leased the property and later purchased in 1899. It … more

Accommodation

Grace Dieu

A very comfortable four bedroomed beach house with direct sea views and a sheltered sunny garden.

Beside The Sea Holidays

At Beside The Sea we offer a highest standard of Camber Sands Holiday Cottages. All our listed properties are inspected … more

Flackley Ash Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

Located in the Sussex countryside 4 miles from the historic town of Rye, Flackley Ash is a delightful Grade II … 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 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

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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