Rye

Rye in East Sussex Town Guide

About Rye in East Sussex

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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Cadborough Cottages
Cadborough Cottages

Walking distance from Rye. Ample parking. Peaceful location.

Jeake's House
Jeake's House

Award winning 17th century town house in medieval cobbled street

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Attractions and Activities

St Mary’s Church Tower

Climb the Church Tower for amazing views of Rye and the surrounding countryside! View the mechanism of the oldest working church turret clock in the UK. Gift Aiding your donation gives you free access for one year as many times … more

St Anthony of Padua

Roman Catholic Church Franciscan Friary Fax: 01797 223 066 Mass Times Sunday Obligation Saturday 6pm, Sunday 8am and 10:45am Monday 9am Tuesday 9:00 am followed by St Anthony’s devotions Wednesday 9am Thursday No Mass Friday 6pm followed by Adoration & … more

Rye Museum: Ypres Tower

The Rye Museum has two sites, the Ypres Tower (early 14th century) and the East Street site. The Tower has had many roles in its history from a fortification to protect the town, to a private dwelling, a prison and … more

Accommodation

The Coach House

The Coach House is the newest addition to Cadborough holiday cottages. It is recently converted and offers luxury accommodation for two people. The large spacious open plan living area is light and airy and offers everything for a comfortable, relaxing … more

Landgate Cottage

15th century Landgate cottage is opposite the medieval Landgate arch, in Rye’s pretty centre. Refurbished recently, retaining period features, with 2 bedrooms, a bath / shower room, a cosy woodburner, pretty courtyard, smart TV and WIFI. Close to galleries, restaurants, … more

Old Borough Arms

The Old Borough Arms is a family run guest house, with 9 en-suite rooms in the heart of Rye. All guest rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TV, towels and good quality comfortable beds so that you can have … 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 meal in its creation, for serious diners and families alike. This upbeat eatery will meet your every need when you … more

Globe Inn Marsh

A traditional but modern country inn located in the heart of Rye, just a couple of miles from the coast. Specialises in using fresh and local produce to create good innovative home cooked food from Field Farm Sea and offer … more

River Haven Hotel

A Warm welcome awaits you at the River Haven Hotel & Restaurant. This family run comfortable Hotel of 22 en-suite rooms in the Ancient town of Rye is situated on the Strand Quay over looking the River Tillingham. Our conservatory … more

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