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15 Best Things to Do and See in Rye 2024

Last updated: May 31, 2024

Each month we take a look at the most popular attractions and activities in and around Rye and here are the latest top 15 things to do according to our visitors in ...

#2

St Mary's Church Tower

In Rye
01797 222 318
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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 as you like. Terms and Conditions apply. The Tower is open almost every day of … more

St Mary's Church Tower
#3

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour 1.9 miles from Rye
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The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is approximately 1.4 miles south east of Rye, signposted off the A259. There is a free car park at Rye Harbour. There is a network of foot paths that allow the reserve to be visited from Rye and Winchelsea on foot. Within the reserve there are five hides (with wheelchair … more

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
#4

Lamb House

In Rye
01797 222 909
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Lamb House was built in 1723 by James Lamb. Henry James leased the property and later purchased in 1899. It was here he wrote the Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, the Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. In the Summer months James liked to use the Garden Room to dictate to his secretary. Sadly … more

Lamb House
#5

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

In Rye
01797 222 318
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For almost 900 years the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the old town stands. It has stood through good times and bad. In 1377 when the town was looted and set on fire by French invaders the church was extensively damaged. The roof fell … more

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
#6

Rye Bay

In Rye

Rye Bay is nestled in the scenic county of East Sussex. Covering some 91 square kilometres of fantastic views, there is more than ample reason to visit Rye Bay. Miles of unspoilt coastline adjoin Rye Bay (visit Camber Sands; the only sand dunes in the county for a proper Sussex sea-side day out!) but there … more

Rye Bay
#7

Rye Harbour Beach

Rye Harbour 2.2 miles from Rye

The beach at Rye Harbour is a picturesque and unspoiled coastal stretch situated at the mouth of the river Rother at Rye Harbour along to Winchelsea Beach to the west. Generally a pebble beach (although there are sandy areas to be found), the beach is known for its peaceful atmosphere, making it an ideal spot … more

Rye Harbour Beach
#8

Harbour Cycles

Rye Harbour 1.6 miles from Rye
01797 227 667
07719 914 506
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We are based in Rye Harbour opposite the Lifeboat station, and next to Rye Harbour nature reserve. Take a bicycle and ride through the 1150 acres of the nature reserve via the designated trails, see map. or stay on the tarmac private road through to Pett Level along the beach. Discover the wildlife in a … more

Harbour Cycles
#9

Mary Stanford Lifeboat House

Rye Harbour 2.1 miles from Rye
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The Mary Stanford Lifeboat House is a historic building located in Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England. This iconic structure serves as a memorial to the tragic events that unfolded during a daring rescue attempt in 1928. The lifeboat house is a poignant reminder of the brave crew of the Mary Stanford lifeboat, who lost their … more

Mary Stanford Lifeboat House
#10

Rye Museum: Ypres Tower

In Rye
01797 226 728
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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 a mortuary. It is the oldest building–except for St Mary’s church–open to the public in … more

Rye Museum: Ypres Tower
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Rye Sports Centre

In Rye
01797 224 747
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Modern facilities, friendly staff and great value … all at Freedom Leisure Rye! Situated just behind the railway station, parking is free to Centre users. Please collect a parking ticket from reception

Rye Sports Centre
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Rye Heritage Centre

In Rye
01797 226 696
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The perfect way to discover Rye. Rye Heritage Centre provides an ideal introduction to the town with the Story of Rye sound and light show featuring the famous Rye Town Model. Historic Guided Walking Tours are available to book and there are displays of local history to enhance your visit. Admission to the centre is … more

Rye Heritage Centre
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Camber Castle

In Rye
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Camber Castle lies between Rye and Winchelsea, and was originally located on a shingle spit which protected the approach to these towns.

Camber Castle
#14

Rye Audio Tour

In Rye
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Download an audio tour for the picturesque, medieval town of Rye in East Sussex for just £2.99.

#15

1066 Country Walk

In Rye

Enjoy the exhilarating 1066 Country Walk from or to Rye. The whole walk to Pevensey takes four days, allowing time to visit the places of interest on the way, or you can go from Rye to Battle or vice versa in two days. Great Oak Walks will organise quality accommodation in places of character for … more

1066 Country Walk

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Big Guys French Fries
Big Guys French Fries

We’re an independent small restaurant located steps from the centre of town. We’re proud to be the favourite for locals … more

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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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