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  • Parish Church of St Mary, Rye
    Parish Church of St Mary, Rye
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  • Parish Church of St Mary, Rye
    Parish Church of St Mary, Rye
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  • Strand Quay, Rye
    Strand Quay, Rye
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    Landgate

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    The Landgate is the one surviving gate of the original four in the medieval defensive walls of the town of Rye. There is little left of these walls now except the Landgate which sits at the North East corner of the old town and is a nice place to enter the old town - although if you've arrived in Rye by train this does mean taking a short detour.

    The gate dates back to 1329 and would originally actually have had gates and a portcullis to keep out unwanted visitors. It now has a clock each side instead as Rye tends to want to allow visitors in rather than keep them out!

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    Ypres Tower & Medieval Herb Garden

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    The Ypres Tower (pronounced 'wipers' and not the correct way to say Ypres the Belgian town!) looks just like what you would imagine a sand castle to look like. It offres superb views over what was once the harbour it was built to protect in the 14th century, but where there was once sea, there is now farmland.
    The Tower also has been used as a prison and the current museum shows off one of the dank cells previously used for inmates.
    The basement shows off a display of swords and other weapons and mainly seems to appeal to children. Other exhibits include maps showing the development and changing coastline of this part of the south east of England and a still room which shows how medicinal plants and other herbs were used.
    Outside there is also a small and attractive walled garden which is now the medieval herb garden. When we visited this was equiped with a lady in medieval dress eager to tell us all about teh different plants and how they may have been used.

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    Strand Quay

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    Along Strand Quay are the black half timbered buildings which were once the warehouses of the thriving Cinque Port. Now these have been converted into shops, offices and restaurants alongside the Tillingham River. On a summer day the area is buzzing with life and there are many tempting restaurants (usually serving seafood) ready to welcome you to sit down and rest and refresh. I'd suggest you find one you like and do just that. Take a seat outside and watch the world go by.

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    Parish Church of St Mary

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    The tower of this church still sticks out above the rest of Rye's skline when seen from a far, just as it has for 900 years now. The church also has the oldest church turret clock which is still functioning in all of England (dating from 1561). You can see the pendulum mechanism from within the church if you climb the tower. You'll also see the church bells and get a brilliant view across Rye and the surrounding countryside from up here.

    The church seems to be a bit of a hotch-potch of various styles from over the centuries and this helps to add to it's charm. The stained glass windows are attractive but not that old being late Victorian.

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    Church of St Anthony of Padua

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    This little church in pretty Watchbell Street in Rye has something of a Spanish look about it from outside. Inside it's a charming and small catholic church. It doesn't take long to visit but is worth popping in for a look.

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    Lonely Camber Castle

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 13, 2011

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    Camber castle is an old Tudor artillery fort located outside Rye in the fields of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It's a property owned by English Heritage but has fairly limited opening hours and these do change so see the english heritage website for details before going.

    You can't get here by car. You also can't get here by public transport. You just have to walk across the fields. I have found that it is nice to walk across the Rye Harbour nature reserve from Rye train station on a fine summer day. East Sussex county council have a suggested walk on their website

    http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/walks/circular/Walk02.htm

    The castle when open is staffed by volunteers of the nature reserve and when I have visited the gentleman on duty has offered guided tours of the castle. These are worth doing. Without this you might leave just thinking that you've seen a pile of rubble and old crumbling walls. The guided tour brings the history of the place to life and you get to see things that you would otherwise probably miss - such as the Tudor graffiti mocking Henry VIII.

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  • Rye Castle Museum

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rye Museum

    The Ypres Tower and the East Street Castle Museum are on separate sites but both the same establishment.

    Don't bother coming here in winter, it isn't open (but if you do make it on a day when it is open, it looks really interesting!)

    Check the website for opening times etc.

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  • St Mary the Virgin

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St Mary the Virgin

    This church has such an amazing history spanning 900 years! - including murder amongst the grave stones and French invasions! It is possible to climb the Clock Tower for stunning views over the town and surrounding marshes.

    Do check the website for opening times and more info... it's a definite MUST SEE if you are visiting this lovely town!

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    Ypres Tower

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located just down from the eastern corner of Church Square is the Ypres Tower. The tower was part of the original 13th century fortifications that surrounded the town, and it is the oldest remaining section.

    The tower was used as a prison for a few centuries, but these days is home to the Rye Castle Museum.

    Take a wander to the front of the tower, have your photo taken sitting on one of the canons, and enjoy the view over the marsh.

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    The Landgate

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Landgate

    Back in the 14th century, Rye was a fortified town, and at the time there were four gates built to allow access inside the walls - the Landgate, Strandgate, Baddings Gate and the Postern Gate. Of the four gates, only the Landgate remains today.

    Located in the north-eastern corner of town, the Landgate has two towers and a chamber above the arch. There is also a clock on either side in case you forgot your watch ; ) Originally it also had gates, a portcullis and a drawbridge.

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    Ypres Tower

    by Rachael71 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ypres Tower and Museum

    This is on our list for things to do next time we visit Rye, as it was closed on the day we went! The Tower would have originally overlooked the sea and formed part of the town's defences, and from this viewpoint you can see just how much natural land reclamation there has been over the years.

    Nowadays the Tower is home to the town museum, and contains artefacts collected over the past 800 years.

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    Day Trip to Rye

    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

    Rye is a beautiful small town. If you have the time I would highly recommend a trip to this charming village. If you are staying in London it makes for a decent day trip. Usually you have to make at least one train change on the way there. It takes a little over an hour to get there. The train station is really close to the town. There aren't a whole lot of major sites, but there are tons of shops, inns and restaurants. I posted photos and a narrative of my trip on my travel blog (its towards the bottom of the posting on battle, 1066 country trail, and rye):

    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/06/battle-1066-trail-rye.html

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    Winchelsea beach

    by Claudilla Written Apr 23, 2009

    Pick up a day, possibly a sunny one.. and visit Winchelsea beach,only 5 minutes by car from Rye, unfortunately even for those willing to walk, it can be an hour walk on a busy road.. therefore I would not recommend it.
    Watch out for sheeps, cows, in the nearby fields..and pay attention to cars too when you are parked on one side of the road.
    I did enjoy my picnic, and the beach was very quiet, only another small family, a few birds, and the sound of the sea..

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    Climbing the church tower!

    by Suzze Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    This is the view of the tower of the church of St Mary's that you can climb up to. It's well worth it as the views are fantastic. You could see right down to the sea and the rolling countryside of Kent and Sussex.
    The climb is not for the faint hearted or elderly, which having said that could mean me! It's quite a climb up with steep steps and very very narrow passage ways, it was quite an adventure that climb!

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  • Mermaid Street

    by Mariajoy Updated Jan 6, 2008

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    The House with Two Front Doors
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    Every visitor, who is physically able to, should visit the historic Mermaid Street. With houses called "The House with Two Doors", "The House with the Seat" and "The House Opposite" to name but a few, it is well worth seeing! Every ancient building could tell a story on this steep and cobbly street but none more so than The Mermaid Inn - possibly the oldest Inn in the UK, dating from 1420, it was a favourite haunt of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang - smugglers with a most terrible reputation.

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