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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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    View of the church tower
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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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  • Strand Quay

    by Mariajoy Updated Jan 6, 2008

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    Who pulled the plug out?

    Along the quay you can see all the old black wooden warehouses which have been renovated and made into shops and restaurants. Unfortunately they are not in this photo.

    Rye Tourist Information office is here too.

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  • Get Stuck in Ye Olde Stockes

    by Mariajoy Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Not a local miscreant ;)

    Just by the Ypres Tower pub are the stocks. I don't know anything about them other than they would have been used to punish local miscreants. What fun it must have been to throw rotten vegetables at some obnoxious neighbour or ne'er do well or undesirable!! A quick and easy way to vent one's frustrations and instantly reduce stress!

    We can't do that nowadays but we can still stick our hands through the stocks and imagine what it must have been like :)

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  • Lamb House

    by Mariajoy Written Jan 5, 2008

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    The home of the writer Henry James who lived here between 1898-1916 and later was also home to Rumer Godden and EF Benson. Now owned by the National Trust, there is a beautiful walled garden here and some of James' personal effects.

    Please see the second photo for opening times and ticket prices etc

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  • Rye Gun Garden

    by Mariajoy Written Jan 5, 2008

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    The gun garden is part of the Ypres Tower museum but both the garden and the museum can be visited separately - I didn't buy a ticket for the garden as the gate was open and other people just seemed to be wandering in and out - maybe in the winter its free but anyway, there are lots of old cannons and stunning views over Romney Marsh.

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    Mermaid Street & surrounds

    by sue_stone Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Mermaid Street is a gorgeous cobbled street in the centre of Rye. It is apparently one of the most famous streets in England…..nope, I hadn't heard of it either.

    Take a walk up the street and admire the lovely timber-framed houses lining it, some of which date back as far as the 15th century. There is the quaint Mermaid Inn, with its award winning restaurant and character-filled bedrooms, or check out the houses with unusual names like "The House Opposite".

    My favourite was the "The House with two Front Doors", which not surprisingly did have two front doors (see photo).

    At the top of Mermaid Street, turn right and you will be at Lamb House. The building dates back to 1722, and was the home of American author Henry James from 1898 to 1916.

    Continue up the road and you will arrive in Church Square, where you will see a large central church surrounded by attractive buildings.

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    The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

    by sue_stone Written Oct 20, 2007

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    The oldest working church tower clock in England
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    Located in the heart of Rye is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. The church was built in 1103 and has obviously been very well maintained - apart from almost being completely destroyed by looters back in 1377.

    It is home to the oldest working church tower clock in England, which dates back to 1561. It still has the original pendulum mechanism powering it - they don't make them like that anymore!

    Take the time to pop inside the church, and if you are feeling energetic you can climb up the church tower and enjoy the excellent views over Rye and the surrounding area.

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    Shop with a difference.

    by Acirfa Updated Oct 6, 2006

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    Local shops
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    The shops are, oldie worldie, quaint and interesting. Just to wander in and browse about with friendly people on hand to chat to is a lovely past time.

    Some of the shops are warehouse type, others lead down into cellers.

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    Ypres Tower

    by Acirfa Updated Oct 6, 2006

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    This is the part of the old fortification that is left standing today and dates back to 1249.

    Once it was used for as a prison but now it is a museum.

    During the 14th century Rye's defences were strengthened with stone walls and 4 gateways after the town was destroyed in 1377 by the French.

    Only the Landgate still stands and sadly no remains of the original Norman Castle.

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    ST.MARY'S CHURCH

    by zuriga Written Apr 4, 2005

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    St. Mary's Church

    St. Mary's Church has one of the most interesting graveyards I've come across in years. It was almost impossible to read some of the ancient stones, and the trees were very old and just blooming - it was all very pretty.

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    YPRES TOWER AND MUSEUM

    by zuriga Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Outside Ypres Tower

    The Ypres Tower is one of the oldest buildings in Rye and well worth a visit, even if you don't want to pay and see the museum inside. Outside one finds some old canons (great for picture taking) and a beautiful view out to the sea which is now quite a few miles away. Rye was once one of the Cinque Ports, but the great harbour is no longer part of the modern scene here.

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    MERMAID INN

    by zuriga Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Mermaid Inn

    It's interesting to walk past the famous, Mermaid Inn. It's on Mermaid Street, up the hill from the train and bus station. There was a lovely outdoor patio for dining, but it wasn't time for our lunch!

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    A fairytale castle

    by Rachael71 Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Bodiam Castle

    A few miles outside Rye lies Bodiam Castle. You know the pictures of castles that you used to draw when you were a child, complete with moats and turrets? Well, you didn't know it but you were drawing Bodiam. It is the most beautiful 14th century castle and you can just imagine the Lords and Ladies who used to live here. Although it has many defensive features, it was built as a family home, and although the interior is in ruins there is enough to give you an idea of what it must have been like in its grandeur. As you can imagine, Bodiam has been used as the setting for many films, tv series and rock videos. A wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

    2005 prices - £4.40 per adult, free to National Trust members. Open February - October only.

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