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    Lamb House

    by Rachael71 Written Nov 12, 2004

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    Lamb House's claim to fame is that it was the home of the writer Henry James during the early 20th century. It is now open to the public two days a week (part of the house is still lived in so it cannot open more often).

    Only three rooms and the garden can be visited. Few of James' original possessions remain, but there is a lot of memorabilia associated with him such as photographs of himself and his literary friends. Sadly, his favourite room where he used to like to write no longer exists, as it was hit by a stray bomb during the second world war (fortunately nobody was hurt).

    You only need around half an hour to visit the house, as there is very little to see and the rooms do become a bit crowded.

    Open Wednesday and Saturday only, 2pm - 6pm. Price in 2004: 2.75. No toilets or refreshments.

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    A pub with real atmosphere

    by Rachael71 Written Nov 12, 2004

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    Behind these ivy-covered walls is one of Rye's most famous attractions - the Mermaid pub. The current building dates back to 1420, but it is known that a pub stood on this spot many years before that. During the 18th century it was a favourite place for smugglers to drink.

    There is a small beer garden at the back of the inn, and inside the pub is furnished as it might have been centuries ago, with tapestries and creaking old chairs. The drinks are a little more than average, but it is worth it for the atmosphere - we felt that the bar food was a little over-priced though so avoided it.

    Accommodation is available at the Inn and it would make the ideal base for a romantic weekend.

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    Henry James' Lamb House

    by KittyLou Updated Mar 3, 2004

    In 1897, at the age of 55 Henry James settled into Rye's Lamb House. He used this site as the home of one of his characters in his next novel "The Awkward Age". One of the interesting pieces of memorblia on display is the letter James wrote in 1915 requesting British citizenship.

    The property was given to the National Trust in 1950 "to be preserved as an enduring symbol of the ties that unite the British and American people."

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    Ypres Tower

    by hayward68 Written Jul 2, 2003

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    Ypres Tower makes up one part of the Rye Castle Museum, the other being an old bottling factory on East St.
    The tower is one of the oldest landmarks in Rye and has served many functions in its past, at one point as a prison.
    In the tower you can view different displays of smuggling items, irowork and medieval pottery.
    The hours vary during the year and from November to March is only open on weekends.
    Admission is £2.90 for both buildings or £1.90 for one building.

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    St Mary's Church

    by hayward68 Written Jul 2, 2003

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    St Mary's Church seits upon the hilltop town of Rye and has done so for almost 900 years. History has dealsth it a few blowes over the years, such as in 1377 when the French looted the town, set fire to the church and then carted the church bells off to Franch. They were eventually recovered the following year when local men went to Normandy and retrieved them.
    The church boast the country's oldest church turret clock, which was constructed around 1561.
    The church tower is well worth the small admission price you pay to climb it. The view from the top over the surrounding landscape is spectacular, you can see all the way to the coast. However do be careful not to be climbing the tower when the bells are due to ring, you'll deafen yourself if you're beside them when they start clanging.
    You can visit the church daily between 9 and 6 pm, however in the winter the church closes at 4pm.

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    Historical Town Walk

    by Roeffie Written Feb 25, 2003

    Walking through the town of Rye is a nice thing to do. The town has many medieval landmarks.

    In my travelogues you'll find the walk I took in Rye, completely described from A to Z.

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  • Ypres Tower

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ypres Tower houses Rye Museum. The tower was built in 1250 as a fortification. It was used as a prison until 1865 then as a mortuary.

    Entry to both buildings is £2.90.

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    LOOK FOR THIS DOOR!

    by zuriga Written Apr 5, 2005

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    See if you can find this interesting house while you're walking around Rye. People here have a good sense of humour! It's the House with Two Front Doors.

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    The little streets

    by KittyLou Updated Mar 3, 2004

    Historic, small and picturesque, Rye has a number of little streets that hold something around each corner. St Mary's Church is at the top of this street.

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    mermaid street

    by banshee11 Written Apr 5, 2003

    enjoy a walk through the old paving stone streets of rye. mermaid street is very famous and also very beautiful.

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