Rye Travel Guide

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  • The mermaid streets

    Rye is a small quaint hill top village, narrow cobbled streets are an attraction, with plenty of free house, immediately to the right, and Mermaid Street. You can see that Mermaid Street is cobbled, as it was in medieval times, with only a very narrow pavement on one sideMany of the houses in Mermaid Street had rather strange names which you can...

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  • Gun Garden

    The gun gardens is just behind the tower the cannons there today are not original but were made in 1980 to honour the visit by the Queen Mother and first lady Warden of Cinque Ports when she visited Rye. The money was raised by the people of Rye and the local foundry and woodworkers made replicas and presented them to the Queen Mother for Rye’s Gun...

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  • Ypres Tower

    I was surprise when I saw "Ypres" I said to myself that is my hometown, this tower stands to the end of Rye where you have a good view to the harbourThis famous defensive structure that still remains, but nowadays is purely for pleasure. This building was thought to have been intended as part of a defensive castle that never materializedThe tower...

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  • Landgate

    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....

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  • Ypres Tower & Medieval Herb Garden

    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...

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  • Strand Quay

    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...

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  • Parish Church of St Mary

    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...

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  • Church of St Anthony of Padua

    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

    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....

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Rye Hotels

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  • The George in Rye

    A beautiful place to stay. Quiet and very clean. Parking is somewhat limited but there is parking by...

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  • River Haven Hotel

    Great location within walking distance to the center, the room was very spacious and well kept, nice...

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  • Jeake's House

    On our visit to Rye a freind suggested this B & B. The place is very nice, well decorated and clean....

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Rye Restaurants

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  • Half decent hotel buffet breakfast

    We had arrived in the area early and were looking for breakfast. We did not stay in this hotel; we only had breakfast. It was the same breakfast that they provide to their staying guest - a hot buffet. There were eggs over easy, bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, all the usual features of a Full English. You could eat as much as you like. The...

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  • A local pub restaurant dating from 1640

    I didn't eat here on this visit - but would definitely like to give it a try soon! The menu looks fabulous! Tucked away down in the gun gardens but with a little garden of its own it must be a lovely place to eat al fresco in the summer time with view over the river Rother and Romney Marsh.Check the website for a detailed menu description and...

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  • Eating in Rye

    Just another lovely little place in the High Street.. a pub/restaurant.. lovely to sit outside under the umbrellas when it's sunny.. have a long cold drink and a sandwich...and watch the world go by. I only had a tuna sandwich ...but they did lots of lovely hot dishes too

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  • A Step back in time....

    The enticement of hot homemade soup was too much to resist but which restuarant do you choose?!! Out of so many that were on offer, it was just a matter of the first one we came to in the end. This has been a tea room since 1932, but what it was before I didn't find out unfortunatley. After our climb up the church tower this place was right beside...

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  • Simon the Pieman - good place for lunch

    Wanting somewhere for a light lunch, I recalled a little place I had read about that claimed to be the oldest tea room in town - Simon the Pieman was its name, so we headed there to see if it had something on the menu to tempt us.We loved the look of this café and cake shop, that dates back to 1920, so nabbed the last free table and decided which...

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  • Landgate Bistro - fine dining in Rye

    Dinner on our short visit to Rye was at the Landgate Bistro. I had read that it was one of the nicest places in town, and although also one of the more expensive places, in London terms it was almost a bargain.The Landgate is a small, modern place serving up "British food with a classic or modern slant". They source their ingredients from the local...

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Rye Nightlife

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    by sue_stone Written Oct 20, 2007

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    On our evening in Rye we were looking for somewhere to relax with a drink before dinner. We stopped off at the Pipemakers Arms basically as it was the first pub we came across after leaving our B&B.

    The Pipemakers Arms dates back to the mid-19th century, and when we initially entered into the original section of the pub I loved the cosy look and feel of it. It was a small area though, and was fairly busy, so we ended up in what appeared to be the new section of the pub. This part had much less character and was empty, apart from two people playing pool.

    Oh well, consensus ruled and we had to sit and have our drink without the cosy atmosphere. At least the beer was cold and pretty cheap too.

    Dress Code: Good taste is optional

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Rye Transportation

  • Euro Tunnel Calais France

    From Belgium there were different ways to reach England. This is our first time taking train and drive our own car in UK. We mostly fly or use Eurostar and hire a car in UKThis all new for us, we have no idea how it is in Calais and cross England by overland trainYou were strictly controlled here, the same as in airport and train stations in...

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  • Parking - Rip Off Britain is alive in...

    Having been a regular visitor to Rye I have always wondered why so many cars displaying the blue disabled badges packed the road from the Land Gate through the High Street when there are so many car-parks.The reason is that rip-off Britain is at its height in Rye and in fact in all car-parks operated by Rother District Council.Although there are...

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  • From Icklesham to Rye

    There is only one bus route operating from Hastings, via Icklesham to Rye. I stayed for couple of days in Icklesham which is a small long village.The bus runs every hour, operated by StageCoach.Single way ticket: BP 3.20Return ticket: BP3.70StageCoach is relatively more expensive the London local bus.

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Rye Shopping

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  • Weekly Farm market

    Every Wednesday, just oppposite the Tourist information Centre from 10 to 13 You can get food for a picnic full of taste at a reasonable price, I have tried a bit of everything cheese, bread, beer bought from the stalls and eaten on a nearby beach. The beer was hot therfore we left it for when we got home, but the cheese and bread were...

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  • Sweet Memories

    Remember aniseed balls? Sherbert dabs? Rhubarb and Custard? Humbugs? Pear drops? Gobstoppers? Lemon sherberts? Stem ginger, peanut brittle? Well... all of those and many many more can be bought here for 100 times what you probably would have paid for them in the 70's! :)))Rye is full of these old retro/nostalgia kind of shops - it makes for...

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  • Rye Record Shop

    This used to be Rye Grammar School - but has always (well... in the last 12 years at least) been a music shop. CDs

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Rye Warnings and Dangers

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    by hayward68 Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Don't get stuck in the narrow passageway of St. Mary's Church in Rye. It's only about 18 to 20 inches across. I'm small and there was only an inch or two of space on either side of my hips, so if you're more amply built than I am you might be risking it.

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Rye Off The Beaten Path

  • Camber Sands

    Camber Sands is an amazingly beautiful beach about 3 miles from Rye in East Sussex, or about an hour and a half drive south from London. The sand is fine and soft, the beach is clean and huge, and at least the day we were there (a nice warm sunny day on a Summer weekend) there were not that many people there. It is 5 miles long and is very wide and...

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  • More Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

    Rye Harbour is a strange place - bleak and desolate - but teeming with an abundance of bird species and other wildlife. The twitchers come here to look and wait and see what they can spot and its not too difficult to see some rare visitors - but dont forget your binoculars! The birds are protected by electric fences which surround the delicate...

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  • Martello Tower at Frenchman's Beach

    This is Martello Tower No. 28. There were over 100 of these towers built along the coast in the late 1700s and early 1800s to defend against a French, Napoleonic invasion, this is one of them and it is situated at Frenchman's Beach Holiday Village. There's a free car park and walkers and hikers are permitted to use the Tea Rooms at the holiday park...

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Rye Sports & Outdoors

  • Keen for a putt?

    There are quite a few stunning golf courses of all sizes (and to suit all pockets!) within easy reach of the walled town of Rye. A few of these are Hemstead Forest, Littlestone, Chart Hills and Cooden Beach.

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  • Ramblers delight!

    This is a delightful area to ramble... Here there is the famous '1066 walk', which starts on the opposite bank from The Windmill B&B, and continues for 30 scenic miles to Pevensey. There is a fine network of footpaths which lead you to the historic Camber Castle and the pretty shingle beach at Winchelsea.

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  • Bird watching

    The serene Rye Nature reserve, is a great attraction for bird watching enthusiast! Bird species like the Common Sandwich and Little Tern, and the Ringed Plover and Red Shank are just four of the regular local nesting birds one can view here.

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Rye Favorites

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  • Rye windmill... with a difference!

    We love windmills.We often visit the windmill in Wimbledon Common, it is close by and fascinating inside and out!This is a similar looking windmill. Wooden, white smock windmill... but with one big difference!!! It is a bed and Breakfast! Rye Windmill B&B is rated 4 stars by the AA and is also fully licensed, and we look forward to staying here on...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    Bodiam is a fairytale medieval castle, one of the most famous in Britain. Rising from the moat which is filled with huge carp.It was built in anticipation of a French Invasion in 1385 which never happened. Due to the castle being in fine condition you can see superb examples of old English architecture with rounded corner towers, battlements,...

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  • Exploring Rye

    If cobbles streets and quaint bookshops and exquisite architecture and character is your thing, then Rye is the place to visit.We first visited this part of England on my hubby's birthday, we did Rye and then went on to Bodiam Castle.

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
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Rye Castle Museum
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St Mary the Virgin
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Ypres Tower
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The Landgate
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Ypres Tower
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Ypres Tower
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Day Trip to Rye
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Winchelsea beach
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Climbing the church tower!
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Mermaid Street
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Strand Quay
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The Old (pink) Vicarage
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Confiscated Contraband At the Ship Inn
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Get Stuck in Ye Olde Stockes
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Ye Olde Water Cistern
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Lamb House
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Rye Gun Garden
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Camber Castle
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Mermaid Street & surrounds
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The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
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Shop with a difference.
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Ypres Tower
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Pub Grub
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Go to "Rye old books"
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Local fare...how about some evil mutton?
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Ham St, Appledor, Rye
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Cod n chips twice please - and a pickled egg
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LOOK FOR THIS DOOR!
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ST.MARY'S CHURCH
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YPRES TOWER AND MUSEUM
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GREAT SCONES AND CAKES
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MERMAID INN
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A fairytale castle
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Just because...
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Steep lanes and cobble stones
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Wandering..browsing and wandering some more
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Quaint little tea rooms
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Lamb House
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A pub with real atmosphere
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