Lots of history and interesting little places to discover
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Historic town well worth a visit!
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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!more
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,...more
A beautiful place to stay. Quiet and very clean. Parking is somewhat limited but there is parking by...more
On our visit to Rye a freind suggested this B & B. The place is very nice, well decorated and clean....more
We chose their four poster room for our romantic weekend away, and we weren't remotely disappointed....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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,...more