About Rye

The pretty, medieval town of Rye rises from the flat Romney Marshes to reveal its self in all its glory! Once a bustling port, its history harks back to times when smugglers walked the streets and secrets and tales were a constant whisper. As you wander the cobbled streets you will discover beautiful listed buildings, secret passages and monuments that date back to times when the town had to defend itself against attacks from the sea. To get your bearing visit the Heritage Centre, and watch the ‘Sound and Light’ show, which details the history and the colourful past of the town and its inhabitants or purchase one of the audio walking tours.

Thankfully the town has moved into the modern era whilst still retaining its old school charms. Today you will find a vibrant creative community, with many galleries, art and photographic outlets. The High Street boasts an array of independent boutiques, antiques, artisan goods, delicatessen, traditional sweet shop, home wares and some of the well known high street brands. Spoilt for choice with many eateries to suit all tastes and budgets and ample pubs, most with welcoming open fires and serving a choice of locally sourced ingredients throughout the year.

Rye Nature Reserve is close by and is a haven for wildlife and is the perfect place to walk and enjoy sea views, wetlands and big open wide spaces. You can choose to walk out to Camber Castle, originally located on a shingle spit and where once, it protected the towns of Rye and Winchelsea, before the sea receded.

There is something happening most months, from food festivals to arts and music, whether you are looking for a weekend break or full weeks stay, Rye will delight and make you want more!