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Rye in East Sussex

Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained.

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.

Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye.

St Mary's church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.

Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title "Rye Royale" was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay.

The sheer concentration of living history packed into this vibrant market town makes it the ideal base for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break. There are many comfortable, welcoming hotels and guest houses and plenty of charming inns and restaurants.

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  • Scallop Demonstation and 5 course Luncheon

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Drink on arrival and 2 glasses of Clos de Val Wine per person during a five course luncheon including coffee. ... more

  • Rye History Walks

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Fully guided Walks of the beautiful historic Citadel led by a knowledgeable local expert. Come and explore Rye’s fabulous streets ... more

  • Tatners at Olde Worlde Wines

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Kyle has gained a variety of cooking styles from his travels around the globe, from French cuisine to Asian street ... more

  • Race Night

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Beckley

    Race Night at the Rose and Crown - an opportunity to buy, name and race your own horse. Free entry, ... more

  • A Serving of Scallops and Sea Shanties

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Crew present a medley of scallops and music of the sea. Limited tickets available Ticket price TBC for ... more

  • An Evening with Mick Bolton

    Saturday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    An evening with Mick Bolton at the Grapevine. The Grapevine Rye, 1 Conduit Hill Rye, TN31 7LE ... more

  • Rye -Citals Concert

    Sunday 26th February
    Location: Rye

    Alisdair Kitchen, known to Rye audiences for his highly acclaimed operatic productions in the Rye Arts Festival, is instituting a ... more

  • Big Scallop Quiz at the Queen's Head Inn

    Sunday 26th February
    Location: Rye

    Big Scallop Quiz at the Queen's Head Inn. £1 per person entry Teams of no more than six. Winner takes ... more

  • Live Music & Jazz At The Grapevine Rye

    Sunday 26th February @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Steve Zakim at The Grapevine Rye 1 Conduit Hill, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7LE ... more

  • Fairtrade Fortnight

    Monday 27th February for 14 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye has been a Fairtrade Town for more than 10 years and, annually, partakes in the global celebrations that are ... more

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