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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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What's On in Rye?

  • Sewing Room Sort Out Sale

    Tuesday 16th February @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Sale of fabric pieces for sale at bargain prices. From Laura Ashley patchwork pieces to curtain weight and upholstery fabric ... more

  • Painted Parodies

    Tuesday 16th February @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Painted Parodies a talk by Andrew Ashton - a fascinating look at how well-known and well loved artworks are exploited ... more

  • Acting Up Club Night

    Tuesday 16th February
    Location: Rye

    Please come and join us for a cuppa and chat, read a play or discuss our forthcoming events at the ... more

  • St Michael's Hospice Big Pub Quiz

    Wednesday 17th February
    Location: Rye

    Tables of 6 per team - spaces limited so book as soon as possible 01797 223248. ... more

  • Brede High Woods Annual Meeting

    Thursday 18th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Brede

    Join the Woodland Trust team for some refreshments, share your views about the woods and hear our plans for 2016. ... more

  • 5 Course Tasting Menu at Webbe's

    Friday 19th February for 10 days
    Location: Rye

    Five Course Rye Bay Taster Menu £42. Alongside our regular a la carte menu we will be offering a five-course ... more

  • Kangaroo Juice at the Ypres

    Friday 19th February @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Kangaroo Juice will playing at the Ypres Castle Inn. ... more

  • Kangaroo Juice

    Friday 19th February
    Location: Rye

    The Wipers - Live music events. ... more

  • Rye Bay Scallop Festival

    Saturday 20th February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Scallop Festival celebrates the scallop and there will be events during week - tasters, local restaurants will have ... more

  • Rye Bay Scallop Festival

    Saturday 20th February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Scallop Festival - a chance to enjoy seafood delights throughout the week as Rye restaurants serve scallops in ... more

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