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Rye

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?

  • Rye College GCSE Show

    Saturday 29th July for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Art Gallery’s annual event showcasing our local students' recent GCSE. work. Come and see this wonderfully energetic and creative ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 29th July
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • Garden Party in aid of MS Trust

    Saturday 29th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    We are holding a garden party in the Mariners back Garden in aid of the MS Trust. Tea and coffee ... more

  • Garden Party

    Saturday 29th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Garden Party at 15 High Street, Rye. Raffle, tombola, book stall, Ryebellion Drummers, Rye Ukulele Experiment, Rye Dance Centre and ... more

  • Winchelsea Secret Gardens

    Saturday 29th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea Secret Gardens in aid of ARRCC (Arts Health Well Being) Homemade cakes, tea, plant stall. ... more

  • Pett Flower Show and Craft Fayre

    Saturday 29th July
    Location: Pett

    Pett Flower Show and Craft Fayre - at Pett Recreation Ground. Brass Band, BBQ, Pimms and Beer Tent,Donkey Rides, Coconut ... more

  • Walk with a Warden

    Sunday 30th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    As the bird breeding season draws to a close and migrants start to pass south,come and look out for a ... more

  • Winchelsea Secret Gardens

    Monday 31st July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea Secret Gardens in aid of ARRCC (Arts Health Well Being) Homemade cakes, tea, plant stall. ... more

  • 4Networking Breakfast

    Wednesday 2nd August @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Networking breakfast for local business. ... more

  • Summer Crafts - Jungle Animals

    Wednesday 2nd August @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

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