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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.

Other Towns and Villages Near Rye

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What's On in Rye?

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 4th August @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Minibeasts

    Wednesday 5th August @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. Approx 1 mile. Suitable for all ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 6th August @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Thursday Market runs "every" Thursday Winter and Summer - for all your Home Goods, Groceries, Fruit and Veg, Malpass ... more

  • Rye Creative Stitchers August Meeting

    Thursday 6th August @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A ribbonwork mini workshop with Shelley Cox at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. Materials provided, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 8th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts more than 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only by Southampton and Norwich. Most of the cellars are ... more

  • Caught in a Trap

    Sunday 9th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Another chance to find out about the huge variety of moths we find at the nature reserve when Chris opens ... more

  • Rockpool Ramble

    Sunday 9th August @ 2:30pm
    Location: Pett Level

    Explore the shore at Pett Level with a search in the rockpools for fascinating marine creatures. Please wear wellies or ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 11th August @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Mud, Mud Glorious Mud

    Wednesday 12th August @ 2:30pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Explore the saltmarsh looking for crabs and minibeasts hiding in the mud. Wellies and old clothes advisable! Suitable for all ... more

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