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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?

  • A Walk Around Historic Rye

    Thursday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • Murder in a Seaside Town - Thomas Mogford

    Thursday 29th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The author Thomas Mogford talks about his series of crime novels set around the Mediterranean basin all featuring his Gibraltarian ... more

  • Wihan String Quartet

    Thursday 29th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    A welcome return to the Rye Arts Festival by this Czech string quartet who specialise in the music written by ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th September @ 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

  • A Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

  • Hand of Genius - Graham Short

    Friday 30th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A. talk by the micro-engraver who celebrated the 90th birthday of our monarch by creating the smallest portrait of Elizabeth ... more

  • The Black Velvets

    Friday 30th September
    Location: Rye

    A heart-melting Acoustic Duo from London Entrance: FREE. A classic mixture of warm Guitar strings, ethereal Vocal Harmonies and soaring ... more

  • Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers

    Friday 30th September @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A concert in two parts - singer/storyteller Rory McLeod does a solo first half and is then joined on stage ... more

  • Fabulous Red Diesel

    Friday 30th September @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Fabulous Red Diesel playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Camber Castle Walk

    Saturday 1st October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Join Dr Barry Yates on a guided tour of the Nature Reserve and Camber Castle in which he looks at ... more

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