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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?

  • Woodland Birds

    Friday 24th March
    Location: Iden

    The AGM is usually a short affair, which will be followed by Melvin Smith’s talk on Woodland Birds. Iden Natural ... more

  • An Evening with Dom Pipkin

    Friday 24th March
    Location: Rye

    An evening with Dom Pipkin - Solo New Orleans Jazz Piano Singer / Songwriter / Pianist at the Grapevine. The ... more

  • Ticket to Rye

    Saturday 25th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Take a trip through Richard Adams’s whimsical and enchanting pastel works on paper. Come and enjoy this popular and much ... more

  • Drawings from the Collection

    Saturday 25th March for 46 days
    Location: Rye

    A selection of drawings in different media. Charcoal, ink, pencil and paint in Gallery 6 at Rye Art Gallery. ... more

  • Rye Society of Artists

    Saturday 25th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    The society returns to Rye Art Gallery in this varied and innovative show. Local artists of both of national and ... more

  • Spring Beach Clean

    Saturday 25th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Look out for the first Wheatears and Sandwich terns of the year while helping to remove the rubbish blown in ... more

  • An Evening with Mick Bolton

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Rye

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

  • Mother’s Day Carvery

    Sunday 26th March @ noon
    Location: Winchelsea

    We are now taking bookings for Mother’s Day carvery on Sunday 26 March. Booking is essential as this is one ... more

  • Rye-Citadel

    Sunday 26th March
    Location: Rye

    Alisdair Kitchen will accompany William Wallace (tenor), who was a memorably sinister Quint in Euphonia’s 2016 Rye Arts Festival at ... more

  • Live Music & Jazz At The Grapevine Rye

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

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

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