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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?

  • Salts Farm Book Group

    Thursday 26th April
    Location: East Guldeford

    Salts Farm Book Group meets on the last Thursday of the month in the cafe area of Salts Farm Shop. ... more

  • WI Evening Group

    Thursday 26th April
    Location: Playden

    Information evening for a possible new evening WI, open to all women 18 and above living or working in Playden/Rye ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Dutch King’s Day with Mr Stone

    Friday 27th April
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Enjoy some live music from Mr Stone and the gang, with some overseas specialities & snacks (maybe even some spirits...) ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Saturday 28th April
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • Walking, Talking and Drawing at Rye Art Gallery

    Sunday 29th April
    Location: Rye

    Walking, Talking and Drawing at Rye Art Gallery. Using the wonderful Stormont Studio at the Gallery as a base, Denise ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 29th April
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • The School of Wizards

    Sunday 29th April @ noon
    Location: Rye

    Night of the Bloodwolf Scare level 8 (10 high) Ages 7 to adult Something scary in the night, creatures howling ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 30th April
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group for the Rye Bonfire Society. Join us in The Bedford Arms for some drumming practice ... more

  • Winchelsea Open Gardens

    Tuesday 1st May @ 10:30am
    Location: Winchelsea

    Eight beautiful gardens open in Wichelsea offering herbaceous borders, strawberry teas, Victorian rockery, water features and more. Proceeds in aid ... more

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