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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?

  • Christmas Craft Fair

    Saturday 18th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Beckley Pre- School and Northiam Nursery. Venue: Beckley Village Centre. ... more

  • Attic Sale

    Saturday 18th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Residents invite you to our Attic Sale. Free Admission For further information or hire a table, Please contact: 07976423934 ... more

  • The Spanish Pyrenees

    Saturday 18th November @ 2:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Part of the Friends Winter Talk series: Departing from his usual haunts around the local area near Rye, Colin Page ... more

  • Guided Ghost Walk of Rye

    Saturday 18th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient streets of Rye after dark with the Deputy Town Cryer. Hear tales of ... more

  • The Elysian Centre Festive Fair

    Sunday 19th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Come and join us for some seasonal shopping at The Elysian Centre in Cinque Ports Street, Rye. Gifts for everyone ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 24th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Winter Salon

    Friday 24th November @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This year Rye Creative Centre held an open call for visual artists across the UK and Europe. The response from ... more

  • Aladdin the Pantomime

    Friday 24th November for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Acting Up in Rye presents Aladdin. Be prepared to be transported from the streets of Peking to the mountains of ... more

  • Beginners Birds - Winter Waders

    Saturday 25th November @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Get to grips with those tricky winter waders with this short course for beginner birdwatchers. Binoculars and field guides available ... more

  • Guided Ghost Walk of Rye

    Saturday 25th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient streets of Rye after dark with the Deputy Town Cryer. Hear tales of ... more

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