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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?

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital) gates open at ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 30th May
    Location: Rye

    An evening of drinks and dining, with outstanding live music from the Jazznights Ensemble featuring Paul Zec (sax), Frances Knight ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 31st May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Multi Market

    Friday 31st May @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Stalls of all kinds including Arts, Crafts, Metal work, cakes bakes, Knitting, All hand made. Café open for afternoon teas ... more

  • Mini Food Market

    Saturday 1st June @ noon
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Mini Food Market Homemade food is on offer including Bakes, Cakes, Jams Chutneys, Breads, cheeses, fruit & ... more

  • New Horizons by Andrew Blyth

    Wednesday 5th June for 13 days
    Location: Rye

    Red Door is delighted to welcome back Andrew Blyth for his second solo show entitled 'New Horizons'. Andrew is a ... more

  • Rye Country Market

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

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • South East Open Studios

    Friday 7th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Terence Ayling will be opening The White House Studio in Dixter Road Northiam as part of this year's South East ... more

  • Music for a Summer Evening

    Saturday 8th June
    Location: Northiam

    From Glyndbourne and The Royal Opera House, Thomasin Trezise returns to Northiam with an evening of music from Opera, Choral ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 14th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

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