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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?

  • Antique and Book Fair

    Sunday 22nd May @ 9:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of stalls offering Pottery, Glass ware, Ceramics, Toys, Mirrors, Jewellery, Clocks, Books, Postcards, Artwork, Curios, Prints, Model Cars, Retro, ... more

  • Click 'n' Stich

    Wednesday 25th May for 13 days
    Location: Rye

    Carol is a mixed media artist, creating hand painted, stitched and embellished original textile pictures, whilst Nigel does photography, focusing ... more

  • Rye Bonfire Auction of Promises

    Thursday 26th May
    Location: Rye

    RYE & DISTRICT BONFIRE SOCIETY AUCTION OF PROMISES, ANTIQUES AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS on Thursday, 26 May 2022 at the Tudor ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Friday 3rd June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Saturday 4th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Sunday 5th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Friday 10th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Saturday 11th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Wednesday 15th June
    Location: Rye

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

  • Antony & Cleopatra

    Thursday 16th June
    Location: Rye

    Antony & Cleopatra was first shortlisted as the autumn production for 2015 and then was postponed during the pandemic in ... more

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