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About Rye

About Rye

If sea and scenic nature are the ingredients for your perfect holiday then consider Rye, a beautiful seaside town in East Sussex. Set amidst Rother District, it’s just 2 miles from the sea, at the confluence of Rother, Tillingham, and Brede rivers. In the mediaeval era, Rye enjoyed an influential position in the Cinque Ports confederation, and Rye harbour still has facilities for docking yachts and other boats. You can travel to Rye by train from Ashford International and Brighton. Both these stations have connectivity to London.

While visiting Rye, explore Rye Castle, which is also known as Ypres Tower. Henry III gave instructions to build this castle to defend against the French invasion in 1249 AD. Locals call it Wipers Tower, and it served as a private house, prison, and even a mortuary in the early days. Today, the administration has converted it into Rye Castle Museum, housing exhibits about the town’s history. Marvel at rare smuggler’s lamps and a model of the changing shoreline of the area.

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What to see in Rye

A holiday in Rye is never complete without a visit to St Mary’s Church, built 900 years ago. This place of worship is a dominating structure in the old town. Climb the church tower to see the clock, installed in 1561. It is one of the oldest functioning church clocks in England, and the swinging pendulum was added much later.

Nature and animal lovers will love exploring the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, near the river Rother, home to over 280 species of birds. From Rye train station, a bus will take you to 475 hectares of wetlands, reedbeds, and coastline. It was voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016. A network of paths amidst gravel pits and lagoons will take you to a historic ‘red hut’.

Be enthralled by the Lamb House, which has inspired writers and artists for ages. Currently, the building is owned by the National Trust. Famous American author Henry James wrote three novels while residing in this mansion, and the Mapp and Lucia author, E.F. Benson, also lived at this property for a brief period while penning some of his masterpieces.

Where to stay in Rye

Families holidaying here can book a hotel in Rye near the town centre, on High Street. From here you'll be able to visit the area's attractions, including St. Mary's Parish Church, Lamb House, and Ypres Tower Museum, which are within walking distance. You’ll find numerous art galleries, like Art and Soul Gallery, Craft Magic and Rye Art Gallery, just a stone’s throw from your accommodation. A cheap hotel along Winchelsea Road will allow you to stay along River Brede and close to the train station and the town centre.

If you’re travelling on a budget then consider booking a cheap hotel in Rye near the Cinque Ports Street. This area is close to the Rye Heritage Centre and Rye Market, home to restaurants, shopping streets, ice cream parlours, pubs and more.

For something more romantic, book a bed and breakfast outside of town near Winchelsea beach, where you can walk past the lush green countryside to the seaside.

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