Castles, smugglers tales, secret tunnels and famous authors give Rye its unique charm and character.
Rye has a colourful history with a fascinating story to tell.
From a Cinque port built to defend the nation to a smugglers haven.
Visit gallaries, restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, quirky shops and much more.
All just a 5 minute walk away from Rye Red Cottage.
But don't forget to enjoy nature. Rye is blessed with stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and sandy beaches.
Step back in time & explore the ancient town of Rye.
Wander the cobbled streets of Rye's medieval citadel filled with ancient reminders of the past.
Walk outside our front door and you are at the start of two lovely walks; one along a river and the other up a hill that offers impressive views of our countryside and of the distinctive profile of Rye Town.
Or head into the medieval walled town of Rye just 5 minutes walk away… and climb up the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church that overlooks the town. Next door to the church just above the gun garden you will find the 14th-century Ypres Tower, which formed part of Rye’s defences.
Rye has a plethora of eating establishments, from fine dining to fantastic pub grub and with many using locally sourced ingredients. It’s a never-ending challenge to review each of them but in our blog, you will find maps and a guide to many of the places to eat in town.
Visit our wonderful Heritage Centre where the staff are so helpful and knowledgeable about Rye and the surrounding attractions.
There you will find our impressive and fascinating town model that depicts Rye how it was in 1835. While you are there why not play the old penny amusements and see what entertained past generations at the seaside.
You can also go on a Ghost Tour of Rye…if you dare!
Whenever you visit there is always something going on in and around Rye.
Explore Rye with walks and local attractions.
RYE FOR ALL SEASONS
The Kino Rye is a multi-award-winning cinema with an interesting story that is worthy of a film itself. The seats are a feature of the Kino because not only are they so spacious and comfortable but they also have a dedicated holder for the drink of your choice which you can bring in from the licensed cafe/bar, a wonderful venue in its own right. Great food, great ambience.
Just a stone’s throw away we have a leisure centre that hoasts a 25-metre swimming pool. If you’re looking for a gym Rye also has a well equipped 24-hour gym where visitors can enter as drop-ins.
Our surrounding countryside is a walker’s haven with footpaths cutting through Romney Marsh, seaside ways and nature reserves. Please feel free to bring your bikes as we have safe storage available. You can also hire bikes and e-bikes and they will drop them off and collect them from us here.
EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS
For those who want to go further afield, we are surrounded by famous and captivating coastline and gardens. For avid gardeners, we are a short drive from the famous Great Dixter house and gardens. Beyond that one of the 7 gardens of the world ‘Sissinghurst’ is open for the public to explore. Other nearby horticultural attractions include Scotney Castle & Gardens and Solemans.
For beach lovers, it’s possible to bike (or walk) to Camber Sands and enjoy the miles of golden sands and sand dunes. Here you can take up a spot of kite-surfing or paddleboarding. If the beach is not your thing you can also try rye watersports which have even more activities for you to try.
Rye Harbour nature reserve is always alive with rare birds. And if you find the right path you can find the elusive but grand Camber Castle (not in camber!) built by Henry VIII.
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