About Rye in East Sussex

Rye is a small historic town at the eastern end of Sussex. It is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Rother, Brede and Tillingham and now lies some 2 miles from the mouth of the River Rother. The population of Rye Town has remained little changed over the past sixty years at some 4,500, but with the contiguous parts of Rye Foreign and Playden, its population rises to over 5,000. Rye Harbour has a further 500 permanent residents.  See Rother Council website for more facts and figures.

Visitor Information

Rye is a thriving picturesque hilltop town which is rich in history.  With its cobbled streets, mix of architectural styles, independent shops, galleries and surrounding coast and country, it is a wonderful place to visit or hold a special celebration. See Visit Rye for more information.

Mermaid Street – David Purdie Gallery

Rye Neighbourhood Plan

Rye Town Council, having taken soundings, has developed a neighbourhood plan to provide the community with ownership of planning policies affecting the Rye area. The community will decide what it wants to achieve in the area. Find out more

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