Thursday, August 16 2018

Visitor Information

Visit Rye Collage

Once a Cinque Port, Rye is a historic market town with picturesque lanes and alleys, and some lovely old Tudor buildings.  A couple of miles from the sea, it lies at the confluence of three rivers, but still has its own little harbour and fishing fleet. It’s a perfect base for from which to enjoy the architecture in the cobbled streets, browse the independent shops, eat or drink in the vast range of restaurants and bars,  or explore the area’s abundant flora and fauna.

Festivals coming up soon:

Rye Society of Artists – 25th March to 23rd April 2017

Rye Society of Artists Exhibition at the Rye Art Gallery.  Dates of the Summer Exhibition will follow.

Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival – May 2017

See Rye Jazz for this year’s line up.

Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival – June 2017

The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival aims to bring world-class musicians to this small corner of rural East Sussex allowing audiences to enjoy international chamber music on their doorstep. With nine concerts over four days, it is a significant event in the regional cultural calendar.

Rye Arts Festival – 16th to 30th September 2017

The Rye Arts Festival 2017 will be launched in July and will have a mixed programme of literary events, classical concerts, contemporary music, drama, walks, talks and special events. Rye Arts Festival. Rye News will be previewing the Rye Arts Festival events.  Sign up here to receive email alerts.

Wild Boar Week -22nd to 30th October 2017

A celebration of game in Rye. Restaurants will be showcasing an array of gamey treats including Mallard, Partridge Pheasant, Rabbit and Venison. See

Rye Bonfire Night – November 2017

Every year Rye Bonfire Society organises a fantastic celebration which includes processions through the streets of Rye and a large bonfire and fireworks at the Salts. See Programme here

Rye Scallop Festival – February 2018

Rye Bay scallops are served in many restaurants in the area throughout the scallop season but during the Rye Scallop Festival you will find a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs offering special meals, demonstrations and tastings.  Don’t miss it next year. Scallop Festival –  February 2018

Rye Visitor Attractions

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Rye Heritage Centre

The Rye Heritage Centre and Information Centre provides an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show. Historic Walking Tours are  available for hire, with guided ghost and historic tours available on selected dates during the year. Rye Heritage Centre

Kino Cinema

State-of-the-art digital high definition projection and sound equipment to ensure the highest quality viewing experience situated in the heart of the old Town. Kino Cinema

Lamb House Home of  Henry James

Visit the house lived in and loved by Henry James and E F Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia series. Now owned by the National Trust the house and garden are open to the public (check website for times). Lamb House

Mapp & Lucia Tours

Take a guided walk round Rye, looking at the houses and places associated with Mapp and Lucia novels, taking in the houses used in the BBC TV series. Mapp & Lucia Tours

Rye Art Gallery

Home to an inspiring display of regularly changing contemporary art and craft, a fine Permanent Collection of national importance. Rye Art Gallery

Rye Museum

Discover Rye’s rich history at the Rye Museum.  A regular programme of talks is held. Rye Museum

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Discover the wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats – shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reed beds. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

St Mary’s Church, Rye

A 900 year old church which has the oldest working church tower clock in the country.  Enjoy views of Rye, over the Marshes and out to sea,  from the Church Tower. St Mary’s Church- Views from the Church Tower

Shops in Rye

Rye takes pride in the number of creative and indepent shops.  See Shops in Rye for previous features which will give you a flavour of the interesting and special shops in the High Street and surrounding streets.

Coastal Art Trail

The Coastal Culture Trail is 20 miles of beautiful coastline.  Start with the Rye Gallery in the High Street, home to an inspiring display of regularly changing contemporary art and craft, a fine Permanent Collection of national importance and a full programme of supporting talks, workshops and community activities. The gallery is housed in two listed heritage buildings joined together by an award-winning glass link.

Then take the train from Rye station to visit three first class award-winning contemporary coastal galleries.  First stop Hastings  for the Jerwood Gallery Hastings, then Bexhill for the De La Warr Pavilion and finally Towner Gallery Eastbourne.

Accommodation in Rye

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Visit Rye Bay

A Guide to visiting Rye (downloadable brochure with accommodation and tourist information).  Visit Rye Bay 

Rye Guide

A graded accommodation run by Hotel & Caterers Group) Rye Guide

Rye Sussex

Town Guide and Travel Information. Rye Sussex

Visit 1066 Country

Visitor guide to Rye and surrounding areas.Visit 1066 Country

Getting to Rye


Rye has a station in the town with trains running to London Waterloo, London St Pancras and London Victoria via Ashford International.  In the other direction trains run to Hastings, Bexhill Eastbourne and Brighton.  See National Rail to check times of trains and buy tickets.


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