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
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 http://wildboar.org.uk/
Rye Bonfire Night – November 2017
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
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
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
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
A graded accommodation run by Hotel & Caterers Group) Rye Guide
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.