An Historic Town
Ancient stone defences, cobbled streets, half timbered buildings, narrow alleyways – Rye has all of these and more. The view from the top of the 12th century St Mary’s Church tower reveals a town that has changed little since its days as one of the Cinque Ports – even if the sea no longer laps at the foot of the small hill on which Rye sits.
Where to Visit in Rye
Rye’s compact town centre is perfect for leisurely exploration, whilst guided tours are also available. Attractions to visit include the sound and light display of the Town Model at the Heritage Centre; Ypres Tower and the Rye Castle Museum; Lamb House – the former home of Authors Henry James and E F Benson, now owned by the National Trust; Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Camber Castle and the Rye Art Gallery.
…And What To Do
Rye’s eclectic mix of antique shops, book shops, gift shops and high street stores make for a delightful place to spend some time, whether browsing or buying. If the weather is inclement there is always the Kino cinema. On Thursdays, visit the locally renowned Market, or the Farmers’ Market which is held every Wednesday. For the energetic, Rye’s public swimming pool is just a few minutes walk from Little Saltcote, whilst we can also arrange a game of tennis or squash at the local tennis club for our guests. Or simply wander through the charming streets of the town, looking at the views and taking photographs.
Special events not to be missed include the Scallop festival in February, the Jazz festival in August, the Rye Festival of Music and Arts in September, and the Rye Bonfire Weekend in November.
Eating and drinking in Rye provides for a variety of enticing experiences – whether in one of many tea shops, old inns or fine restaurants, all tastes and budgets are amply catered for.
For whichever of the very many reasons you may wish to visit Rye, remember that all of its attractions are within easy walking distance of Little Saltcote.
Why Rye? Rye is the perfect base from which to explore some of the most attractive landscapes to be found in Britain. The downlands of the North and South Downs and the Weald, the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters to the west and Dover to the east, the flat expanses of the Romney Marshes – all of these are within easy range from Rye. Everything from hidden villages, quiet country lanes, peaceful rivers and country inns via the delights of wide open sandy beaches to the cosmopolitan attractions of resort towns such as Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne ensures that the area around Rye has something to appeal to all tastes and all ages.
Attractions and Distractions
Just a few of the historic sites to visit from Rye include: Great Dixter House and Gardens; Bodiam Castle [NT]; Battle Abbey; Sissinghurst Gardens [NT]; Scotney Castle and Gardens [NT]; Pevensey Castle; Herstmonceux Castle Gardens; Leeds Castle; Ellen Terry’s home at Smallhythe Place [NT] and Kipling’s home Bateman’s [NT] at Burwash.
Other attractions nearby include the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway; the Kent and East Sussex Railway; Bewl Water; Port Lympne Zoo Park; Hastings Sealife Centre; Pashley Manor Gardens; Tenterden Vineyard; Rare Breeds Centre at Woodchurch; and Chapel Down Vineyard at Tenterden.
Rye is a centre for wonderful local walks of all distances, and is situated on the routes of the Saxon Shore walk, the High Weald Country walk and the 1066 Country walk. Cyclists will also find Rye to be a great stopover point. Birdwatchers will want to come to Rye especially to visit nearby Dungeness Nature Reserve. Or why not just relax and unwind on one of the nearby beaches at Camber or Winchelsea, before returning to all the delights that together make up the town of Rye.