Places to visit…
A beautifully picturesque town made up of quaint, cobbled streets, dating back to the 15th century.
Rye is enjoying a resurgence with multiple new and interesting shops and restaurants opening up, along with the existing number of antique shops. Perfect for buying gifts or decking out your home with new finds. There are numerous places to eat and drink from tea rooms to the best fish and chips the UK has to offer.
The most charming street of all has to be Mermaid Street, pictured here with its half-timbered and Tudor houses framing the cobbled street is well known from many film locations.
Ypres Tower is open every day from 10.30am until 5pm. Adults, £4; children, free. Rye Museum.
St Mary’s Church - Climb the clock tower for lovely views. Open every day, weather permitting.
Lamb House - Home of the authors Henry James & E F Benson. Mapp and Lucia are set in Rye named as ‘Tilling”. See National Trust for details and opening times
The beach at Camber must be one of the best sandy beaches in the UK, equal to anything in Devon & Cornwall. Five miles of uninterrupted golden sand, beautiful grass fringed dunes and enormous skies.
Despite it’s popularity there is always a quiet place to be found on this unspoilt beach. Sand & sand dunes are unusual and here you have masses of both. Check the link for more info:
Check Magic Seaweed for daily tide times to make sure you get the best use of the beach at both high and low tide. Dogs are allowed on restricted zones.
RYe harbour nature reserve
One of the most important conservation sites in Britain, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A fantastic walk by Rye Harbour is a must for bird watchers. Here is a mosaic of coastal habitats - shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reed beds. Explore its changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea.
Camber Castle - Henry XIII castle lies between the nature reserve of Rye and Winchelsea. Check the link for opening times and guided tours.
Dungeness Nature Reserve - unique in that it has no boundaries, a desolate landscape but possessing a rich and diverse wildlife in one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world.
Bodium Castle - 14th Century moated castle near Robertsbridge. Well worth a visit.