Rye (England)

Rye is a town in East Sussex.

Rye on a rainy afternoon
Gibbet Mill

Get in

By train

Trains run directly from Ashford International and Brighton with trains to London calling at both stations. Times for trains anywhere to Rye from anywhere in the UK can be found on the National Rail website [www.nationalrail.co.uk].

By bus

There are buses from Hastings and Dover, the timetable can be found here .

Get around

Rye can be easily explored on foot. However, it may be worth taking the bus to Camber to see the local sandy beach or finding a bicycle to go down Harbour Road to explore the Harbor mouth and local bird reserve.


The docks by the river; Rye Castle (with Ypres Tower).

Rye also has a 12th-century church, overlooking the town.

The old town town centre is very picturesque with its extreme cobblestone roads (ensure you wear sensible shoes), its many timber-framed houses, and the occasional traditional—though now slightly touristy—tearooms where you can enjoy cream tea.

There are many places which overlook the local scenery, from Rye Castle you can see out to Dungeness. Recently wind turbines have been placed near to Rye, which has changed the nature of the landscape.


Ypres Tower


Rye has a wide variety of shops, from wool to antiques and from art galleries to tea rooms there is something for most people. There are also several shops which sell local Sussex produce. Most of the shops can be found on the main High Street, although there are also several pleasant shops near the docks.

Rye has a lively market most Thursday mornings selling a variety of goods.


There is a wide range of eatteries in and around Rye.


Old Rye Grammar School, built in 1636

Other Pubs


Go next

Visit some of the other Cinque Ports, or the Hythe and Dymchurch Miniature Railway. To the west Hastings, Eastborne and Brighton are reachable by direct train.

Near Rye passes the National Cycle Network, and you can hire a pushbike from "Rye Hire" near the rail station (friendly service, bikes in good condition, and come with a lock). Sadly the designated cycle paths are not always well signposted, or consist of paths with quite large rubble; you will have to show some determination. But it's fairly flat ground around Rye (although town centre is on a small hill), so for the non-driver this is an alternative to buses.

Ten minutes drive or bicycle from Rye is the beach town of Camber Sands (see discovercambersands.com) which has the longest sandy beaches on the south coast of England. It becomes very popular in the summer months when English people take to the beaches in search of sun.

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