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Rye is an ideal base for walkers wishing to walk the “Saxon Shore Way”, the “Royal Military Canal Path” or the “1066 Country Walk”.


Camber Castle - an old castle built by Henry VIII
Rye Harbour - used for small scale imports
Rye Heritage Centre - gives information on the town and of things to do as well as housing the
Rye Town Model - sound and light show.
Rye Museum - including the Ypres Tower
Royal Military Canal
Camber Sands


Road – The town lies on the A259 south coast trunk road
Rail – The railway station is on the line between Ashford in Kent and Hastings.

Brief History

There was a port at Rye during Roman times; its main service was to ship out the iron that was produced in the settlements scattered along the Weald. At the time of the Saxon king Ethelread the town was gifted to Fecamp Abby in Normandy and so was important in the trading between England and Normandy. As such Rye was made a “Limb” of the “Cinque Ports. Extremely heavy storms in the 13th century cut off the town from the sea and Rye was lost forever as a major port. The Royal Military Canal was completed in 1809 and formed part of the defences against the threat of Napoleon.

Famous People

Paul McCartney – Rock Musician
Spike Milligan - Comedian
Monica and Gabriella Irimia – The Cheeky Girls
Neil Tennant – One of the Pet Shop Boys
Henry James – American Novelist

Approximate Population

Approximately 4,108 in 2007

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

Heritage Centre, Strand Quay, Rye TN31 7AY
Tel: +44 (0) 1797 226 696

Suggested Links

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Ypres Tower and The Salts, Rye
Ypres Tower and The Salts, Rye

Mermaid Street
Mermaid Street
Rye Windmill
Rye Windmill


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