The best things do in Rye, East Sussex – by a local


This quintessential English town, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, and is packed with prettiness, quirk and general gorgeousness.

This gate has a chamber across the top and two towers, also but once had a portcullis and a drawbridge. Cars still pass under the narrow archway today.

The Landgate in Rye

Known as ‘Wipers’ tower by locals, also worth a climb to take in the views over the town and out to the estuary of the river Rother and the sea.

Rye Castle Museum and Ypres Tower

St Mary’s church tower is open to visitors to climb to the top turret to see the clock mechanism, the bells and wonderful views of Rye rooftops and the surrounding countryside.

St Mary’s Church, Rye

Rye is in the heart of English wine country with some fabulous boutique vineyards on the doorstep.

Wine Tours in Rye

A visit to Rye wouldn’t be complete without shopping in its raft of indie boutiques, shops and galleries.

Independent shops in Rye

Kino has state-of-the-art, digital high definition projectors and sound equipment. The larger of the two seats 96 and the other just 48.

Kino Boutique Cinema

Head over to Rye Harbour, which runs alongside the river Rother. If you’re lucky you might spot a seal.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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