"Historic Sussex Town on the Kent Border" Top 5 Page for this destination Rye by zadunajska8
Rye Travel Guide: 94 reviews and 265 photos
Rye is a pretty and quaint little town in the Marshes along the Kent/Sussex Border. It was one of the ancient Cinque Ports which were vital to the economic success of medieval England. It has also been a hot bed of smuggling in the past. The centre of this small town is located on a hill and is filled with narrow streets lined with olde worlde buildings and still has a number of distinctive local buisnesses with local flavour such as local bakers etc.
Rye has a number of attractions in the town and all are within a short walk from the train station, the walk up the hill is quite steep however. The town used to be surrounded by walls and had 4 gates. Now only one - Landgate - survives. There are other remnants of the fortifications such as the Ypres tower. The town also has a couple of pleasant churches and museums and some excellent views out accross the surrounding low laying countryside.
On e of my favourite attractions is actually out of town. It's Camber Castle which is a tudor artillary fort out in the fields of the Rye Harbour nature reserve. You can't drive to it, you have to walk, and this is part of the appeal I think.
- Pros:Lovely quaint old town
- Cons:Train connections aren't great
- In a nutshell:Pretty little town worth a day trip in summer
The Landgate is the one surviving gate of the original four in the medieval defensive walls of the town of Rye. There is... more travel advice
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