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The Ancient Town of Rye

Rye is a beautiful little town on the Sussex-Kent borders (officially Sussex). As one of the Cinque Ports it had a history of smuggling, piracy and wrecking. The Cinque ports, Hastings, Dover, Romney Hythe, Rye were exempt from national taxation, had the right to rule themselves and had their own juducial system (in the 13th & 14th Century!!). .

Today Rye is a pretty little place full of interesting, arty, antique/junk shops, cafes, restaurants and lovely old pubs - each with their own stories of ghosts and smugglers.
It is an incredibly popular place with tourists from the continent (it is on route from Dover) and during the summer parking is at a premium (you can get here by train). Streets here are narrow and cobbled and steep.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of history and interesting little places to discover
  • Cons:It can get very very busy in the summer
  • In a nutshell:It's a nice day out
  • Last visit to Rye: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 2, 2008
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    It's a wonderful place to visit! I enjoyed reading your story and viewing your superb pictures! Thanks! ><><

  • Suzze's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Lovely pages on Rye Maria, was only there last week and was last there as a child, have never been back! I live in Kent so no excuse, had a wonderful afternoon there. What a wonderful historic place it is....

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Great updates on Rye! The word Rye makes me think of bread all the time ;)

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Glad you returned to Rye on such a lovely winters day : ) ps. popped back just in case ; )

  • ChrisnJan's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Great page Maria, missed out on visiting it today cause we spent so long at Camber but will be there again soon.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Fabulous updates here. :-)

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Great updates Maria. Will def meet up in Rye when the weather gets a little better x

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    ah just lovely - ta

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    "We buy junk. We sell antiques." -- Motto on a pickup truck in Virginia City, Nevada.

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 3:16 AM

    Another little discovery! Really liked the look of this quaint town and have added some of your tips to my travel planner for my 08 UK trip. How are you?... and thanks...

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