Rye is perched on top of a hill with stunning views across the Romney Marshes. This distinctive medieval gem of the Cinque Ports is the perfect place to spend time during your holiday. Wandering along the sloping cobbled streets and browsing around the many arts and crafts shops and quaint cafes, you will feel suspended in time. The medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses give the whole town a wonderful unhurried atmosphere. Rye is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area including the fabulous Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour, the unearthly yet bewitching Dungeness, and the famous dunes and golden sandy beach at Camber Sands.
Rye has very good amenities but it is well known for its large selection of antique shops. Well placed for the Sussex coast it is also close to several places of historical interest. For centuries, Rye was an island and its only land connection at high tide to the mainland was through the Landgate Arch. Winchelsea Church, which incorporates sections of the 12th century monastery of Greyfriars, is also worth stopping by as it’s very photogenic.
Many annual events take place in the citadel of Rye and visitors return year upon year. Try the Rye Festival in September, the Rye Bonfire in November, the Rye Society of Artist's Summer Exhibition, the Rye Sea Pageant in October and Rye Bay Scallops Week in January. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained!
For further ideas, why not look for somewhere to stay in and around Rye? We have a great collection of Rye cottages, holiday homes and self-catering accommodation to choose from.