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Rye is a small town located in East Sussex, England, around two miles from the open sea. Officially a civil parish, Rye has history associated with the sea, including being involved with smuggling gangs of the 18th and 19th centuries. The town features a number of hotels, guesthouses, B&B's and restaurants, as well as other attractions such as Rye Harbour, which has facilities for yachts and other vessels.

The town lies by the A268 and A259 roads, and is easily accessed by most avenues of transport. The Rye Castle Museum is located on two sites, in East Street and at the Ypres Castle and features a number of artefacts and information on the local history of the area.


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Rye is a local commercial centre for the Romney Marsh and Walland Marsh area as well as being a tourist spot. The Rye Farmers’ Market is popular amongst visitors and takes place on Strand Quay every Wednesday morning and the town also features a number of shops trading antiques, collectors' books and records, and has many art galleries.

Rye Castle Museum
This building was the town jail for over 300 years, but now it tells the history of the area and its people. (01797 226 728)

Smallhythe House
One of England most famous actresses, Dame Ellen Terry, lived and died here. There is lots of interesting memorabilia here pertaining to her wonderful life. Located 6 miles North of Rye. (01580 762 334)

Mermaid St
Go for a delightful walk along this street to vies the 15th century houses here with their unusual name plates

Church of St Mary
This ornate church originated in the mid 12th century. A highlight here, if you are energetic enough, is to climb the wooden stair case to the Bell Tower, you will be rewarded with a great view. (01797 224 935)

1066 Country Walk
If you are up to a 31 mile walk this is a great one to take. The track goes from Rye to Battle and joins up with the South Downs Way.

Lamb House
Some of Henry James books were penned in this house due to the fact her lived here between 1898 and 1916. The house if full of momentoes of his life and work. Located in West Street. (01892 226 728)







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