Medieval Gem of the Cinque Ports

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought only existed in your imagination. Almost suspended in time, Rye's unhurried atmosphere and enchanting streets draw visitors with their warm welcome.

For over 100 years Rye has been famous for its bohemian approach to life, which thrives today. Art Galleries sell works by local artists and potters, and shopkeepers pride themselves on their diversity of Sussex crafts and produce. Its a place where things are done a little differently; The Quarter boys on the old church tower doesn' t strike on the hour but on the quarter. Meramid Street is peppered with ancient buildings, with unusual names such a 'The House Opposite' or 'The House with the Seat'. Even the Sea is a little wayward - it retreated from the town centuries ago, leaving Rye a seaside town where the sea is almost two miles away...

Close by are the fine sands at Camber as well as picturesque villages such as the 13th century, 'Ancient Town' of Winchelsea. In the surroundings area there are also stately homes, castles, gardens and vineyards to explore, including the Natioanl Trust property of Smallhythe Place, home of Ellen Terry.

Rye is small enough to make you feel at home almost straight away but holds enough secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer. When you are in need of treat or want to escape the pressures of modern life, come to Rye. With only 5000 inhabitants, it retains a village atmosphere and old-fashioned values with a large dose of magic!

How to get here

By Train

The fast trains depart from King Cross St Pancras every half hour to Ashford International (journey time 35minutes), changing at Ashford International for Rye.

Or trains depart from London Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East (change at Ashford International for Rye). Trains also depart from London Victoria and Gatwick airport (change at Hastings for Rye)

Rail information: 08457 484 950,

By Road

Rye is situated on the A259 between Hastings to the west and Folkestone to the east and on the A268 from the north. Visit for a detailed route planner to Rye.

From London/M25 take M20 to J10 and the A2070 (Brenzet).

"Lamb House is steeped in History and surrounded by beauty. From the delightful cobbled street that leads to the house, to the picture perfect walled garden. I can't think of a better place to go and watch a play". Sarah Parish.- Actress