Visit Rye East Sussex


Visit Rye Bay
The home of Mapp and Lucia

Rye is always popular, the winter is no less impressive. Restaurants are open as usual but staff shortages mean it is well worth booking everything in advance. 

Christmas was lovely with many retailers and accommodation providers making additional efforts for visitors of all ages. Book your Christmas 2023 stay as soon as you can.

The Rye Bay Scallop Festival ran from the 18th to 26th of February, Scallops of course are already on the menu of many restaurants and some of the greatest places to stay will present them for breakfast at a modest additional cost if requested. Our local restaurants get busy quickly so early booking is advisable.

Know before you go is still a good idea.
Lateral flow tests are still a good idea and easily available from many chemists as well as they generally arrive the next day and can also be picked up at your local chemist.

Where to stay in Rye
Great places to eat in Rye

Did you hear about Shakespeare in Rye as seen on the BBC ?

Make your restaurant reservations well in advance

Images of Rye Sussex

Courtesy of Local resident and keen photographer Tony Ham

Courtesy of Bev Ham local resident out walking her dog with a camera

Courtesy of James Tomlinson and Rye and District Camera Club

James Tomlinson Rye at Christmas

Catch the latest movies in the Kino Digital Cinema


Rye Bay has much to offer for all ages all year round

Rye in Sussex is renowned for the calm and relaxed character of a medieval Cinque Ports town. Steeped in history, Rye is much loved by locals and visitors alike.

Theatre, Cinema, beaches forests and fine dining await you whilst our local shops and restaurants are sure to please.


The vibrant local economy offers an alternative and relaxed shopping experience. Rye is a well kept fascinating small town with many things to see and do in the area.

Some destinations delight in hosting wild noisy parties. Thankfully the Rye Bay area is more suited to the mature end of the spectrum. Children are welcome at a wide variety of destinations whilst others are exclusively adults only.

Image courtesy of James Tomlinson of Rye

Our friendly Rye Information Point is located at the Town hall in front of St Mary’s Church.

The Town Model is located in the Heritage centre on the Strand Tel 01797 226696 or email

Rye Heritage Centre,
The Old Sail Loft
Rye Strand Quay
TN31 7AY

Remember booking accommodation directly with the venue can save as much as 15%