Things to do in Rye

Things to do in Rye

Enjoy a few relaxing days in the Rye Bay area. We have gathered a few ideas to help you. Depending on the ages of those travelling with you, energy levels and the amount of time you have Rye has something for everyone.

Christmas in Rye is always magical this year the theme is Toyland. Although starting on the 9th of December it’s worth visiting throughout December to see the range of small independent shop keepers all offering something different from the clinical shopping malls.

Whilst being picturesque Rye is amazingly pretty often winning awards as being a top “Must see” destination when visiting the UK. There is far too much to do in just one day, for this reason we suggest three to five days if visiting East Sussex from overseas.

For the young, the “young at heart” and the mature classics, Rye Bay spans the generations. There is so much to see and do and we are constantly updating the site and welcome any suggestions you may have.

The team who organise the amazing Rye International Jazz and blues festival often have gigs in Rye so its well worth popping over to their website for an update of Rye Jazz Events and festivals see

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Great Dixter is 6 miles from Rye, Pashley Manor takes about 20 minutes from Rye whilst Sissinghurst gardens (created by Vita Sackville-West is a riot of colour all year round.

National Trust
Bodiam Castle is a short drive, accessed by River, Road or the Kent and Sussex light railway which runs between Bodiam through Northiam where the boating station is and then proceeds up to Tenterden.

Batemans is the Jacobean former home of Rudyard Kipling author of “The Jungle book” he lived here from 1902 until 1936

Smallhythe Place built in the 16th Century when smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding port and the former home to Ellen Terry the renowned victorian actress in 1899

Lamb House a relative new build in Rye built in 1722 former Mayoral home frequented by George 1st and the setting for the BBC production of Mapp and Lucia.

Scotney Castle is a 14th Century moated castle set in magnificent woodlands.

English Heritage have a number of sites in the area including Battle Abbey which are listed here

Vineyards close to Rye
Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Gusborne estates, Carr Taylor Hush Heath and Chapel Down to name a few

Rye Museum, the Antiques trail where you are bound to see more than one familiar face from the Antiques road show.

Beaches include the soft white sands at Camber sands or the charming and quiet pebble Winchelsea beach.

Beckley forest is a short drive from Rye where you can literally get lost if you are not careful.

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