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Mermaid Inn Rye

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Welcome to the Mermaid Inn , rich in history;

  • Cellars dating from 1156 and the building rebuilt in 1420.

The Mermaid Inn offers a unique experience;

  • Sloping ceilings
  • Creaking floorboards and numerous staircases
  • A history and a rich tradition that is maintained by careful stewardship.

There are 31 unique rooms to choose from, all of which can be viewed on

Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar. Can you see the secret passageway entrance?

Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant. Enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of the Dr Syn dining room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast. We offer a very popular Sunday Roast.

Relax in one of the two lounges. Enjoy the comfort and atmosphere of Dr Syn’s Lounge and look for the wall carvings of the Catholic priests fleeing to the continent at the time of the Reformation. The Small Lounge overlooks the cobbles of Mermaid Street, which was once the main route to the anchorage in Rye in years gone by.

Our staff will all be pleased to assist with helpful tips during your stay and can arrange site seeing tours around the town with

The Mermaid Inn is the perfect location to explore the Weald of Kent, and The Romney Marsh of Kent, and the wonderfully varied coastline, from the cliffs at Pett Level, to Europe’s only desert at Dungeness.

We have EVC Electric Vehicle Charging points by appointment.
Full details available upon request. Gift Vouchers now available


Mermaid Street, Rye,
TN31 7EY
t: 01797 223065
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