Cobble-stoned streets and Ypres Tower
Walk down the cobble-stoned streets of Rye, like the Instagram-friendly Mermaid Street. Lined with Georgian half-timbered houses, it is considered one of Britain’s prettiest streets.
Make sure to see Rye from above, by going up Ypres tower in Rye Castle. The castle was built during the reign of King Henry III in 1240, and offers a spectacular view of the town and the surrounding East Sussex area.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Camber Castle
When you take a Southern train to Rye with an off-peak ticket, you should not miss the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. This vast 465 hectare reserve lets you explore the changing coastline, with coastal habitats like shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds.
The reserve will surprise you with the presence of Camber Castle. Previously known as Winchelsea Castle, this East Sussex landmark was a 16th-century Device Fort, built by King Henry VIII to protect the coast in the case of a French attack. The ruins of Camber Castle still have intact walls, giving you the opportunity to witness the peculiar concentric design of this landmark.
If castles are not your cup of tea, then why not head to the sand dunes of Camber Sands?
This magnificent sand beach is the perfect destination on a day-trip, and is a short 3 mile cycle ride away from Rye.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Another great activity for the whole family is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. It is only a 25min drive from Rye, and features world famous one-third full size steam & diesel locomotives. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, the trains chug along 13½ miles of track from Hythe to Dungeness.