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8. Rye and the Castle Museum

Top 10 ten places to visit in South East England - Brighton and East Sussex

Rye and the Castle Museum

Rye is a picturesque coastal town with attractive streets and buildings, sited on a "bump' or hill which appears incongruous in the flat surrounding countryside. Rye was once right next to the sea and an important harbour, but the over the years the river has silted up, leaving the town looking somewhat stranded.
Rye Castle Museum tells the story of Rye's long and illustrious history as an 'antient town' of the Cinque Ports. Visitors can learn how the famous Romney Marsh was formed, see an original smuggler's lantern and attempt to be a medieval soldier using replica armour at the Ypres Tower.
At East Street, visitors can see Rye's 18th century fire engine and learn how Rye changed between the wars, how the coast developed and many other fascinating facts about the development of this medieval maze of a town.

Rye Castle Museum Address:
Rye Castle Museum
3 East Street
TN31 7JY
England, UK

Rye Castle Museum Opening Hours:
The Museum 
April 1st to October 31st
Thursdays to Mondays, 10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
The East Street site
Monday, Thursday and Friday, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing 
Ypres Tower
Daily, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm 
Please see website for winter opening times 

Rye Castle Museum Admission:  
Ypres Tower
Adult  £2.95
Concession /Student  £2.50
East Street
Adult  £2.50
Concession / Student  £2.00
Ticket to both sites
Adult £5.00
Concession / Student £4.00
Children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult

T  +44 (0)1797 226696

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