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Rye

One of the best preserved medieval towns in England, Rye is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street, the impressive Norman church of St Mary’s, a rich selection of specialist shops and a thriving fishing fleet. The famous Mermaid Inn was once the haunt of notorious smugglers. Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII is located in the dramatic Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Take time to discover its architectural treasures and narrow passageways. Climb the tower of St Mary’s Parish Church for fine views to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the beautiful hilltop town of Winchelsea, with its maze of medieval wine cellars.

Rye has always been a magnet for writers and artists. Lamb House, a National Trust property, was once the home of Henry James and later E.F.Benson, creator of the Mapp and Lucia books. The artists Paul Nash, Edward Burra and Captain Pugwash creator, John Ryan all lived in Rye. Today a wealth of art and photography galleries thrives in the town.

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  1. Town Model

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    Rye Heritage Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

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    Rye

    Not just a model, but a complete sound and light...

  2. Great Dixter House and Gardens

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    Great Dixter House and Gardens

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    Garden

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    Rye

    An example of a 15thC manor house with antique...

  3. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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    Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

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    Rye

    Large coastal nature reserve with a vast array of...

  4. Kino

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    Kino Rye

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    Cinema

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    Rye

    A brand new, state-of-the-art 2-screen cinema,...

  5. Bodiam Boating

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    Bodiam Boating Station

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    Sightseeing

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    Newenden

    Bodiam Boating Station is situated on the River...