It’s no surprise that the quintessentially British town of Rye has become a hotspot for tourists with its quirky cobbled streets, independent shops and beautiful harbour! Rye is bursting with history and has got to be one of the prettiest towns in the UK. So if you’re coming to visit for the day, what is there to do here?
First up Rye Harbour! Just a 2 minute drive out of the town you can park down at the harbour for free which is a result considering parking in Rye can be quite spenny. If you’ve come to Rye via train then the walk takes about 40 minutes.
The harbour makes a great place for cycling with a route that takes you along to Winchelsea Beach but if you don’t fancy getting a sweat on then you can just take a gentle stroll along the pebbley beach. Here you can watch the fisherman boats coming in and out whilst looking out across to the dunes at Camber Sands. Boon and I were lucky enough to find ourselves watching a music video being made by an artist called Griff. That certainly doesn’t happen all the time but it was amazing to watch the behind the scenes and I’m not surprised they chose Rye to film!
Probably the most picturesque and well known street in Rye. Full of character and many cute photo opportunities with it’s brilliantly preserved medieval exterior. On this street you can look out for the house that has two front doors and the haunted Mermaid Inn built in the 12th century. At the bottom of the hill you can find a charming red telephone box!
Rye is home to a number of independent, quirky shops. You’ll hardly spot any big chains here which is a breath of fresh air and adds to the oldie worldie feel! Be sure you take a wander along all the lanes to find the local businesses tucked away.
RYE CASTLE MUSEUM/ GUN GARDENS
Whilst it’s not actually open at the moment due to Covid, usually the castle museum offers a chance to explore the history of Rye and find out more about it’s inhabitants and the surrounding areas for a small fee.
Despite its closure, it’s still worth wandering to take a look at the ancient monument. Whilst here you can go into the gun gardens for free which overlooks Rye Harbour.
HAVE A BITE TO EAT
After all the exploring you’ll need a break to fill your bellies. The town is full of many cute pubs, cafes, sweet shops and ice cream parlours! Some of my favourite places include: Kettle O’ Fish, The Cobbles, Simon The Pieman, The Globe Inn and Utopia. Utopia has so many amazing ice cream flavours! I recommend the triple fudge.
So what are you waiting for?! Rye is perfect for an adventure with plenty to see and do. Not many towns will take you back in time and it’s beautiful seaside location makes it even more worth the visit! If you’re looking for charm, fairytale vibes and perfect pictures, it certainly won’t disappoint…