Rye is a small harbour town in East Sussex approximately two miles from the sea and at the point where three rivers of Tillingham, Brede and Rother all meet. In medieval times, Rye is one of the five Cinque Ports which were set up to increase the defence of the coastal towns in the south-east, where men and ships were ready at all times to defend the south coast.

Today Rye is an excellent mix of medieval and Georgian houses on narrow streets, and is an excellent base for touring some fine beaches and nearby Romney Marsh.

Whether you intend visiting just for the day or for a longer stay, Rye will leave you wanting to return again and again – and many people do. Rye is just a 90 minute trip from London which also makes it a very popular weekend destination at all times of the year. Rye and its nearby beach of Camber Sands is arguably the jewel in the crown of East Sussex and once visited is never forgotten.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches around Rye, 23 beaches in East Sussex, or have a look at our list of East Sussex dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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    Rye Jazz and Blues Festival

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    Rye Watersports

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    Camber Sands Beach

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    Jurys Gap Beach

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    Lamb House

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    The Kitesurf Centre

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    Winchelsea Beach

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    Rye Harbour lifeboat station

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    Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park

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    Camber Castle

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