An afternoon in the ancient town of Rye

Ancient town of Rye, EnglandAncient town of Rye, Sussex

Rye is a small Sussex town (population in 2011: 4,773) that’s big on history.

There are plenty of tales of smuggling, secret passageways, French invasions (as the crow flies it’s actually closer to Calais than London), murderous gangs…and more recently of 25 tonnes of pigeon poo having to be scraped off the remaining Landgate.

Lion Street, Rye, EnglandLion Street, Rye, England"Simon the Pieman", Lion Street, Rye, UKCountry-style cottage, Rye, SussexChurchyard, Rye, Sussex

I was in town for a press trip, to the nearby Gallivant Hotel and Gusbourne vineyard, and while waiting to catch the train back to St Pancras we had time for a quick wander. (Update: I’ve since returned for a real exploratory expedition, check out my post about day-tripping from London to Rye.)

There’s so much incredible architecture and the cute cobbled streets are teeming with independent shops and cafés (plus some amazing-looking secondhand and vintage shops). It’s heaven-on-sea.

Mermaid Street, Rye, Sussex"The House Opposite", Mermaid Street, Rye, SussexCobbled streets, Rye, EnglandGolden RetrieverThe Woolpack Inn, Warehorne, KentCamber Sands, Rye, Sussex

Nearby places to visit

We stayed at the Gallivant, a friendly ‘restaurant with rooms’ in Camber Sands; this beautifully bleak stretch of coast just a 5-minute drive from the centre of Rye.

Post-breakfast we headed out for a windswept stroll. The beach was full of people walking their dogs and riding their horses—can you imagine a more idyllic start to a weekend? Nope.

After all that calorie-burning we headed over the Kent border to the vineyards of Gusbourne to sample a considerable amount of delicious English wine, then our little press trip team welcomed a sobering, autumnal lunch in Warehorne’s the Woolpack. This 16th century inn also let rooms, though a car would be recommended.

Sussex, I’ll definitely see you soon!

Camber Sands, Rye, EnglandBeach walk, Camber Sands, SussexCamber Sands beach, Rye, East SussexDunes, Camber Sands, Rye


5 thoughts on “An afternoon in the ancient town of Rye”

  1. Oh it’s just so picturesque! I’d love to visit one day, do Camber Sands and Hastings. I want to see the miniature village and vintage pier machines!

    Tara x


  2. […] Breakfast was salmon and scrambled eggs with a little pick from the buffet, too. The homemade granola bars and English Breakfast tea come particularly highly recommended. There’s also a great gluten-free selection if that’s something you need to consider. Perfect fuel before a walk on nearby Camber Sands! […]


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