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Rye

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Rye is a compact and picturesque town with narrow streets such as Mermaid Street. It was one of the Cinque Ports but is now several miles inland.

www.visitrye.co.uk | www.1066country.com

TI 4/5 Lion Street. Tel. 01797 229049.

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Rye Heritage Centre ¼ mile

The story of Rye told through a town model sound and light show. Tel. 01797 226696.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700. Please see website for winter opening.
www.ryeheritage.co.uk

Lamb House NT ¼ mile

A brick-fronted house, home of the writer Henry James and later authors EF Benson and Rumer Godden. Walled garden. Tel. 01580 762334.
Open Jun-Oct, MFSSu 1100-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Rye Castle Museum ½ mile

This museum is on two sites. The 13th century Ypres Tower houses Medieval pottery, smuggling items and the story of Romney Marsh. A second building in East Street has Rye's old fire engine, toys, local pottery and maritime displays. Tel. 01797 226728.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1700. Please see website for winter opening.
www.ryemuseum.co.uk

Rye attractions map

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve ¾ mile, 2½ miles to Information Centre or by bus

A Reserve in two sections with habitats supporting a rich variety of wildlife: grazing marshes and reedbeds north of Camber Castle; plus shingle ridges, saltmarsh and lagoons near the coast, south of the Information Centre. Five bird-watching hides. Gulls, terns, redshank and avocet can be seen around the saline lagoons. Guided walks include Camber Castle. Tel. 01797 227784.
Open Reserve and hides open at all times.
www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk
Bus 313 from station to Rye Harbour, then ½ mile to Information Centre. M-S about hourly, 7 minutes journey. Operated by Stagecoach.

Camber Castle EH 1½ miles

The ruins of an artillery fort built by Henry VIII to guard the port of Rye. Tel. 01797 227784 (Rye Harbour Nature Reserve).
Open Limited opening for guided tours, see website for details. Also guided walks around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (see above) include the castle.
www.english-heritage.co.uk

Rye Harbour map

Great Dixter by bus

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. The garden is in the arts and crafts style with topiary, long border, orchard and wildflower meadow. The House is a recreation of a medieval manor house, complete with great hall, parlour and solar. Refreshments and picnic area. Tel. 01797 252878.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700, House 1400-1700.
www.greatdixter.co.uk
Bus 313 from station to Northiam, Dixter Road (just after Post Office), about 20 minutes journey, then ½ mile walk. M-S about every 2 hours. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Hastings and Tenterden.

Northiam map

Smallhythe Place NT by bus

Ellen Terry's early 16th century house and cottage garden. The grounds include the Barn Theatre. Tearoom. Tel. 01580 762334.
Open Mar-Oct, WThFSSu 1100-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 312 from station to Smallhythe Church, near Smallhythe Place. M-S about every 2 hours, 20 minutes journey. Operated by Stagecoach.

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Tenterden by bus

Tenterden is a traditional Kentish town with a picturesque wide High Street lined with weather-boarded shops. If you are happy to travel by bus (and steam railway) it makes a good base for exploring Kent and East Sussex.

TI Town Hall, tel. 01580 763572.

Bus 312 from station to Tenterden. M-S about every 2 hours, 25 minutes journey. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses to Tenterden also operate from Ashford International and Headcorn.

Accomodation in Tenterden:

The White Lion The Woolpack Hotel The William Caxton

Tenterden map

Kent & East Sussex Railway by bus

A 10½ mile preserved steam railway from Tenterden to Bodiam. Tel. 01580 765155, timetable 01580 762943.
Open please see website for details.
www.kesr.org.uk
Bus see Tenterden above.
Buses to Bodiam (the other end of the Railway) operate from Hastings and Wadhurst.

Colonel Stephens Museum by bus

This museum at Tenterden station tells the story of the man who built and ran the K&ESR and many other Light Railways. Admission free, donations welcome.
Open Apr-Oct, afternoons when K&ESR trains are running.
www.hfstephens-museum.org.uk
Bus see Tenterden above.

Tenterden & District Museum by bus

The Museum covers local history with maps, models and exhibits of Tenterden, local buildings, industries and agriculture. The Museum is housed in a weather-boarded industrial building, a type once common in the area. Tel. 01580 764310.
Open Easter-Sep, Daily 1330-1630, opens 1100 Jul-Sep.
www.tenterdenmuseum.co.uk
Bus see Tenterden above.