A medieval haven to the modern hipster, there is no doubt the remarkable concentration of living history is a huge draw for the town, but it’s also got an edge. Just don’t expect to be the only one around, as you will soon discover the charm that makes Rye a popular staycation destination.
The picturesque town of Rye, East Sussex was once surrounded by sea and played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. Any sign of warships have long since left the harbour, with a much more sedate fishing fleet more common in these waters. The outline of the town can be seen from distance across Romney Marsh, a smorgasbord of coast and country, as it stretches from the estuary up into the neighbouring hills. For a good vantage point of its exact geography, take in sweeping views from the castle and its surrounding walls.
Rye’s aged medieval streets meander around the hillside overlooking Romney Marsh and withholds a quaint and quirky atmosphere that shouts old world charm with plenty of character, where historic bake houses lay hidden round the corner from hygge-style coffee houses. The historic town clearly maintains pride in its historic roots and heritage, whilst simultaneously showcasing an eclectic promise of street-cred when it comes to the range of local boutiques and eateries.
This secluded Sussex town offers an ideal spot to recluse and relax, but also explore and discover with plenty to see and do in the immediate vicinity. Take a look through the ages at the Rye Heritage Centre or wander down river to the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, providing panoramic views that are teaming with wildlife, the walk out in nature a remedy in itself.
The ancient character remains present in Rye, with remnants of the town’s smuggling past visible in a network of secret tunnels and passageways and caves. Though it is no longer surrounded by water, visitors can take to the cobbled streets and take in panoramic vistas down-river to the nearby harbour area, with plenty of historic buildings, medieval architecture and enchanting Georgian homes to cast your eye over in the vibrant market town.
There is no doubt that Rye is worth a visit if you’re in the area, with coast and country surrounding it makes an ideal base for a short family break or romantic escape. It is easy to see why so many artists and authors have found inspiration in the area over the years, due to the unique charm and location of the destination. For those wishing to venture further, you may wish to visit the inviting beach at Camber Sands, get a taste for the traditional British seaside in Hastings, walk the undulating back of the Seven Sisters or for a family foray visit the home of Winnie the Pooh in Ashdown Forest.