Rye Castle Museum



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Explore the story of Rye's long and illustrious history. Part of the museum is housed in a stone tower built as a fortification in 1249. The museum's collection of ironwork, medieval pots and smuggling items are on display here, while the East Street site contains the rest of the collection, including pottery, fashions, an 18th-century fire engine, toys, cinque port regalia, a special exhibition on the town between the wars, descriptions of the changes to the harbour and shipbuilding here and businesses and leisure in Rye during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Rye Castle Museum
3 East Street, RYE, TN31 7JY


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Ypres Tower open daily Apr-Oct, 10.30-5, Nov-Mar 10.30-3.30. East St open Apr-Oct wknds only, 10.30-5 (last entry 30 mins before close)

About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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