Church of St Mary the Virgin
Rye’s church is a hotchpotch of medieval and later styles. Its turret clock is the oldest in England (1561) still working with its...
This Georgian town house is a favourite stomping ground for local apparitions, but its most famous resident was American writer Henry...
Most start their exploration of Rye on famous Mermaid St, a short walk from the Rye Heritage Centre. It bristles with 15th-century...
Simon the Pieman
Many local cream-tea cognoscenti assert this traditional tearoom, Rye’s oldest, does the best scone-cream-jam combo this side of Romney...
Church Sq · interesting places nearby
Ypres Tower information
Just off Church Sq stands the sandcastle-esque Ypres Tower (pronounced ‘wipers’). You can scramble through the 13th-century building to learn about its long history as a fort, prison, mortuary and museum (the last two at overlapping times), and an annexe contains one of the last surviving Victorian women’s prisons in the country. From here there are widescreen views of Rye Bay, Dungeness nuclear power station and even France on very clear days.