Welcome to Rye, East Sussex

Cast your mind back almost a thousand years in history and you can imagine the humble beginnings of the wonderful medieval market town of Rye in East Sussex. Rye is recognised as the jewel on the South Coast of England, it is one of most beautiful and historic towns that has survived through the many changing faces of the past.

Rye was to become a limb of the famous Cinque Ports Confederation, and was once a major defensive stronghold to protect our trade between northern Europe and repel our shores against the many attacks from our French neighbours. Rye was almost entirely surrounded by the sea and the ancient tradition of fishing from the town still survives to this day.

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Where to stay

Rye and the surrounding towns and countryside boast a wealth of attractive and welcoming accommodation. Underneath you will find easy reference listings for places to stay, ranging from first class hotels to self catering accommodation, to suit all tastes and budgets. We have highlighted our main festival hotel and holiday letting partners as well as links to sites providing full accommodation listings. Many of these hotel also provide excellent dining and bar facilities.

Our lovely friends at VISIT RYE BAY have some great ideas for you!

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Where to eat & drink

Whether you are after a coffee and cake, light lunch or a substantial supper, you will find Rye crammed with places to satisfy every possible taste and craving.

Explore the streets and you will find yourself irresistibly drawn towards cosy inns, tea rooms, fine restaurants, music filled pubs and hotel bars. Carry on hundreds of years of tradition where smugglers planned and pirates plotted and where Rye folk enjoyed a great night out.

We have listed below partner festival restaurants and bars as well as links to full listings on where to eat and drink.Many of these eateries also provide B&B accommodation.

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Parking & Transport


Train services over the Festival Weekend

We’ve made your Train journey easier. Last train times leaving Rye over the August Bank Holiday weekend are as follows:

Thursday to Monday* - Rye to London Stations via Ashford

Last train leaves 21:56

Friday to Monday* - Rye to Brighton via Hastings (change for Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells/Sevenoaks/Gatwick) Bex Hill, Eastbourne, Lewes

Last train leaves 21:57

* Trains depart 20 minutes earlier on Sunday night - 21:38 and 21:39

Journey times vary and are subject to change so please check www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.southernrailway.com

From Europe: Eurostar from France runs through to Ashford International (21 minute connection on Southern trains) or drive from France and use the Eurotunnel to Folkestone.

Road & Parking

Rye is on the A259 between Hastings to the West and Folkestone to the East and on the A268 from the North.

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For a map of Rye Town centre including car parks click here.


If you live or are staying fairly locally to Rye and wish to leave your car at home or park overnight within Rye, then we recommend the following taxi/transport companies to assist you in your homebound journey. We strongly recommend that you book in advance.

Rye Taxi Company: Tel: 01797 224016 http://www.ryetaxisonline.co.uk

also the following local drivers will be happy to help:

  • Tel: 07788 727414
  • Tel: 07752 959 797
  • Tel: 07773 013015
  • Tel: 01797 230388
  • Tel: 07707 430053
  • Tel: 07794 594997

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