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Rye Castle Museum, Rye

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A slice of history, Rye Castle Museum sits inside a tower built in 1249 to defend against French attacks. Commissioned by Henry III, this structure now houses displays of handmade pottery, local embroidery, old town maps, and many other medieval artifacts. The museum's other building is a former factory showcasing firefighting equipment, maritime history, shipbuilding techniques, antiques, and other items from Rye's past. For Rye Castle Museum and beyond, use our Rye trip builder to get the most from your Rye vacation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This was a really enjoyable visit. It's a really picturesque tower and the chap on the front desk was very helpful in telling us where to go and what to see. As his first castle our 5 y/o son was very...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Seems to be also used as a fortress ruins prison was built in preparation for the invasion of France doesn't think France over the sea Museum War Museum Lai is now just small and interesting museums so Tour duration
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  • April 30, 2017
    This is a very well preserved castle and is very small by castle standards. Don't let that put you off. The grounds have a selection of large cannons and a good place to rest with all the waking aroun...  more »
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  • Great place of historical interest. Helpful and knowledgeable staff. Great for young and old alike.
  • Lovely little museum dedicated to history of Rye with all the information which you need to understand that sweet town, who I become a big fan of.😍 There is who, where and why...everything what you need to know. And if I understood properly is run by volounteers like every place/museum in town.
  • We visited the tower in September 2015, the entrance fee was a mere £3 but we paid only £2.50 as senior citizens and worth every single penny. We were greeted by a very amicable chap at the entrance who was more then happy to tell us the history of the tower and answer any questions we had to ask. We were there for a good hour viewing the tower and the grounds and left very happy with a few memorable photos and historical memories. Well worth a visit.
  • Interesting and good value for money. Lovely view from the gun garden.
  • Really interesting exhibits detailing the history of the place, Well worth a visit.

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