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Rye Castle Museum, Rye

(4/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Small museum but was happy to learn about the history of the town. Way to kill the time is the weather is very bad. If sunny I would recommend to walk to camber beach. there is a walkway alongside the...  more »
  • Small castle / museum but with intesting artefacts and history of Rye. Very helpful staff. Nicely presented. Things that children would find interesting. We assume some great views but sadly a bit mis...  more »
  • The castle is very well preserved and has a series of interesting exhibitions about the former smuggling trade in and around Rye  more »
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  • Really interesting exhibits detailing the history of the place, Well worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • A small museum but very interesting. The staff were enthusiastic and helpful. Great history of the coast and the smugglers!
  • Small but amazing.