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Camber Castle


Type:Castle / Fort

Rye Harbour Road, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7TD

Tel: +44 01797 227784

Camber Castle


Camber Castle was one link in the chain of forts built along the south coast by Henry VIII. Highly symmetrical, built from Wealden and Sussex sandstone. By completion in 1544 the garrison strength was 29 men and had cost £16,000. It was abandoned in 1642 due to shingle build up and is a rare example of a Henrician fort surviving in its original plan. Now 2 miles from the sea.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Educational group visits only.
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups



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    Recent Reviews:

    • PutneySW
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Not much to see!
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 25th October 2018
      The walk from the car park to the sea and then along to the former lifeboat station is interesting and with good views on a decent day. Turning inland across the fields to what’s left of the castle... Read full review
    • fireflyReading
      Trip Type:
      Magical walk across the nature reserve
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 18th January 2019
      Magical walk across nature reserve from Rye , though initially too the wrong path as the signing is poor. Castle emerged from the landcscape through lakes and rushes. Then a great walk back along... Read full review
    • JennyEm
      Trip Type:
      Very limited opening. Looks interesting.
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th April 2019
      We walked across fields to reach this castle but it is only open a few times a year. Check first. Would be nice if they at least put some notices up where you can see through and maybe a bench for... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A259. From Rye turn left off A259 towards Rye Harbour village. Park in 1st car park on right-hand side of road at Brede Lock. Walk 1 mile through fields to castle along footpath.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Rye. head towards Rye Harbour, follow footpaths to castle from Brede Lock.

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