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Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)

Rother

Type:Museum

The Gungarden, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7HH

Tel: 01797 227798

Rye Castle (The Ypres Tower)

About

The Ypres Tower was built in 1249 to defend Rye against attacks from across the channel. It has served as a fort, private dwelling, prison, court hall and now finally as a museum.
You can see where murderer John Breads was held prisoner, where prisoners where chained and the cells in which they were incarcerated. You can see a smuggers lantern, and a model that shows the changes to the Romney Marsh coastline and the defences against Napoleon.
From the balcony you can look out across the Marsh and view of what was once one of the most important harbours in the country.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    122
  • Very Good
    137
  • Average
    34
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • Ian M
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Interesting slice of history
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    Beautifully located and worth a tour. Great views from the viewing platform. Nice dressing up area for kids downstairs. Read full review
  • Robert B
    Aston Clinton, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fascinating mini museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    A lovely museum, well presented and full of interesting artefacts. Friendly and knowledgeable gentleman on reception desk. Read full review
  • JennyEm
    Aberdeen
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Tiny castle packed with interest.
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    Some great displays in every corner of this tiny castle. Good price (£4 adult, £3 cons, free for children). Informative for adults and interactive (dress up, try out) for children. Steep windy stairs... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Located in the town, nearest main roads are the A249 and the A268.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Rye.Rye is also on many bus routes

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