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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
    113
  • Very Good
    132
  • Average
    33
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • Bakers50
    Surrey
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Small but interesting
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 6th November 2018
    We visited Ypres Tower whilst strolling round Rye. Ypres tower is not the Rye Castle museum which I have found out is a different building and is free. The Ypres tower is £4 to get in, not a lot... Read full review
  • saraayemoung
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Small but good
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th November 2018
    Visited earlier this week on a brief visit to Rye . It is small but has a very interesting history and the curator was very helpful and knowledgeable. Great views from the viewing area Read full review
  • Caff_12
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    interesting
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th November 2018
    Best seen at night as part of the ghost walk from the Heritage centre as really spooky in the dark. Visiting the Woman's prison in the day can make you jump but I'm not saying why... 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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