About Rye

Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained.

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.

Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye.

St Mary’s church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.

Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title “Rye Royale” was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay.

The sheer concentration of living history packed into this vibrant market town makes it the ideal base for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break. There are many comfortable, welcoming hotels and guest houses and plenty of charming inns and restaurants.

Below are a few links to help you enjoy your stay with us at The King’s Head Inn, Rye, East Sussex


Bird Watching at Dungeness NNR – Click Here
Full Throttle Boat Charters – Click Here
Rye Water Sports – Click Here 
Rye Sports Centre – Click Here
Cycle Hire – Click Here  
Tours – Click Here
Walking (1066 Country Walk) – Click Here

Kino Cinema Rye – Click Here

Places to visit

Batemans – Click Here 
Battle Abbey – Click Here 
Battle Yesterdays World – Click Here
Bedgebury Pinetum – Click Here
Blue Reef Aquarium – Click Here
Bodiam Castle – Click Here
Camber Castle – Click Here
Camber Sands – Click Here
De La Warr Pavilion – Click Here
Great Dixter House and Garden – Click Here 
Groombridge Place – Click Here
Hastings Castle Smugglers Adventure – Click Here
Hastings Fishermen’s Museum – Click Here
Hever Castle – Click Here
Merriments Garden and Nursery – Click Here
Royal Tunbridge Wells – Click Here
Rye Art Gallery – Click Here 
Rye Castle Museum – Click Here
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Click Here
Rye Heritage Centre – Click Here
Scotney Castle – Click Here
Sheffield Park – Click Here
Smallhythe Place – Click Here 
Sissinghurst Castle – Click Here
Tenterden – Click Here
Union Windmill – Click Here
Wakehurst Place – Click Here
Winchelsea – Click Here

Golf in and around Rye

Tenterden Golf Course – Click Here
Battle Golf Course – Click Here
Sedlescombe Golf Course – Click Here
Beauport Park Golf Course – Click Here
Chart Hills Golf Course – Click Here
Cooden Beach Golf Course – Click Here
Hemstead Forest Golf Course – Click Here
Dale Hill Golf Course – Click Here
Hawkhurst Highwoods Golf Course – Click Here
Lamberhurst Golf Course – Click Here
Leeds Castle Golf Course – Click Here
Neville Golf Course – Click Here
Rye Golf Course – Click Here
Staplehurst Golf Course – Click Here