Rye (East Sussex)
Rye is a town in East Sussex.
Trains run directly from Ashford International and Brighton with trains to London calling at both stations. Times for trains anywhere to Rye from anywhere in the UK can be found on the National Rail website [www.nationalrail.co.uk].
Rye can be easily explored on foot. However, it may be worth taking the bus to Camber to see the local sandy beach or finding a bicycle to go down Habour Road to explore the Harbor mouth and local bird reserve.
The docks by the river; Rye Castle (with Ypres Tower). Rye also has a 12th century church, overlooking the town. The old town town centre is very picturesque with its extreme cobblestone roads (ensure you wear sensible shoes), its many timber-framed houses, and the occasional traditional -though now slightly touristy- tearoom invites to cream tea.
There are many places which overlook the local scenery, from Rye Castle you can see out to Dungeoness. Recently wind turbines have been placed near to Rye, which has changed the nature of the landscape.
Walk around the docks mentioned above, visit the many shops. Climb the church tower to get a magnificent view over Rye and its surroundings. Walk across the meadows to the ruins of Camber Castle (open on summer weekends; check with its owner, the English Heritage). Visit Ypres tower and have a chat with the elderly gentleman who has been keeping it open visitors for the last 15 years. Get locked in in one of its small, dark cells!
Rye has a wide variety of shops, from wool to antiques and from art galleries to tea rooms there is something for most people. There are also several shops which sell local Sussex produce. Most of the shops can be found on the main High Street, although there are also several pleasant shops near the docks.
Rye has a lively market most Thursday mornings selling a variety of goods.
Follow the Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Tour-beautiful-England-ebook/dp/B008RVZOJ6 by Jonathan Copeland
There is a wide range of eatteries in and around Rye.
The Gandhi Tandoori (Indian) Simply Italian (Italian) Landgate Bistro (French) The Standard Pub (English) Kettle O Fish (Fish & Chips, English)
Visit some of the other Cinque Ports, or the Hythe and Dymchurch Miniature Railway. To the west Hastings, Eastborne and Brighton are reachable by direct train.
Near Rye passes the National Cycle Network, and you can hire a pushbike from "Rye Hire" near the rail station (friendly service, bikes in good condition, and come with a lock). Sadly the designated cycle paths are not always well signposted, or consist of paths with quite large rubble; you will have to show some determination. But it's fairly flat ground around Rye (although town centre is on a small hill), so for the non-driver this is an alternative to buses.
Ten minutes drive or bicycle from Rye is the beach town of Camber Sands  which has the longest sandy beaches on the south coast of England. It becomes very popular in the summer months when English people take to the beaches in search of sun.