Rye is an ancient town situated on the south coast of England in East Sussex and is surely one of the most picturesque of towns in England. Many visitors return time after time as it really is such a special place.
Recently Which? holiday magazine voted Rye as one of the top 10 destinations in Britain, this is what they had to say:
Rye is reputedly the best-preserved medieval city in the country. Its maritime maze of picturesque cobbled streets has long been a haven for artists and writers, among whom are authors EF Benson, Henry James, and HG Wells. Today, Rye’s charming blend of antiques shops and art galleries attracts visitors from all over the world. There is no shortage of award-winning hotels and B&Bs, with fine restaurants wherever you look. This makes Rye a great base for exploring the surrounding coast and countryside of 1066 Country, with the historic towns of Battle and Hastings within easy reach. Nearby Camber’s stunning stretch of sandy beach is the perfect get-away, with miles of unspoilt coast and the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve hosts the RX Wildlife Festival one of the many festivals on offer in this part of East Sussex. Cyclists and walkers will find wonderful cycling routes and coastal and countryside walks on the doorstep of accommodation catering to their needs.
A 12th century church overlooks the town that has changed very little through the ages. Georgian buildings and Tudor houses compete for your camera in the picturesque cobbled streets. Although Rye’s days of defence are long gone, the Ypres Tower (pronounced Wipers by the locals) the Land gate and the Town Wall are bursting with history to fire the imagination of days gone by and are a must for all to see.
Rye is famous for its numerous antique shops, which you can see from The Old Borough Arms guest house balcony.
Rye has many art galleries, bookshops and potteries, plus numerous tea shops serving the famous Sussex cream tea (Please try The Mermaid Street Cafe cream tea first!) There are plenty of traditional old inns serving locally brewed ales, plus many fine restaurants offering home cooked food using local produce.
The Old Borough Arms guest house could not be in a better position to enjoy a visit to Rye. Conveniently Situated at the foot of the famous Mermaid Street, and only a stones throw away from ‘The Mint’, The Old Borough Arms guest house is the perfect get away for all ages, at any time of the year.