Continuing our quest to find the best day trips from London, for when the noise and drama of the capital all becomes a little too much, we decided to check out Rye! This sleepy town was a favourite of my mum and dad, and so it holds a certain nostalgic value for me but first time visitors will also love exploring this little untapped gem of English life down on the Sussex coast.
Introducing: Rye - the world's cutest smuggling town!
Where is it?
On the East Sussex coast, right on the border with Kent; just over an hour from St Pancras with a change at Ashford International.
If you are looking to explore a quaint English village with heaps of history and a provincial feel without having to travel for hours out into the back of beyond then this is the place for you! Here you'll seem a million miles from the bright lights of London whilst you explore the twisting cobbled lanes, browse charming olde worlde junkshops, and relax with an exquiste cream tea!
The oldtown of Rye is set into a low hilltop overlooking a marshy expanse where several tributaries join to meet with the sea. The history of this area is entwined with the legends of smugglers and pirates, and a walk out into the lonely countryside beyond the town will transport you back to by-gone days! You'll also find Camber Castle nestled out in the marshes; a relic from the era of King Henry VIII.
With plenty of historic buildings, pretty little cafes and spectacular nature watching Rye is a winning Saturday afternoon excursion!
The Village Itself
The Mermaid Inn
And a Walk Out into the Marshes...
Many, many sheep! Expect to see a great deal of lambs in the Spring!
to Camber Castle!
Fortress of Henry VIII
And a Relaxing Cream Tea at The Cobbles Tea Room
Cream tea at The Cobbles: Traditional scone with jam and cream, and a cup of tea!