With cobbled streets, breathtaking views and picturesque cottages, Rye has everything that you need to see while visiting a medieval town in the UK.
Nestled on England’s southern coast in East Sussex, it’s is a traveller’s delight.
The medieval town is on a rocky outcrop, and there are views from 12th-century church St Mary’s across the rooftops to the coast at Winchelsea and Camber Sands.
Its history goes back 1000 years when it was surrounded on all sides by water.
It formed part of the medieval Cinque Ports with the town’s hilltop vantage point useful for detecting and repelling marauding invaders.
Rye was originally part of the Manor of Rameslie and was promised to the Abbey of Fécamp by Ethelred the Unready after the Abbey provided him sanctuary in 1014.
In 1573 the title “Rye Royale” was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after her three-day stay.
Today, the town is home to around 4,000 residents, which approximately 1,000 are antiques dealers.
According to its official website, Rye has managed to retain its charm and heritage – as well as a sense of the strange.
Walk along Mermaid Street and you’ll come across houses with names like “The House Opposite”, or the “House with Two Front Doors”.
One can visit Rye Castle Museum, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and a nearby Camber Castle while appreciating the beauty of the medieval town.
There are several restaurants and pubs located on the cobbled alleys such as The Mermaid Inn, Webbe’s at The Fish Café (also a cookery school) or make a trip to Tibbs Farm Shop and Café in nearby Udimore.