The picturesque town of Rye lies upon a sandstone hill and overlooks Romney Marsh. Once surrounded by sea, Rye still retains a harbour where residents and visitors can wander amidst the small boats and sample the unique nature of life on the sea.
You'll find plenty of nice places to stay in Rye including hotels, B and B's and Holiday Cottages, with a number of camping and caravan sites and holiday parks in the nearby coast and countryside.
Rye is a fantastically eccentric maze of cobbled streets that are crammed with medieval houses and elegant Georgian buildings. It is all too easy to take a wrong turn and get lost but then this is part of the town's unique charm - it allows you to escape from the uninspired dimensions of the normal world. Within these bizarre, winding streets, you can hunt for antiques and explore some of the hidden art galleries that are tucked away behind the folds of the town.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a Biggles? At Lydd Airport near Rye short flying excursions are available giving you the chance to view this beautiful part of the country from the air.
For museum lovers, there is the Heritage Centre which vividly evokes 1000 years of history or the highly unusual Rye Treasury of Mechanical Music. You can watch pottery being made in the famous Rye potteries or browse through the dust-drowned rarities of the many specialist book shops. One of the best places in the world for losing worries and finding peace,
Rye has always attracted artists and writers. E.F. Benson, creator of Mapp and Lucia, Henry James and Russell Thorndike have all lived and worked here. The area has also been home to a Beatle, a Goon and a Pet Shop Boy - At different addresses obviously! More recently, Rye was one of the major locations for John Schlesinger's lavish film adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm which saw Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley sampling the delights of the town's various tea shops.
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