Family day out in Rye – a medieval gem.

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Rye is an English town near the coast in East Sussex. I first heard about Rye from one of the local mum’s. I mentioned going to Camber Sands beach at the weekend and she said there is this old town on top of the hill with great fish n chips.  Old town? On top of the hill? Say no more. My curiosity radar was on high alert.

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. Almost suspended in time, Rye’s unhurried atmosphere and enchanting streets draw visitors with their warm welcome. It’s small enough to make you feel at home almost straight away but holds enough secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer. (www.visit1066country.com )

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Cobbled streets surrounded by Tudor houses (build in 1400s)? It’s the closes you’d get to time travel.

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You’ll find quality independent retailers not seen in anonymous malls. Luxury products, antiques, books, records and artisan goods are Rye’s speciality. Art and photography galleries are evidence of a flourishing creative community.

 

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Rye is a place where people pride themselves on doing things differently. The Quarter Boys on the tower of St Mary the Virgin don’t strike on the hour but on the  quarter.

Cobbled streets and narrow passages reveal architectural treasures among beautifully preserved Medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings.

Many are open to the public as fine restaurants, tearooms or pubs. And when you need a well-earned rest, retreat to the comforts of a bed & breakfast or hotel housed in ancient and quirky buildings but with every modern amenity. (www.visit1066country.com )

 

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