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Nestled between the vast High Weald forests, the scenic wetlands of Rye Harbour and the sweeping sands and dunes of Rye Bay, Rye is surely one of the South East England’s most picturesque towns. Along with its striking backdrop, the historic center of Rye is among England’s best-preserved medieval towns – a tangle of cobblestone lanes hemmed with half-timbered shop fronts, terracotta roofs and the remains of the stone-brick town walls.

Take time to explore Rye’s many historic attractions while in town, including the Martello Towers, Henry VIII's Camber Castle and the notorious Mermaid Inn, a favored haunt of the Hawkhurst Gang smugglers. There’s also the St Mary’s Parish Church, which offers great views from its clock tower; the nearby Bodiam Castle; and the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, once one of the famous Cinque Ports of the English Channel and now a top spot for walking and bird-watching.

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Rye, East Sussex

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