Tourism chiefs and marketing agencies must have had an easy job, when looking for ways to promote Rye in East Sussex; with so much history in the town and surrounding area, there is a lot to say about this area of the southern England. Rye comes under the umbrella of ‘1066 Country’,  nicknamed because of associations with the Battle of Hastings, and it’s also known as one of the best preserved medieval towns in England.

Rye was once surrounded on three of its borders by the sea, but now lays further inland at the meeting point of the River Rother, River Brede, and River Tillingham. Its coastal neighbours include Rye Harbour, home to the towns fishing fleet, and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which is under the management of Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s a great place for bird watching, and you could also spot rare and endangered plants and invertebrates there. A visitor centre, pubs, shop, and gallery also welcome visitors in this area. Also nearby is Camber Sands, a sand dune system and fine beaches, which attract many tourists and locals. You may even spot some windsurfers or powerboats on the water.

The centre of Rye is known for its traditional Tudor buildings, narrow passage ways, old smugglers inns, and links with many writers and artists who have lived in or visited Rye. Day to day you will be well served by tea rooms, pubs and traditional inns, good quality restaurants, and a healthy supply of locally caught fish, so fish and chip dinners will never be far away. Many of these outlets, accommodation, and shops, are housed in historical buildings, which bring a lot of charm to the town.

Unsurprisingly, Rye has a strong tourist driven economy, so employment can be centred on the local retail, service, and tourism trades, although some of this can be seasonal. At any given time, job sites might also carry employment vacancies for Rye, and East Sussex as a whole, in sectors like engineering, finance, and healthcare. So there are good employment options, helped in part by the ease of commuting in this area. Here are a few approximate travel distances by road for you:

Rye to Hastings: 23 minutes
Rye- Folkestone: 42 minutes
Rye- Dover: 53 minutes
Rye- Ashford: 28 minutes
Rye- Brighton: 1 hour 21 minutes
Rye- Gatwick Airport: 1 hour 31 minutes.


There are also bus services running throughout East Sussex, and train services connecting Rye with the South and London. Several London stations run services to Ashford International, where you can get connecting transport to Rye, or travel from London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, and change at Hastings for Rye. If you have a home by the sea in Rye, then your property is well located for work, and leisure travel, across the UK and abroad.