Experience the unique and enchanting Sound & Light Show, play on the Old Pier Amusement Machines, and embark on a Historical or Ghostly Tour of Rye!

A perfect way to start your visit to Rye

Housed in a converted 19th century sail loft, Rye Heritage Centre hosts The Story of Rye Town Model Sound and Light Show, a vintage, hand built 1:100 scale model of Victorian Rye that uses dramatic sound and light effects to bring to life 700 years of Rye’s rich history and folklore.

We are also home to The Old Pier Penny Arcade, with over 30 working pre-decimal amusement machines such as The Laughing Sailor and What the Butler Saw.

In our large gift shop, we have a large selection of local books and maps, as well as exclusive local crafts and souvenirs.

Rye Heritage Centre is owned and operated by Rye Town Council, with the aim of promoting the local area for the benefit of the local community.

Use the navigation menu at the top of this page to find out more about us, or feel free to get in touch!

Rye Town Model

Not just a model, a complete sound and light show that brings the history of Rye alive!

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Rye Walking Tours

Personal handsets that take you on a historical or ghostly tour of Rye. Guided tours available on selected dates.

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The Old Pier Amusements

Experience the novelty of playing on these rare and beautiful old seaside Pier machines.

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The Gift Shop

Visit our gift shop and take a look at our wide selection of gifts, cards and books that are all sure to remind you of your trip to Rye.

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