Reg. Charity 1187978

Welcome to THE STORY OF Rye

Make sure to visit Rye Heritage Centre and discover over 750 years of our history before you make your own memories – “Today’s memories are Tomorrow’s Heritage. “

Here you can experience the “Story of Rye”, a 15 minute sound and light show featuring the famous Rye Town Model to guide you through the cobbled streets and hidden passages of Rye and enjoy the splendour of our medieval town.

Then as you walk along the real streets of Rye you will know you are following in the footsteps of many who have gone before you…

Kings, Queens, Smugglers, French Invaders, Authors, Monks, Sailors, Fishermen, Artists, Potters, Merchants and Traders – not to mention Murderers!

Rye Heritage Centre is a must for visitors to the historic Cinque port of Rye and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the region.

We are currently closed


Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Wednesday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Friday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Visit Us

The Strand, Rye, TN31 7AY

Next Tours & Talks:

Your visit

Every visit to Rye should include a trip to one of the most popular attractions in town – Rye Heritage Centre. Explore the rich history in which your very footsteps will follow.


More than 10 people visiting? Experience private showings and talks with exclusive group rates.


Working with schools & colleges we can provide educational materials and talks for many subjects.


Historical tours and more can be purchased directly from the center or here online.