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Rye Heritage Centre

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Just the right size

My wife, son, and I went into the Center to get an idea of what was around and were pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike B
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Brussels, Belgium
Get some good advice and maps etc. at the Heritage Centre

Right near where we parked was the Heritage Centre - a first stop for information on what to see... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
WW_Traveller023
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Sydney, Australia
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The perfect start to your visit to Rye! The Rye Heritage Centre is the home of the 'Story of Rye' Town Model Sound and Light show, a handmade scale model of Victorian Rye that plays a show that takes you through 700 years of Rye's history. Historic...more
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Heritage Centre Strand Quay, Rye TN31 7AY, England
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+44 1797 226696
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Initially, I had planned to take part in the Rye History Walk but I missed it because I was too late. So I went to the Heritage Centre and asked what I could do instead. The lady at the counter was very friendly and helpful...More

5  Thank Claudia P
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 September 2012

This just appeared to be a glorified shop with a selection of old penny games machines upstairs (not sure what their connection was to Rye). There was, I understand a short film about the history of the town, but one had to pay to see...More

3  Thank jmc1959
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, son, and I went into the Center to get an idea of what was around and were pleasantly surprised by how succinct it was. There is a presentation on the history of Rye and that gave us a great overview of the town...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember this place from previous visits as being very good with excellent collection of walking guides but it now seems more interested in selling souvenirs. maybe nobody walks anymore.

Thank Christopher U
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Right near where we parked was the Heritage Centre - a first stop for information on what to see and do in Rye. Very helpful staff who gave us good advice as well as maps and pamphlets. Gifts and souvenirs are for a sale also.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Bought a 20 p map after asking about country walks. Great walk across the moors to Camber castle. It was closed and it's very difficult to find the trails. But wonderful. Windy.

Thank Helen R
Reviewed 27 September 2018

The model of the town with its sound and light show is an excellent introduction to Rye. The staff are friendly and there are high quality souvenirs on sale.

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to start a day out in Rye. Extremely pleasant and knowledgable staff will explain how to explore the town and has free maps and information leaflets. We bought a joint ticket for the little sound and light show - the...More

Thank SRT500
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Popped in here last weekend whilst staying in Rye. Had a little mooch downstairs – information, souvenirs and model village (charge) but our favourite part was the penny arcade upstairs – packed with lots of original arcade machines - for £1 you receive 7 old...More

Thank Sellest
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the centre and spent a very enjoyable time learning about local history and particularly enjoyed friendly and helpful staff.

Thank anne3658
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Very helpful staff and for a small charge of 50p, you can purchase a map with all the historical points of interest highlighted.

Thank Bunny4bee
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Love Rye but found the heritage centre not our thing. Found it a bit dull and disappointing. Souvenir shop could really help itself by selling better quality and more interesting merchandise.

1  Thank Nicky D
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Heather S
23 June 2018|
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Response from Louisa O | Property representative |
Hi Heather, Sorry you are having difficulties with the website, it is having an update at the moment. In September, we will be open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. Kind regards Louisa Heritage Centre Manager
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Margaret S
5 June 2018|
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Response from Louisa O |
Hello Margaret, Yes, we love dogs here in the Heritage Centre! They are welcome in the centre itself, and we will let you take them into the show if you think they will be alright with the lights and music. Hope to see you... More
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brenda n
10 March 2018|
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Response from Louisa O | Property representative |
Hello there! Our main attraction, The 'Story of Rye' Town Model show is fully wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible, and is a fantastic way to experience and learn about Rye without having to tackle cobbled streets... More
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