06 Jan Things to do in Rye
Within a few miles of Rye you will find a wide range of things to do in Rye for adults.
Charles Palmer Vineyard Winchelsea
Book your wine tasking here https://www.charlespalmer-vineyards.co.uk/wine-tastings/
Following our wine tasting, we can also offer signature vineyard feast lunches, freshly cooked by our good friends at VINE + COUNTRY. This delightful two course lunch will feature a variety of delicious recipes which showcase the very best of the season. You can also book full OR half day packages which includes all of the above plus transport from your accommodation or train station as well.
Book your tour here https://oxneyestate.com/vineyard-tours/
Vineyard Tours at Oxney: Explore Oxney, our organic vineyard near Rye, and get the behind-the-scenes story of our wines on a 90-minute guided tour and tasting. From May through September we run tours every Saturday at 11am. In October-April our winter season means less time outside and more time inside tasting and nibbling our home made charcuterie (veg options available).
Book your tour here https://tillingham.com/visit/tours/
Our tours run each day that we are open and generally last around 90 minutes, these can be a little shorter or longer depending on the size of the group. Tours cost £35 per person and places can be booked online via Resy
Enjoy a tour of a really good local vineyard with an excellent meal and plenty of excellent wine tasting. It may be a good idea to arrange a taxi as they are a generous lot at Gusbourne.
The tours range from a simple walk around the vineyard to a range of tasting sessions followed by a meal with matched wines. We always have great feedback from these sessions.
Book your tour here https://www.sedlescombeorganic.com/pages/book-a-tour-and-tasting
Grapevine Wine and Champagne bar
Seriously one of the best bars in town, live jazz most nights and always a great atmosphere, our guests love it here.
English Wine Tasting Tours
Wines of Kent and East Sussex rival those of the best from Europe. Fortunately we have the best of local tour companies available to enjoy excellent relationships with every wine producer in the south east.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Only a short drive away and visible from the garden. The nature reserve offers a flat level walk of around 1.5 miles and has over 1,000 acres of flat, open low lying ground. With over 4,355 species recorded so far, including more than 300 considered rare and endangered in Britain.
The newly opened discovery centre is an accessible friendly hub for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The excellent café, shop also offer fantastic views. https://rye.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discovery-centre
Gardens open to the public near Rye
We have Great Dixter guests come from all over the World for courses and to pass the time of day. Great Dixter is about 6 miles from Rye.
Pashley manor is well worth a visit. The amazing Tulips planted by James and his team offer a tranquil setting. The staff are all extremely knowledgeable about the gardens.
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch light Railway
https://www.rhdr.org.uk/ is a small gauge light railway only a short drive from Rye.
Kent and East Sussex Light Railway
https://www.kesr.org.uk/ This is a great day out as the railway commutes between Tenterden and Bodiam Castle. Both Bodiam Castle and the Railway are well worth a visit.
Bodiam Castle is probably one of the most intact castles in the UK It’s a National Trust Property. Travel to the Bodiam Boating Station from Saltcote Place takes about 5 minutes. By Boat to Bodiam takes around 35 minutes. Travel back by Train to Tenterden later returning to your car at Northiam it will be a great day.
Bodiam Boating Station offers the chance to enjoy the countryside as you quietly move along the river toward Bodiam Castle.
Places to eat in Rye
We have a full list of the best places to eat in Rye that we send to you as part of the confirmation process, we include a Pub without a bar, even before Covid they focussed on table service. We suggest a fish café who insist on fresh everything but never advertise and places with real log fires that are so very inviting.