Review: A day trip to Rye

Historic Houses

It’s the Easter holidays and so I decided to do something cultural by taking a trip to Rye, East Sussex.

Full of quirky antique shops and pretty gift shops, I spent an hour or so exploring the main town and Mermaid Street. The mermaid hotel dates back to 1156 and apparently houses a secret passageway which connects to a pub called the Old Bell. Back in the day, smugglers would use Rye as a base.

The Mermaid hotel and bar

I had a nice walk in the sunshine exploring the plethora of antique shops that Rye has to offer. Found a lovely little bargain, beautiful tea cup and saucer for 2 pounds!

The high street
Inside the antique shops
My £2 teacup!

For lunch, I popped into the Old Bell Pub. A real oldy worldy pub which takes you back in time. Everything in Rye is local. No big brand names. .. you won’t find a mcdonalds! I have a feeling its the same with the produce… mostly local. I ordered a cheese and ham panini and the ham was so tasty and freshly carved.


It was a perfect day, with perfect weather. The drive home was really interesting with lots of traditional ‘oast’ houses which display interesting architecture with conical shaped domes.

Oast House

To finish off the day, I stumbled upon some pretty bluebell fields in the countryside surrounding Rye. I will definitely be going back to Rye for more exploring and shopping.

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