Trains to Rye

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Rye is a small town located in East Sussex, approximately two miles away from the English Channel. It lies at the confluence of rivers Brede, Rother and Tillingham. The first two rivers form part of the Royal Military Canal that flows between Winchelsea and Iden Lock. Rye transitioned from being a thriving fishing town in the 19th century to a cultural destination thanks to the numerous art and photography galleries. It is today one of the best-preserved medieval port towns in England, that thanks to its ancient buildings and cobbled streets that frequently are used for popular film, TV series and TV adverts filming.

Rye main attractions are enclosed in the Citadel that is characterized by Rye Castle, also known as Ypres Tower which was built in 1249 and is now part of the Town Wall. The town hosts James Lamb’s house. Built in 1722, in 1726 it hosted King George after his ship was washed ashore.

Visitors will find several historical buildings along the charming Mermaid Street, Watchbell Street and Church Square. Rye’s main road, Winchelsea Road, runs parallel to River Brede and host houses built in 1930s, on the excavations from the Royal Military Canal. Visitors will come across gardens that are parallel to the river, with fishing and boating rights. Most of Rye's inhabitants live outside the Citadel area. The historic roots and its charm make Rye a popular tourist destination, offering hotels, guest houses, B&Bs as well as tea rooms, and restaurants. It has a small fishing fleet, and Rye Harbor has facilities for yachts and other vessels. Visitors attracted to this charming town who are travelling by train, are advised to purchase train tickets to Rye in advance to benefit from early booking discounts.

The town was connected by the railway in 1851, it has become now one of the main stops on the train line that connects Hastings to Ashford International. Visitors arriving at this station will find an Italianstyle old-fashioned train station. Southern offers one train per hour service departing from Rye directed to Brighton and one per hour to Ashford international. The latter allows passengers to catch connections to Eurostar train service to Paris Gare du Nord as well as fast trains to London St. Pancras. Passengers directed to Gatwick Airport can change at Eastbourne or Lewes train station. Peak time train services consist in six trains per hour running to Ashford international between 6:00am and 9:00am, and from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Off-peak services consist in one train per hour. From May 2018 Southern will discontinue the fast service to Brighton which will instead terminate at Eastbourne.

Rye station facilities include a Ticket Office, a shop and a small restaurant. There are two platforms and two entrances. The one from the station concourse leads to platform 2. Rye station platforms are connected by a footbridge. There is a step free access to platform 1 accessing the station from Rope Walk Passengers requiring accessibility assistance are advised to book assistance prior travelling or to seek help from one of the designated members of staff available at the train station. Travelers can benefit from a pay and display car park located outside the train station. CCTV surveillance services and Wi-Fi operate at this station. Visitors are attracted to Rye to visit Rye castle a 14th century stone fortress with tower, its restored museum and exhibition. The town offers Rye Art Gallery exhibiting a permanent collection of paintings made by local artists, contemporary art, jewellery and crafts for sale. Travelers are advised to book train tickets to Rye and reserve a guided tour of the remains of Camber Castle, a vast artillery fort built by Henry VIII set in Rye Harbor’s Nature Reserve. Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to walk down to Camber Sands is a scenic sandy beach with windswept dunes.