Medieval Town of Rye

  • Port

    Dover (London), England, UK

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4¼ Hours

  • Meals Included


Travel by motorcoach a short distance on the main freeway; then you're off into the hinterland, driving along country roads through the quaint and scenic county of Kent. You'll pass small villages, farms and the hamlets of Tenterden and Northiam. Drive down charming High Street of Northiam, where the buildings are clad in their original façades dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Continuing to Rye, you'll see old hops-drying houses that have been converted into homes. This fortified hilltop town has played a colorful role in history since the Middle Ages, and its charm continues to draw visitors to its shores. Nowadays, Rye is a center for boat building, fishing and pottery-making. Your visit includes a brief stop at the Rye Heritage Centre to view a model of the original medieval town.

Enjoy some free time to explore on your own the old fortified city. Stroll down its narrow lanes, view its historic buildings or browse its shops and galleries. The church tower is a great vantage point for getting your bearings -- a climb up the steps to the top is rewarded by panoramic views of Southeast England.

The ride back to the ship takes you over Romney Marsh -- an eerie and beautiful wetlands featuring floodplains, meadows and windblown trees -- and through the former smugglers' bolt-hole of Hythe.


Wear comfortable walking shoes.