5 star ratings for the Ypres Tower
Visitors are promoting our Castle and the town
Both our museums are accumulating 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor. Here are a few examples from recent ‘Excellent’ postings for the Ypres Tower, our open-every-day site. (Next time: a report on the East Street museum.)
The first needs translating for you unless you are familiar with Korean:
작지만 알찬 성 which means ‘small but full of character’
Must go back again! A lovely museum in a beautiful building, in superb surroundings with views over the Rother and marsh to Rye Bay. The artefacts are well looked after and displayed. Well done everyone. The highlight? The only original smugglers signalling lamp known to exist.
Great for the kids and history lovers. Love this castle museum. Lots of things to look at and read about a fab little area for your young ones. There’s a little dress-up area with clothes and props where they can pose for photos. Lovely views over the nature reserve and harbour. Photo opportunities here are fab.
Compact, interesting, and fun! This is a small castle and former town jail. Good value for money as the children found all the exhibits, displays, and jail stories fascinating…. particularly the skeleton in the gibbet! We were only there for about an hour max but it was well worth the visit and we had a sunny afternoon to enjoy the lovely views. Even though my children are 12 and 14 they still enjoyed trying out the helmets and longbows in the basement!
Medlar and Gibbet. Just the thing for part of your programme for a rainy day in Rye. The entrance fee is well worth it for supporting this charity-run attraction. The ancient building is imposing and the museum with its memorabilia of Rye is very interesting, particularly the artefacts of the Napoleonic era and references to smugglers. There is a garderobe (loo) and a very spooky gibbet with a real skeleton! The delightful garden by the restored women’s prison has a rare medlar tree.
Very interesting and absorbing. Fantastic ancient place. Tiny castle, lovely views from the tower and a great piece of history. Felt sorry for people who had to spend their last hours in the condemned cell… Well worth a visit I thought, and the printed stuff about smuggling was interesting. There was lots to read and the guys on the desk at various times were very knowledgeable, told us all about how Rye used to be.
If you like history, Rye castle is a must visit. The castle is extremely well maintained and has been restored keeping to its past, and is also a museum showcasing its history over the years. ….. There are excellent guides and information boards throughout giving you all its history….. From the balcony you can look over what was once one of the largest and most important harbours in the country. In the C16th it was England’s seventh busiest port; now there is farmland where once was sea. Well worth a visit when in Rye, in fact there is so much to see in Rye it’s difficult to choose.
Well curated and interesting collection. We popped in here to escape a rain shower, but were so pleased we did. Very interesting collection, and great presentation of the history of Rye. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Lovely small castle. Day trip to Rye, decided to pop in to the castle. Really quaint but interesting. Children under 16 go free. I particularly liked the ladies jail in the garden. The views from the castle are lovely too. The gentleman on the desk was very friendly and told us some of the history of the castle. A very nice way to spend an hour.
Excellent castle with hidden gems! Rye castle opens at 10 am. We got there at 9.30 and waited playing by the cannons and enjoying the beautiful view. It was well worth the wait! The castle offers history and mystery. There are also hands-on activities on the lower floor for children which is fabulous. There is lots of information and opportunity to learn about the history of the castle and the town of Rye…..Rye is now one of my favourite places in the UK, and the castle is something one must go and see!
And many more along the lines of:
· – Knowledgeable chappie on the desk, happily answered all questions
· – Great history and wonderful stories
· – Fantastic views over the marshes
· – nice little castle in a nice little town
· = Don’t miss the Rye Castle Museum!