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Pleasant day trip destination
Member Name: robvr6
Advantages: Picturesque, pleasant locals, very nice olde world inns etc
Disadvantages: not a huge amount of things to do
Rye is a very pleasant place to visit, i spent the day here with my Fiancee and had a great time.
There are several tourist oriented things to do which include:-
1) The old penny arcade. This is located on the first floor of the Heritige centre at the heart of Rye, it is great fun and houses a very good collection of old amusement machines from the early 1900's, it will cost you £1 for 7 old pennys which in my opinion is pretty good value for money. The machines probably wont appeal to the xbox and playstation generation much, but they are true classics and definately worth a look.
2) The Rye town model. This is located on the ground floor of the Heritige centre and is a miniature scale model of the whole town. Some serious work has been put into this model, but i think it has been left alone for quite some time now and is looking a little bit tired, there is a show which incorporates the model, and has a video and soundtrack running in the viewing room which costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.
3) Ypres Tower. A very historical site which was built in 1250, and has gone through many changes both superficially and in ownership. It is not the largest fortification in the world, but it is incredibly well preserved, and now houses a small but fun museum, which will appeal to kids as well as adults.
4) The old cobbled streets and shops. There are several old cobbled dtreets that are incredibly pretty, and offer some lovely views, and along all of them are period buildings and inns which serve very good food and drink (there are even local ales for those that arent driving)
5) Wetland Centre. a short drive from the town centre is the wetland centre, which offers a cornocopia of wildlife at different times of the year, including sea birds, and farm birds, cattle, and many types of flaura and forna. Best of all, its completely free! (as is the parking)
After a walk through the town and wetland centre, you can always stop off at the sea for a bit of sunbathing or swimming if you prefer, and the local beach is actually quite nice, with a pebble backing leading down to a fine sandy beach.
Rye is definately worth a look if its not a million miles away for you, however i dont think i couldf spend more than a couple of days there before exhausting its offerings.
Summary: great for 1 or 2 days, but no more
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