Rye – a village anchored in medieval times


Rye is a town in the county of Sussex which is known for possessing one of England’s best preserved medieval tracings. Time seems to have stopped between the houses with their wonderful wooden framework and the cobbled streets. This town is located only one hour by train from London and has many locations for your next audiovisual projects.

Rye lies at the confluence of three rivers, about two kilometers off the sea coast in the south of England. It has a great charm linked to the history and beauty of its location, so some do not hesitate to rate it among the most beautiful cities in the Anglo-Saxon country.

Mystical locations

A part of the city is located in a rocky location and more elevated than the rest where the old citadel was located. Here you find, in a state of almost perfect preservation, the historical buildings. An old church, part of the walls of the city, including the Ypres tower and medieval houses, with tiny windows and age-old roofs dating from 1450, along with other more current from the seventeenth century. In this area the tourist attraction and the beauty of its streets and facades are concentrated.

For an audiovisual production or a photographic shooting wrapped in the mysticism and the enchantment of medieval times, this is the perfect location. Its historical aspect gives the locality a charm that traps all its visitors.

Cobbled streets, Tudor-style houses with wooden frameworks in which flowers and small birds look out onto the balconies and windows. In this town seems to have stopped the time.

Hight Street

In Rye there are two main streets. The first is the main artery: High Street. Local businesses predominate here, which are quite peculiar. In this street you will find the perfect focus for your audiovisual productions and photographic shootings, with an almost real air of medieval England. The architectural set of the Tudor-style houses framed with dark wood contrasts with the cobbled pavements.

Mermaid Street

The second artery, Mermaid Street, enchants its visitors like a siren song in the ancient legends. It is famous for the Tavern the Siren, one of the best known in the south of the country. It is located in a building rebuilt in the year 1420, but it has been open since the 12th century and has a turbulent history.

What other locations can you find?

St. Mary’s Anglican Church

In this church you will find the oldest working clock in England, dated 1561. It is surrounded by a charming cemetery. The surrounding beautifully preserved Tudor-style houses form a beautiful set.

Ypres Tower

Built as a castle in 1250 to protect the city. This castle has had many functions throughout history, such as housing, jail and even morgue. It now houses the Rye History Museum.

From the wall you can see the canals and breathtaking views of the river Rother, where the fishing fleet of Rye remains moored. In the vicinity of Ypres you get the most imposing views of the Rother river, fabulous at sunset.

Camber Sands

Located east of the mouth of the River Rother in Rye Bay lies Camber Sands, the only dune system in East Sussex. A popular sandy beach with picturesque dunes. Camber Sands is connected to Rye via a trail, ideal for cycling or walking. To bad a drizzle will accompany us on the journey almost certainly.

When you reach the shore, you will find an unusual coast location, where you can admire the North Sea with its cold waters, a perfect background for good audiovisual productions or photographic shootings…

Bodiam Castle

Located in the eastern part of Sussex, it is one of the medieval castles that best reflects the splendour of medieval times in Britain. The castle has a rectangular base and has circular towers at each of its corners. To protect the centre there is another tower, in this case square. Although, the most defensive and effective element is the moat.

It is fed by springs in the north and south. The castle stays are in one of the corner towers and the chapel in another one.

During its construction, much of the attention was set on comfortable dwellings, and as such its value as a military fortress has been in doubt. Although the moat is a good barrier, the walls of the castle are not very thick, and there is only one line of defence.

The castle has survived over the centuries and has served as location for many movies and television series. Why shouldn’t it be added to your list of locations for your next audiovisual production?