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Town Hall ceremonies

Rye Town Hall is under a minute’s walk from The George in Rye, situated at the top of Lion Street.  The Grade I listed building is steeped in history and replete with original features that will provide excellent backdrops for some timeless wedding photographs.

Arriving at the Town Hall, the wrought-iron gates lead into the Buttermarket, the open area beneath the main Chamber. From here, ancient oak doors lead upstairs to the Main Chamber. This is where the ceremonies take place, surrounded by oak panels detailing in gold leaf the names of the past Mayors of Rye from 1289. Once used as a courtroom, the Main Chamber can accommodate up to 50 people seated (or up to 70 if using the ledges around the room). Maximum capacity is 90 guests (including some standing).


In addition Rye Town Council offers the unique services of the Town Crier. He will greet your guests on arrival and then escort the Bride to the Main Chamber. After the ceremony, when everyone is gathered outside, he will deliver the wedding ‘cry’, announcing your marriage to the town. He will then lead you and your wedding party down the hill to The George in Rye.

The duration of the ceremony at the Town Hall is approximately 30 minutes. Afterwards, your party will either convene in our Courtyard garden for reception drinks, or in our 17th century Benson room.