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things to do in rye

One of England’s best-preserved medieval towns, Rye is a maze of cobbled streets and tiny passageways.  It is home to Henry James’ Lamb House, its church is nearly a millennium old, and its former defence, the Ypres Tower, dates from 1250.  Visit the museum in the Ypres Tower, climb the church spire at St Mary’s Church, visit the many art galleries and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.  Rye is the location for the fictional town of ‘Tilling’ in the BBC series of Benson’s ‘Mapp & Lucia’ and Lamb House features as ‘Mallards’ in the series.  The house was home to writer Henry James from 1898-1916 and later home to E.F. Benson and Rumer Godden.


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