The picturesque town of Winchelsea is just a five minute drive from Rye. Once a major hub for the medieval wine trade and a town of national importance, Winchelsea is a rare example of a settlement laid out on a grid pattern, offering vistas along wide, straight streets to this day. Winchelsea’s medieval stone-vaulted cellars are famous, with regular guided tours throughout the summer months.
The tours are run by volunteers and all proceeds are re-invested in the town, either in the repair and maintenance of the historic buildings or in the contents and displays in the Court Hall Museum.
Tours cost £6 per person – free for children. They take place each Saturday between mid-April and late October, plus some Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. For booking and further information see the website.