Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle

Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle

Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • John B
    Houston, Texas235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful history, fun exhibits Smugglers!
    Wonderful history, fun exhibits. Smugglers! Great recordings of smuggler voices. Jail posters, skeletons, helmets to try on. Great for kids and adults. Awesome. Go here. Nice grounds and view.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • ch p
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem!!
    We visited this castle museum 31/08/23 and it is FAB. Such a gem to find. We paid £10 to get in which we didn’t think was bad at all. Kids all went free. There was lots of information about the castle and kids were fascinated with everything. There was an area downstairs where they got to hold some weapons and wear helmets which they loved. Overall I would definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views
    Rye was originally one of the Cinque Ports. You can see that the original town is situated on a hill and was surrounded by water and marshland. Over the years the land has been reclaimed and now has a firmer foundation. The Castle in Rye is situated looking down the River Rother estuary and towards the sea so that in the event of an invasion they would have a good look out. It's great that this lovely old building has been well looked after and can give us an insight into local history.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,036 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Henry III's Castle
    Ypres Tower is located on the hill behind St Mary's Church. The castle is a small early 13th century three story sandstone building built in Henry III 's reign to strengthen the town's defences. It has uneven floors and steps together with low doorways. Through it's long lifetime it has been used as a men's prison, a woman's prison, a courthouse and a morgue. It was severely damaged during the second world war being repaired from the 1950's onwards. Entry to view the museum's history, with pottery and interesting artifacts is £4 adults, £3 children with other concessions available.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 1, 2024
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Ypres Tower is located on the hill behind St Mary's Church. The castle is a small early 13th century three story sandstone building built in Henry III 's reign to strengthen the town's defences. It has uneven floors and steps together with low doorways. Through it's long lifetime it has been used as a men's prison, a woman's prison, a courthouse and a morgue. It was severely damaged during the second world war being repaired from the 1950's onwards. Entry to view the museum's history, with pottery and interesting artifacts is £4 adults, £3 children with other concessions available.
Written June 1, 2024
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Mikie Carter
Woking, UK67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Interested place to visit and a good place to escape the rain. There’s some photo opportunities downstairs with the different helmets to try on and the longbow pulling test. The gardens were very pretty too.

Only reason for the 3* is the price at £5/adult. It would be much more reasonable at £2.50/adult as it only last around 30 minutes and they would likely see more visitors at this price. Staff were very friendly and informative.
Written May 22, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Rye was originally one of the Cinque Ports. You can see that the original town is situated on a hill and was surrounded by water and marshland. Over the years the land has been reclaimed and now has a firmer foundation.

The Castle in Rye is situated looking down the River Rother estuary and towards the sea so that in the event of an invasion they would have a good look out.

It's great that this lovely old building has been well looked after and can give us an insight into local history.
Written April 1, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Graeme A
Worthing, UK348 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited Rye, we went to Lam House, the Church and a number of other places. We paid £4 each to go up the Church Tower which was really worth while to see across the town.

We then went of to the Rye Castle Museum. This cost £5 each to enter and to be quite honest there wasn’t much to see. The upper floors of both the castle and women’s prison were not open to the public.

We felt is was a waste of time and money. At £1/£2 it would have been worth it, but not £5.

This is my personal view, others will think differently. We went in based on a couple coming out who said it was well worth it, lots to see!
Written September 26, 2023
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ch p
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited this castle museum 31/08/23 and it is FAB. Such a gem to find. We paid £10 to get in which we didn’t think was bad at all. Kids all went free.

There was lots of information about the castle and kids were fascinated with everything. There was an area downstairs where they got to hold some weapons and wear helmets which they loved.

Overall I would definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area!!!
Written September 1, 2023
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Nelgumford
815 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I felt that, even after the recent devaluation of the pound, five pounds was a bit steep for a small castle like that. However, I did like that they had a gun garden - even if the ball holders were iron. So much for the brass monkey joke. It was not clear whether they had a bin prison or a bin zoo. Perhaps it was an art installation.
Written August 5, 2023
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John B
Houston, TX235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful history, fun exhibits. Smugglers! Great recordings of smuggler voices. Jail posters, skeletons, helmets to try on. Great for kids and adults. Awesome. Go here. Nice grounds and view.
Written July 30, 2023
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK16,587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
What a great place, quite small but lots to see. Not that cheap to get in but it's self sustaining so needs the money, we'll worth the visit
Written July 28, 2023
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Louise H
Slough, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Entry to the tower was £5 for an adult and free for children. I felt it was over priced for being so small and needed some TLC. I found the exhibit info too long to read as I had children with me who just wanted to explore. We were done within 20 minutes. There are 4 or 5 canons and some cannon balls if you go through the portcullis and o the right of the tower and you can see the River Rother. This part is free.

I probably wouldn’t visit again.
Written July 26, 2023
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ViaBen
Greater London, UK868 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This big tower (or small castle) is one of the main attractions in Rye, and though the architecture is not that impressive, the small museum is interesting and quirky, and you can touch and play with quite a few items.
The view from the terrace is nice, the walled garden unkempt and the overall impression is of a tired and slightly unloved place (dust, cobwebs, vaguely shabby).
Admission costs £5, and it is barely worth it.
Written July 23, 2023
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