Famed for its traditional, cobble-lined streets and affiliation with the Cinque Ports, it’s easy to see why tourists flock to Rye each year. But it’s not just tourists that love it here. If you’re dreaming of a life on the cobbles streets of East Sussex then here's a little bit about life in the town.
living in Rye
Shopping and amenities in Rye
Quirky shops and unique boutiques line Rye’s main high street. If it’s mainstream shops you’re after then you might be disappointed here, as the focus is mainly on art, antiques and vintage home wares.
However, there are plenty of local amenities that provide everything you need without travelling too far including:
- Local supermarket Jempsons is located opposite the train station and has ample parking.
- Two pharmacies
- A petrol station with 7 day convenience store
- 2 doctors surgeries
- 2 dentists surgeries
- Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool
- Post Office
- Beauty Salons
- Weekly farmers market
- Weekly general market - Thursdays are a particularly busy day of the week for Rye as it hosts its own market. With everything from plants, clothes, jewellery and fresh meat and produce on offer, this is a great place to visit
That's on top of all the independent shops catering for many types of items from clothes and shoes to organic beauty products. You needn’t leave the town to get everything you require unless you want to. That being said, all major supermarkets deliver to Rye and have superstores within 30 minutes drive (Ore, Hastings, Ashford, Tenterden etc.).
Food, Drink and Entertainment in Rye
This is perhaps where Rye comes into its own.
As a seaside town, you can expect to find a focus on fresh seafood dishes at many of the local restaurants and pubs here. There’s also two excellent fish and chip shops, an Italian restaurant, several Indian and Chinese restaurants, a deli, a bakery and lots of quaint little tea rooms and cafes. In honour of its connection to the sea, each year the town hosts a local Scallop Festival, which includes the much anticipated Scallop Race.
For nightlife, all of the town’s main pubs and bars are easily accessible and are all within a short walking distance from one another.
Rye is also just a few miles from some great beaches at Camber Sands, Winchelsea and Rye Harbour and is surrounded by fantastic countryside to explore with a great network of walking and cycle paths, so if the outdoors is your thing, Rye has it all.
Transport in Rye
Getting around Rye is very simple – everything is located in such close proximity that most of the time you can walk from one side of town to the other within 10 minutes.
The town has excellent transport links to the outer towns and villages via regular bus services, as well as trains that connect to the bigger towns like Brighton, Eastbourne, Ashford, Maidstone, Canterbury and London. Another bonus is the town’s proximity to two local beaches, with Winchelsea Beach and Camber Sands only ten minutes away in either direction by bus or car.
Commuting from Rye
Rye is also a pretty good base if you're commuting to some of the larger towns and cities in the South East with good journey times by train and road.
- Commuting to London from Rye: The High Speed rail link via ashford gets you from Rye to St Pancras in 1 hour and 6 minutes and is only an hours drive from the M25.
- Commuting to Ashford from Rye: Only 22 minutes by train or approximately 30 minutes by road Ashford is a popular location for work for many Rye residents
- Commuting to Hastings from Rye: Only 15 minutes by train or approximately 30 minutes by road makes Hastings a fairly simple commute for those living in Rye.
Moving to Rye as a family?
The town is well equipped for family life. With a number of nurseries, primary schools and a main secondary school, plus two parks, local football, rugby and netball clubs and a leisure centre with a gym and heated swimming pool, there’s plenty to keep children of all ages occupied.
For more information on Rye, visit www.ryesussex.co.uk
Removals Services to Rye
Rye's narrow streets, ancient properties and wide range of access challenges make for some interesting home moves. Bournes Moves was founded in Rye in 1875 so we've definately got some experience in how to overcome those challenges!
Please do get in touch with a quote for Removals to Rye and we'll be happy to help!