Rye Rail Station is in the heart of the town a 10 minute walk from the Mermaid Inn on Mermaid St, where the History Walks begin. Trains are from:
See http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for more details.
National Express (http://www.nationalexpress.com/) operates a daily service from London Victoria to Hastings. A local service (Bus no. 100 /101) then runs to Rye from outside Hastings Rail Station. See http://www.stagecoachbus.com for more details or phone the Travel Line 0871 200 2233 (http://www.traveline.info/)
Rye is on the A259 between Hastings to the west and Folkestone / Dover to the east. From the north take Junction 5 (A21) off the M25. Continue on the A21 then at the Flimwell crossroads, take the A268 towards Hawkhurst and follow the signs to Rye. Visit http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/ for more details.
Rye has a number of public car parks but they can get very busy at the weekends and in the tourist season. On street parking is very limited in terms of time and availability. The Gibbets Marsh car park on the edge of town (B2089 Battle road) probably offers the best overall capacity for the day visitor. The Rail Station car park is more central and also a good option and cheaper for all day parking (note: it is closed on Thursday – market day in Rye). See http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/rye_east_sussex/ for more details.
Rye remains a fully operational port and harbour. For more information and detials on arriving by boat visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rye-harbour-passage-pilot-and-mooring-information-for-boaters
Health and Safety / Disability Access
Rye is rightly famous for its cobbled streets in the Citadel. However, they can be quite treacherous for the unwary. Clients should ensure they have appropriate footwear and take care when walking on the cobbles, particularly in wet weather, when the cobbles can become very slippy.
Whilst Rye History Walks will make every effort to accommodate visitors with a disability, the Walk itself unfortunately precludes access for seriously physically impaired individuals. Rye’s historic steep cobbled streets and narrow, sometimes uneven pavements, make wheelchair access hazardous.
A disabled visitor is invited to contact Rye History Walks by telephone or email to discuss their individual requirements or to obtain further guidance.