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Just a few ideas of things to do in & around Camber & Rye...

Towns nearby to explore


Rye - Perched on an outcrop of sandstone overlooking the marshes, Rye is probably one of the most visited small towns in England and Mermaid Street is almost certainly the most photographed street. The Mermaid Inn itself may date back to 1156, but like most of Rye, it was burned in 1377 by the French and only the cellar survived. However in 1420 it was re-built as it is today. Rye is steeped in history and its buildings and cobbled streets have changed little in the last 500 years.


Rye has a long literary history too, having been home to many authors over the years, including EF Benson who used Rye as the setting for his Mapp and Lucia stories. The BBC’s dramatisation of Mapp and Lucia was filmed on location in Rye.


Today Rye is a vibrant hub for the local community. Its streets are lined with many and varied independent shops, ancient inns, great eateries, tea shops and cafés and other historical buildings, many of which remain private homes.


We would encourage all our guests to take a least half a day to explore Rye, wandering through the cobbled streets and narrow alley ways and enjoying the views from its elevated position over the surrounding marshland towards the sea.


Winchelsea - This historic town founded in 1288 as a port, although it now lies inland, is a splendid example of a medieval planned town, with a grid pattern of streets. A pretty town with an impressive church, a pub and well stocked delicatessen.


Hastings - Once the premier port of the former Cinque Ports, Hasting's maritime heritige still clear today, it is still home to Europe's biggest beach launched fishing fleet.


Battle - home of the great Battle of Hastings in 1066 the town grew around the Abbey of St Martin, now cared for by English Heritage as a visitor attraction together with the battlefields. The town has some lovely Georgain buildings and a Norman church.




Historic Houses and Castles


Bodiam Castle - National Trust -

Scotney Castle - National Trust

Batemans, Burwash - National Trust

Smallhythe Place, Tenterten - National Trust

Lamb House, Rye - National Trust

Battle Abbey - English Heritage -

Camber Castle - English Heritage

Hastings Castle






Great Dixter, Northiam -

Sissinghurst - National Trust

Derek Jarman's Garden, Dungeness

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst -






Biddenden Vineyards - Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard producing award winning wines, ciders and juices. The vineyard is open to visitors throughout the year, admission & tastings are FREE


Carr Taylor Vineyard - a family estate producing award-winning sparkling, still and fruit wines since 1971. The vineyard is open to visitors throughout the year, with self-guided tours and FREE tasting available all year round. Guided tours and tutored tastings available on selected dates, and need to be pre-booked.  


Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard - England's oldest organic vineyard (Est 1979). Biodynamic since 2010. Produces award winning whites, rose red and sparkling wine, as well as fruit wines, cider, liqueurs and fruit juices. Open daily for Self-guided Vineyard and Woodland Nature Trail + Wine Tasting. Situated 4 miles East of Battle and 7 miles north of Hastings on B2244 road, 1.5 miles north of Hastings.


The Chapel Down Winery - The largest producer of English wine in the country. Chapel Down offer a variety of tour and tasting experiences, a well stocked shop and award winning restaurant.



Things to do with the kids


Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway -

Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings -

Kent & Sussex Steam Railway -

Smugglers Adventure, Hastings -

Clambers Indoor Play Centre, Hastings -

Hastings Castle 1066 Story -

Port Lympne Wildlife Park

Dungeness Lighthouse -




Wildlife & Nature


Rye Harbour Nature Reserve -

Wldlife news and events from the coast covered by the RX fishing boat registration –

Hastings Country Park and Nature Reserve

Dungeness RSPB Bird Reserve - Nature trails, hides and excellent visitors centre -






Rye Water Sports -

Kitesurfing, Landboarding & Powerkiting - The Kitesurf Centre - 

Kitesurfing lessons, Kite Buggy Courses and Powerkite Experiences - Camber Kitesurfing-

Power Boat and RIB Charter -

Waterskiing, Wakeboarding and Jet Skiing -

Golf - Rye Golf Club, Littlestone Golf Club and Lydd Golf Club are alll within a few miles of our cottages.

Cycle Hire - - The quite roads around the Romney Marshes are prefect for exploring by bike. We can help you with routes and maps.



Visit Englands Coast for more ideas

Great Dixter gardens a short drive from our Camber Sands holiday cottages. The Old Lighthouse, Dungeness about 15 minutes by car from our holiday cotages at Camber Sands. Cobbles Teashop in Rye, East Sussex Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RDHR). Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings is a 25 minute drive from The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster holiday cottages at Camber Grapes at Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden Ypre Castle, one of many family attractions to be found in Rye, East Sussex. Bodiam Castle about 30 minutes drive from our family holiday cottages at Camber Sands in East Sussex The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street in Rye Hastings fishing fleet at sunset Small Hythe near Tenternden, owned by the National Trust Windsurfing at Camber Sands Kite surfing at Camber Sands Hastings Country Park Children playing at Battle Abbey Kite flying on Camber Sands Battle Abbey the site fo the Battle of Hastings in 1066 Camber Castle owned by English Heritage Child cycling on Rye Harbour Scotney Castle owned by the National Trust Rye's cobbled streets View of Rye from church tower

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