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A memorable weekend in the quintessentially English medieval town, Rye

I am starting a UK Staycation series as we get to explore more of the UK in 2021. First up is the quintessentially English medieval town, Rye along the south-east coast of England. We had been in lockdown number 2 since last Christmas when the government announced that we would be freed in May, my friend and I immediately booked a long weekend for our birthday getaway.

After much research and contemplation, we landed on a weekend staycation in Rye. This is possibly one of the most charming towns in England. The medieval buildings and cobble-stoned streets coupled with our freedom-at-last attitude, literally felt like we arrived at fairytale land. We were like birds out of our cages. Feeling the warmth from May sunshine touching my skin and the thrill of being somewhere outside the four walls of your home.

Rye is just over an hour journey from London

We took a direct train from London Kings Cross. Get the super off-peak tickets. Make sure you travel ON the day you booked, unlike us, which turned out to be an expensive lesson! Rye is a small town and the station is just a few minutes walk away from the town centre. We booked a self-contained two-bedroom house right in the heart of the town, just to be safe, in case the covid and social distancing rules change.

Quintessential medieval town Rye, England

Rye is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England

This quintessentially English medieval town is the smallest town I’ve visited in England. But of course, I haven’t been to every town here… yet! You can basically do the whole town in less than 15 minutes. BUT you won’t be able to resist not stopping for photos. Every corner is a photo opportunity. So get your camera ready and follow me! I suggest leaving your heels at home though. 😉

Wandering along the cobblestone streets is definitely not conducive to heels… just saying.

The Old Bell – a historic English pub that dates back to the 15th century in the heart of Rye town. The interior still has the original oak beams and wooden floors as well as a front terrace surrounded by an 80-year-old wisteria tree (sadly I don’t have a photo of it!)

One of the most ‘Instagrammable’ streets in the UK

Mermaid Street, the main Street in Rye, which is seriously charming and so Instagrammable! Walking along here was like a step back to medieval times and just like something out of a fairytale. If you’re a wisteria chaser, May is the perfect time to visit. So many beautiful houses dressed in dashing purple wisterias. Not to mention witnessing some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the UK!!

Mermaid street, Rye England An Instagrammable Sunset at the most famous Mermaid Street in Rye.
Sunset in Rye A quintessential English sunset from Rye
House surrounded by wisteria One of many fairytale houses on the ‘wisteria lane’ of Rye

As I mentioned, Rye is a pretty small town. But it has a good number of nice restaurants and pubs that date back to the 15th century that are worth checking out. It is not overly populated. Just the perfect place for a slow weekend away, unwind and experience English history in person. Also, a trip to Rye is not complete without a mouth-watering-choose-your-own-perfect-rich-and-smooth chocolate milkshake from Knoops!! You’re welcome! 🙂

Next up… Camber Sands, countryside hike and sheep turds…

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