Invasion, battles, pirates, smuggling and murders — not many places have had such a dramatic and violent history as Rye’s and a guided ghost walk around Rye will bring its spooky past and present to life.
A guided ghost walk around Rye will give you a mere slither of the spectral experience on offer in one of England’s most haunted towns, and is a great way to start a haunting winter night.
Your guide will escort you through Rye’s historic half-timbered buildings and winding cobbled streets, stopping off at the sites that are home to many things that go bump in the night – mixing tidbits of local history with some blood-curdlingly gruesome tales of murder and medieval slaughter.
A Guided ghost walk will take you through 900 years of horrible history, making these walks as fascinating as they are frightening. You never know, a phantom smuggler could stagger into your path at The Mermaid Inn or perhaps walking down Turkey Cock Lane the ghost of the poor monk who was entombed in a wall alive with his lover for trying to elope will drag his shadow next to yours?
A particular highlight is spending time in the Ypres Tower as featured in the popular tv series ‘Great British Ghosts’. As you walk around the fortification you can understand why – this place has an ambiance that is more than a little eerie. Built-in around 1249 to defend Rye from French attacks and used for centuries as a prison, the Tower is packed full of history.
This is a great way to get an alternative perspective on the Rye’s colourful history and with figures lurking in the shadows, it’s a guaranteed fright night.
For non-believers, it’s a chance to see the town transformed by an enthusiastic, knowledgable guide, who gives the buildings a life and history one would otherwise miss.
And for those who want to see a real ghost, try and catch a glimpse of the murderous Hawkhurst gang, plotting their next smuggling adventure in the Mermaid Inn, just don’t let them see you…
Please contact the Heritage Centre for further information. Pre-booking is essential as spaces for these tours are limited and run from late September to late February. The cost is £12.00 per person (Please note that the Guided Ghost Walks Around Rye is unsuitable for children under 14 years of age)