Where to Visit from Peasmarsh
Below are some suggestions about places to visit.
|A fascinating town and fishing port dating from - and still with the look and feel of - the mediaeval period; one of the Cinque Ports. Rye is famous for its seafood and holds a scallop festival in February each year. There are many things to see and do so allow for a long visit.
|A very old town with a lot of history and the first ever planned town layout - in the 13th century!
|The declared site of the Battle of Hastings where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold, King of England.
|Nature and Gardens
|Great Dixter House & Gardens
|The iconic home and garden of 'Christo' Lloyd.
|Sissinghurst Castle Garden
|Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world-renowned garden.
|Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
|Home to a world-leading collection of conifers and contains over 12,000 specimen trees, creating a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics in the rolling hills and valleys of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
|Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
|Internationally important nature reserve famed for its bird life but actually much more than that.
|The UK’s largest shingle structure growing steadily south towards France. The total area of exposed shingle covers some 1,600 ha, though the extent of the buried shingle ridges is much greater.
|A winery with rooms and restaurant within Peasmarsh.
|Oxney Organic Vineyard
|A 35 acre vineyard in the neighbouring parish of Beckley : the largest single-estate producer of English organic wine.
|A large [148 acres - 60 hectares] vineyard overlooking Romney Marsh.
|England’s leading wine producer just across the border in Kent.
|William the Conqueror is said to have founded Battle Abbey on the exact spot where Harold died as penance for the bloodshed of the Norman Conquest. It thrived as a Benedictine monastery for over 400 years but after the Reformation the abbot’s lodging was transformed into a grand country house.
|The 14th century castle at Bodiam on the banks of the River Rother is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments.
|The home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 until her death in the house in 1928. The house contains her theatre collection while the grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre.
|Built by Henry VIII to defend Rye from the marauding French, the castle is not in modern Camber and is now well inland as the shingle of Rye Harbour has built up. Note : there is no vehicular access - you need to walk for about 1 mile - and the interior is only open on very limited occasions.
|The former home and sanctuary of artist, filmmaker, gay rights activist and gardener Derek Jarman.
|Kent and East Sussex Railway
|This 10½ mile railway is a fine example of one of England’s light railways. It was originally part of a larger system which operated between Headcorn and Robertsbridge. The K&ESR was the very first 'light railway' to be constructed : light railways are equipped with full size trains, but have steep gradients and operate at low speed.
|Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
|Kent’s "Mainline in Miniature” : a world famous line with one-third full size steam & diesel locomotives running on 13½ miles [21.7 km] of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness with 4 stations in between.