St. Mary's Parish Church

St. Mary's Parish Church, Rye

St. Mary's Parish Church
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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For more than 900 years the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the old town stands. Today, if you wish, you can climb the church tower where, from the top, you can see magnificent views of Rye and the surrounding countryside. St Mary's is open to visitors every day of the year, except for Christmas Day, from 9.15Am - 5.15Pm in summer and 9.15Am - 4.15Pm in winter. Admission to the church is FREE. The Visitor Centre stocks a good range of postcards, Christian greetings cards, prayer cards, books, gifts and Christian jewellery. The Tower, which is open every day (weather permitting) for a charge, has become a popular place for marriage proposals!
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IAN W
St Helens, UK2 998 contributions
Magnificent
Jun 2021
For over 900 years,people have worshipped here,at one of the highest points in the town of Rye.
A really beautiful church interior,many beautiful stained glass windows,so peaceful and serene,well worth the walk to it,only found out when we'd returned home that you can climb its tower!
Written 30 June 2021
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mike r
Bromsgrove, UK963 contributions
well worth the climb
Jun 2021
Located at the top of the town this surprisingly large church is well worth finding. It also a logical way to explore the town. There is no charge to enter the church and visitors are made welcome.
Some lovely glass windows were a highlight for us but there is so much more to see. Even if you don't enter the church, there are nice gardens and areas to sit and relax, especially welcome after the climb to find it!
Written 14 June 2021
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ShaunH290
London, UK1 466 contributions
Historic Building at the Heart of Rye!
Dec 2020
There are always unique treasures in these old historical church buildings, No two stained glass windows are the same. The memorials are one offs. The Mayor's chair is certainly one of a kind. The layout is surprisingly unusual and the flying buttresses outside seem strangely random, but obviously essential to the stability of the overall structure. Perhaps the strangest part is the water tower in the church yard, built in 1735.

Unfortunately, the tower is currently closed but the building is still one of the few attractions in the town that is open.
Written 19 December 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK3 965 contributions
A beautiful and historic church in a fabulous location.
Sep 2020 • Couples
There has been a church in this location for over 900 years and the present building dates from the early 12th century. And talking of important dates, the “new” clock was installed as far back as 1561 and still works!

Located at the top of the town, the church is a beautiful building in peaceful surroundings and, Rye being such a lovely place, any route you take to get to the church will also be lovely.
Written 23 September 2020
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Peter T
31 contributions
Fascinating and Peaceful
Feb 2020
The Lady manning the "Church Shop" was very friendly and helpful and made one feel extremely welcome. There was a restful ambiente in this surprisingly large Church set in an historic part of Town. There is access to a stairway up to a view over Rye for which there is a small charge.
Written 12 April 2020
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bennyboy
Rye, UK3 contributions
Stunning views
Mar 2020 • Couples
The views from the Bell Tower are stunning. A full 360 view of Rye is what awaits you after an exciting climb past the bells onto the roof top. Well worth the visit.
Written 8 March 2020
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Krista G
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg59 contributions
Best bell tower climb!
Mar 2020
The church is absolutely splendid. Beautiful interior, lovely stained glass work... however the gem of the visit was the climb up the bell tower -- you weave your way up narrow corridors and up ladder stairs of the tower, until you approach the attic/roof door that opens you out onto the panoramic roof. WOW what a view of the city. It was terribly windy that day, but sunny and you could see for miles. Such a special moment + experience. Everyone who visits Rye must try (as long as you're not afraid of heights and claustrophobic).
Written 3 March 2020
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_jandjwheeler15
Herefordshire, UK14 contributions
Lovely old church
Mar 2020 • Couples
A beautiful building and a CD by the Priests was playing which added to the atmosphere. The tower can be climbed for great views.
Written 1 March 2020
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John from Brighon
23 contributions
Old Church with great History
Feb 2020
It was a cold wet day when we visited. Nice to be able to go in the warm and dry. Incredible history, stained glass windows etc. We did not go to the roof/tower as weather bad
Written 28 February 2020
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cookiebiscuit_10
Cheltenham, UK488 contributions
Scary climb to the top of the bell tower!!
Feb 2020 • Family
This is a beautiful church with fabulous stained glass but the bell tower is the highlight. We took8 our grandchildren aged 3 and 5 and the little one was quite scared. There are stairs and narrow passages and steep wooden ladders plus the bells which the eldest was afraid would start ringing. Afterwards she wanted to go again. The three year old said the scariest part was a bird scarer owl which was 'staring' at her.
Written 22 February 2020
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