History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A good example of a 16th century Henrician fort
The castle is fairly typical of Henry's fortresses; a geometric design with rounded bastions around a central tower. The tower was built first, around 1512 as part of a plan to defend Rye harbour. The rounded design of the circular tower was intended to deflect cannon balls. Around 1530 the outer curtain wall was built around the tower. Gun platforms were built at alternate corners. A passage was built inside the curtain wall, linking the gun platforms.
You really do have to want to get to Camber Castle. Think of it as a walk through a lovely nature reserve, with a castle in the middle. English Heritage sponsor monthly guided tours of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with special castle admission during the tour, but otherwise you'll have to be content with viewing the exterior of the castle. To be fair, you can actually get a pretty good view of the interior through the iron grill that bars the entrance. The trail that goes past the castle leaves the A259 about a mile south of Rye, off Harbour Road. Park on Harbour Road or simply walk down from the town centre. Its about a 1 mile walk each way, but the going is very flat, so it should take no more than 20 minutes each way.
You can easily make the excursion into a longer circular walk - that's what we did; we parked our car at the public car park in Rye Harbour and followed the trail along Nook Beach. You can see the castle in the distance as the ground is so flat, so there's not much hope of getting lost. The trail joins the Royal Military Canal Path and goes straight past the castle gates. An OS map is very useful, though. The one we use is the Explorer 125.
About Camber Castle
Address: Rye, East Sussex, England, TN31 7TD
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Off the A259 1 mile south of Rye, 1 mile walk across fields
Website: Camber Castle
Phone: 01797 227 784
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: David Ross
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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