Welcome to The Ship Inn

Located in the heart of the historic East Sussex town of Rye, The Ship dates back to 1592. Originally built as a warehouse to store contraband seized from smugglers, it has certainly had a colourful past, which only adds to the pub’s charm.

Today you’ll find a quintessentially English country inn bursting with character. From hearty breakfasts and splendid Sunday roasts to seafood platters and a wonderful selection of wines, The Ship is an idyllic spot for a family lunch or a catch up with friends.

Don’t want to leave? Stay the night in one of our 10 boutique bedrooms and suites. The perfect home-from-home for the night or an extended weekend getaway.

Families and dogs are both welcomed at The Ship.

What's on & Offers

Rye Jazz Festival returns to The Ship

Free music at The Ship Inn!

Monthly quiz night

Get your thinking caps on - we'll be hosting a monthly quiz!

While you're here

Camber Sands

Camber, located east of the ancient town of Rye, has over 2 miles of beach, and much of it is golden sands! It is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex, which provides a valuable natural habitat to many animals and plants.

Bodiam Castle

Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

The earliest plans for a railway for Tenterden were made in the 1850s. The South Eastern Railway proposed that their Ashford to Hastings line should pass through Tenterden but a more southerly route through Appledore and Rye was chosen in 1851, largely through military influence.

Lamb House

Georgian house with literary associations.

Rye Castle Museum

Welcome to the website of Rye Castle Museum, a charity and an Accredited museum, situated in beautiful Rye, East Sussex. There is lots to explore! Our two museum sites, RCM East Street and RCM Ypres Tower, are just a short walk apart in the medieval town of Rye.

We are part of a collection fabulous pubs throughout the region, all proudly serving Balfour wines and Jake’s beers and ciders. We are passionate about offering locally sourced menus, a great atmosphere and inviting boutique bedrooms. To see our sister properties, click on their logo below.