The Mermaid Inn

Rye, East Sussex

Four Poster room

Four Poster room

Rye Harbour

Standard room

Standard room

Relax in Rye with a historic stay and award-winning dining

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Up to -38% hotel's website rate ?
This offer is based on two adults only.

Please note that pets are not allowed in this hotel.

Check-in is at 2pm and check-out at 12pm.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 38% off. Our discount is calculated by reference to the hotel's own prices or by reference to an appropriate source reflective of the hotel's own prices.

The discount above was checked on 29 May, 2019.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

A historic smugglers' inn behind a stunning Tudor façade with award-winning dining in Rye - includes breakfast and optional dinner

  • Mermaid Street in Rye exhibits some of the best antiquity to be found in the UK, and this extends all the way to The Mermaid Inn, originally built around 1156. Ships' timbers were used in the reconstruction in 1420, and fireplaces were risen from French stone scavenged from the harbour. Not much has changed since, making this a truly unique destination in the East Sussex countryside.

  • The Mermaid Inn's restaurant is the proud holder of two AA Rosettes and offers British and European cuisine. Medieval artwork by the Slade School of Art adorns the walls, which are covered in linen-fold wooden panelling. The infamous Hawkhurst Gang of Smugglers once frequented this historic spot, smoking their pipes with their pistols leisurely laid on the table.

  • The unique and historic interiors extend all the way to the guest bedrooms, where low beamed ceilings, latticed lead windows and antique beds await - opt for a Four Poster room for an experience truly reminiscent of the hotel's roots. Previous visitors include Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Prince Edward.


- Two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant
- Fireplace bar
- Wi-Fi
- Parking
- Room service
- Non-smoking hotel

How to get there

The Mermaid Inn is just a five-minute walk from Rye station, with connections from St Pancras, London Waterloo East and London Victoria, all with just one change.
Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7EY

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Rye is a picturesque town located in the East Sussex countryside. It was described by the Victorian poet, Coventry Patmore, as "a little bit of the old world living on in pleasant ignorance of the new" and we're not in mind to argue. It's a truly charming place, with cobbled streets, mysterious passages and ancient buildings, all set near the East Sussex coast.  

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