Rye is a delicious place. It was irresistibly lovely even on the overcast and drizzly day when we visited. So, if you follow my blogs, you may be wondering why I didn't include it in my list of Best Villages in the South of England. That's because, due to its role as one of the "Antient" towns of the Medieval Cinque Ports, Rye is a town, not a village.
And that's more than a pedantic distinction. Rye has not one or two but lots of pubs - also several churches, dozens of antique shops, restaurants, cafes and B&Bs. So there is much more to do besides simply enjoying how lovely it is.
But it is lovely. And that makes up for anything you may have heard about it being a tourist town. Sure, tourists go there, but when you are a visitor, aren't you a tourist too? Don't be a cynic. If you let England's most complete Medieval town get under your skin, you won't be able to stop smiling for days.