The elegant Georgian Town Hall in Rye is a unique and historic setting for your special ceremony. It's picturesque location is convenient for a selection of reception venues in and around the town.
Features & Capacity
Town Hall / Registry Office
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Grade I/II Listed Building
Ceremony and Reception
Church Within Walking Distance
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Arriving at the Town Hall, you make your way up the steps and through the wrought-iron gates into the Buttermarket, the open area beneath the main Chamber. From here, you step through the ancient oak doors and upstairs to the Main Chamber. This is where the ceremonies take place, surrounded by oak panels detailing in gold leaf the names of the past Mayors of Rye from 1289. Once used as a courtroom, the Main Chamber can accommodate up to 50 people seated, or up to 70 people sitting using the ledges around the room. The maximum capacity is 90 guests (including some standing). For smaller, more intimate ceremonies, chairs can be placed around the marble fireplace with its tavern clock above, seating up to 26 people.
The Mayor's Parlour is also made available on the day for the registrar to talk to the couple privately before the ceremony. The layout of the Town Hall means this can be done without the Bride and Groom seeing each other prior to the ceremony, if desired.
In addition to this beautiful venue, Rye Town Council is pleased to offer you the unique services of the Town Crier. He will greet your guests on arrival and then escort the Bride to the Main Chamber. After the ceremony, when everyone is gathered outside, he will deliver the wedding 'cry', announcing your marriage to the town. If your reception is being held within the town, he can also lead you and your wedding party to the venue.
This historic Grade I listed building provides a stunning backdrop for the perfect photographs to remember your day. As well as being close to a number of beautiful settings, including the Gun Garden, which offers a delightful photo opportunity with views stretching out to the sea.
Set in the heart of Rye, the Town Hall is within walking distance over the cobbled streets, to a number of local reception venues. While a short drive offers a whole host of further reception options.
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Location & Contact Details
Market Street Rye, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7LA, England
Nearest Motorway & Junction
M20, Junction 10 at Ashford
Nearest Train Station
Rye is situated just in-land, along the coast from Hastings. We are around 90 minutes by train from Brighton, and London (via the High Speed link to Ashford).
The Town Hall is just a 10 minute walk from Rye Railway Station.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, historic, quirky, splendid, memorable.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Standing beneath the wrought-iron arch at the gates of the historic buttermarket provides the perfect 'frame' for the couple. Often, couples ask for a shot with the Town Crier.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We've had the odd celebrity wedding and a few well-known guests over the years, but we're far too discreet to mention any names!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Without doubt, the services of Rye's Town Crier - He greets the guests on the steps of the Town Hall, and then after the ceremony he delivers the wedding 'cry', announcing the marriage to the town. This usually gathers quite a crowd!
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The Town Crier gives the Wow factor every time, but we are also so proud of the beautiful building that we are able to welcome couples to.