Situated in Rye, The Ship Inn offers accommodation with free WiFi and TV, as well as a restaurant and a bar.

A Full English/Irish breakfast is available each morning at the bed and breakfast.

Camber Castle is 1.2 miles from The Ship Inn. The nearest airport is London Gatwick Airport, 64 miles from the accommodation.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

The Ship Inn has been welcoming guests since 18 Oct 2017.

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish


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  • The staff speak English
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Host Information

Company review score: 9.1Based on 2,975 reviews from 7 properties
7 managed properties

Company information

We are part of a unique hospitality business with the globally respected Balfour Winery in Kent at our core. Nurtured from the vines of Hush Heath Estate we have a collection of individual inns and pubs dedicated to the provision of exceptional hospitality; great thoughtful service, convention-challenging wines and spirits, and locally-inspired dishes presented with real flair.

Property information

Welcome to the Ship Inn, disputedly Rye’s oldest pub! Evidence shows that the original name of the Ship was ‘The Cock and Coney’ from a deed dated 1722. This grade 2 listed building was built in 1592. During the 18th century, it was used to store contraband confiscated from smugglers (usually alcohol), the contraband would be auctioned off and buyers were expected to taste the goods before parting with their money, this is most probably how the Ship first became a pub. The sign on east wall quotes Lord Pembroke in 1781 "will Washington take America or smugglers England first?". Underneath there is a list of custom boats and men of war nearly all from the 18th century. Latin inscription on the other sign reads "God favors King Edward of England". In more recent history the Ship was rumoured to be frequented by members of the famous writer's club named the Bloomsbury group whose members included Virginia Woolf and H.G Wells. We have no on-site parking. Street parking outside the pub is available for two hours and is free between 6PM - 8AM. For 24-hour parking the best choices are Kettle of Fish car park (2 - 3 min walk) or Market car park by Rye railway station (10 min walk).

Neighbourhood information

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. Almost suspended in time, Rye’s unhurried atmosphere and enchanting streets draw visitors with their warm welcome. It’s small enough to make you feel at home almost straight away but holds enough secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer.

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Property surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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What's nearby
  • Camber Castle
    1 miles
  • Rye Golf Club
    1.7 miles
  • Camber Sands
    3.6 miles
  • Great Dixter
    7 miles
  • Bodiam Castle
    9 miles
  • White Rock Theatre
    9.6 miles
  • Battle Abbey
    10.9 miles
  • Battle Golf Club
    11.3 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Simply Italian
    0 miles
Natural beauty
  • River River Rother
    0 miles
Beaches in the neighbourhood
  • Camber Sands Beach
    2.1 miles
Closest airports
  • London Gatwick Airport
    41.7 miles
  • London Southend Airport
    42.8 miles
  • London City Airport
    48.5 miles
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1 restaurant on site


    Cuisine: British

    Open for: Dinner

Facilities of The Ship Inn
  • Private bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Outdoor furniture
Pets are allowed. No extra charges.
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Kid meals Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages spoken
  • English
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Sustainable initiatives
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15:00 - 22:00


Until 11:00 hours


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Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 13 years and above are considered adults at this property.

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Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa The Ship Inn accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Free! Pets are allowed. No extra charges.

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