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Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex


The Mermaid Inn in Rye is one of the oldest and most delightful inns in England. This 12th Century Inn was featured in an episode of the Most Haunted TV series, and has played host to a long list of famous guests. Guests of centuries past loved this charming inn so much they decided to stick around, giving the Mermaid the reputation of being one of the most haunted inns in the UK.

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The Mermaid Inn in Rye is home to numerous spirits and it has been featured on the TV show Most Haunted. Among the ghosts said to haunt the cosy, little hotel is that of the lady in grey or white which sits by the fireplace in Room 1, also called The James. Other ghostly apparitions which have been seen in the inn are that of the white lady which walks across a room and stops at the foot of the bed; the man who walks through the bathroom wall and into the main room and woman who is supposed to be the wife of one of the local smugglers back in the 16th century when Rye was still a port.

Other reports include bottles smashing to the floor in the Elizabethan Chamber room. In the Kingsmill room cold spots have been reported as well as a rocking chair rocking independently.

Brief History

The Mermaid Inn is a historical inn which is located in Mermaid Street in the town of Rye in Southern England. It is one of the best known inns in the UK today. The inn was established in the 12th century and it has a long history. The main building dates back to 1420 and the additions were built in the 16th century. Only the cellars of the original building survived. The inn has a strong connection to a group of smugglers known as Hawkhurst Gang, who made use of the inns many secret passages and Rye’s history as a port in the 18th century.


The Mermaid Inn is a small inn which caters to people who want to get away from the city and relax in a quaint hotel. Going to the Mermaid Inn is just like stepping back in time. It has delightful bedrooms with four-poster beds. It has two comfortable lounges and a cosy bar with one of the largest log fires in the country. It has a pretty terrace and a courtyard garden. There is a function room for people who would like to book meetings, wedding receptions, celebrations and the likes.

The Mermaid Inn has a restaurant which serves French and British cuisine. The AA Rosette-winning restaurant caters nothing but delicious food. The chef uses nothing but fresh local ingredients for his delightful dishes. The Mermaid Inn has been visited by a lot of notable persons in history. It has become their home for a short period of time. Among the famous personalities who have visited the hotel are Pierce Brosnan; Andy Garcia; Johnny Depp; Charlie Chaplin; Prince Edward and Elizabeth (Queen Mother). Several artists have also been at the hotel.

Things to do

When staying in the Mermaid Inn in Rye, be sure to visit the quaint shops, art galleries and antique stores in the area. You can also go to salons and beauty parlours. People who are into sports will love the Mermaid Bowls League and the Rye Golf Club. They can try cycling and windsurfing. People who love history and the charm of the old world should drop by Camber Castle and the Rye Castle Museum. There are old churches, chapels and natural reserves in the area. Rye is also the home of many festivals, among them are Taste of Rye.


  • LCD TV
  • 24-hour room service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary newspaper

Room Tariff

  • Standard double room available from £90 per night, based on two people sharing
  • Historical character room available from £110 per night, based on two people sharing

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