Rye Harbour has an interesting collection of unusual and architect designed coastal homes. The unique and interesting harbour, which runs along the river Rother offers much to the visitor. It has a busy yachting centre, a fishing fleet and some commercial shipping. The village has a lifeboat station with a long and noble history, two public houses one of which has been recently refurbished with a befitting coastal contemporary theme. There is also a village shop and an art gallery/café serving delicious home made cakes.
A Martello Tower (No 28) was built at Rye Harbour to defend the area against possible invasion during the Napoleonic wars. Today, lying unoccupied, it provides a picturesque setting.
The church of the Holy Spirit at Rye Harbour stands in a beautiful location with a memorial to all those who lost their lives in the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster in 1928.
A footpath leads through the nature reserve which stands between Rye harbour and the shingle beach. There is an opportunity to observe many birds and wildlife from some of the hides. The road connects to the public footpath along the shoreline where it is possible to walk to Winchelsea beach and further to Pett Level.