Rye Castle Museum
Built in the 13th century by order of Henry III, Rye Castle Museum, Rye, East Sussex, showcases the changes this quaint, picturesque town has seen. Known for centuries as Baddings Tower, this industrious fortress has seen use as a court hall, private residence, castle and finally, a museum.
Over three floors, there are numerous displayed artefacts detailing the castle's and Rye's history. A selection of model boats is worthy of admiration, along with numerous sailing, police and war memorabilia. If you like a breeze, a small terrace affords fine views over the surrounding countryside.
Outside, a short walk across the prisoners' exercise yard brings you to the women's tower, where four cells kept unruly members of the fairer sex at bay. There is an entry fee but it's less than a pint and the castle is well worth a peruse. Look for John Breads, a murderer kept at the gaol before being hung and displayed in a gibbet for 50 years. Nice.