This fortified hilltop town was built to defend the south coast and today the town still has the authentic cobbled streets and ancient buildings. This idyllic setting with sandy beaches has attracted many writers, Lamb House being a famous residence with the parlour rooms and walled garden open for visitors. At the mouth of the River Rother is the harbour nature reserve, there is a network of paths through the sand dunes, marshland and shingle. Along the miles of paths there are bird watching hides to view the wading birds and rare species.
Just outside the town is the hilltop fortress Camber Castle, open by guided tour only and with great views out across the nature reserve. Ypres Tower has various exhibits and smuggling artefacts on display, with the cells and top balcony also accessible to visitors. The museum has medieval costumes for children and historical talks.
From the Heritage Centre you can book a walking tour of the town or even a guided ghost tour. The centre has a collection of old pier amusement machines in the Old Penny arcade and vintage models. Winchelsea is just a short distance from the harbour and has a lovely sandy beach. The Court Hall Museum is worth a visit with historical items of the daily life such as maps and local pottery.