Riding the Train to Rye By Lyn Cathey On December 8, 2015 · Add Comment English trains are great… clean.. quiet.. comfortable and on time. We changed trains twice on the trip from Bournemouth to Rye, never waiting more than 15 minutes for a connecting train. Leaving in the early morning for Rye… yours truly… putting the ‘mouth’ in ‘Bournemouth’. Minutes later… changing trains in the Southhampton station Meeting up with friends from Rye.. in Rye. Could this be the ‘Simple Simon the Pieman’ of nursery rhyme fame? Lunch and drinks at ‘The George’ hotel… only 350 years old… a ‘new build’ in these parts Strolling around the colorful backstreets of Rye. This is Mermaid Street. Rye Castle fortifications originally overlooked the bay… the channel having long since been filled in by erosion. The parish church of Rye Enjoying the view from Rye Castle with friends from Rye The grounds of the Rye parish are covered with tombstones dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Check out the best hotel deals for Rye, England here.