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Great tour of E.F. Benson's Rye

We had a great tour of Rye. E.F. Benson and his family were such interesting people. Allan was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
My favourite place in the world!

I absolutely love Rye, or "Tilling" as E F Benson called it in his Mapp and Lucia books. I could... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2019
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great tour of Rye. E.F. Benson and his family were such interesting people. Allan was very knowledgeable and personable.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 25, 2019

I absolutely love Rye, or "Tilling" as E F Benson called it in his Mapp and Lucia books. I could live here! I've been to Lamb House four times now, and this past two times the whole house was open to the ever-adoring public. Photos...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2019

It was an excellent tour and very informative. Amusing and learnt a lot more about E.F.Benson and his time in Rye plus background to the books.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Diva P
Reviewed November 28, 2018

We travelled from Canada to experience the "Tilling" of E.F. Benson's books and it was everything we'd hoped it would be. Our tour guide, Allan Downend, was fantastic. His extensive knowledge of the E. F. Benson books was impressive, and he brought Tilling/Rye to life...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joyce G
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

The cinematography of the miniseries was vivid. Couple it with an internet surf and Google Earth, you can see Mapp and Lucia’s Rye. It’s all happened inside the perimeter of Mermaid, West, and Watchbell Streets and Church Square. Cobble streets. Look for house with a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

I was so thrilled to go on the Mapp & Lucia Tour this summer. I loved every minute of it. Allan Downend showed us all the places from the books. He's a great tour guide and knows everything about Mapp & Lucia. The tour covers...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank oregoncynthia
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We've been holidaying in Rye virtually every year (sometimes twice a year) since 1987 after seeing the Prunella Scales Mapp and Lucia tv series and we've loved every minute. it is a beautiful, quirky, quaint little town and though shops have come and gone over...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jmhopton40
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Who wouldn't return to Rye. Lovely town. Lovely for a weekend break. We often visit and it always gives us pleasure. Never miss the Church and its grand piano. Lots of trendy cafes.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Hotspots21st
Reviewed June 5, 2018

This walk will no doubt appeal to seasoned EF Benson fans as the town of Rye (Tilling) played such an important role in the Mapp and Lucia books. The tour was highly informative and expertly led, it was a perfect accompaniment to my day trip...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Millicent H
Reviewed July 28, 2017

As we were traveling midweek we arranged a private tour with Allan, who was very obliging, and we met at the agreed time and place. Allan was extremely knowledgeable about both Rye and the Mapp and Lucia stories and extremely charming; our knowledge of the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from Marilyn O | Reviewed this property |
It is a National Trust Property so you just turn up.