Cellar at ‘The Retreat’

Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) are used by the charity Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum of Winchelsea (FOAM) to help maintain and repair the Ancient Monuments of the town.

The town’s largest cellar, under Blackfriars Barn and owned by the National Trust, is open to the public on two occasions each year.

Please book our tours via email cellars@winchelsea.com or phone 07596 182874. Private tours for groups of 15 or more can be arranged – again, please email us if this is of interest.

2018 Tour Dates

Sat 14 (also NGS Spring Open Gardens), Sat 28, Sun 29
Tue 1 (also St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens), Sat 12, Sun 13, Sun 27
Sat 2, Sun 10, Sat 16 (also NGS Summer Open Gardens)
Sun 1, Sat 21, Sun 22, Sat 28, Sun 29
Sat 11 (Winchelsea Fete – Blackfriars only), Sat 25, Sun 26
Sat 8th (Heritage Open Day – Blackfriars only)
September Tours for the Rye Arts Festival
The following September tours should be booked through the Rye Arts Festival booking office by phone, 01797 224442 or by clicking here to book online:
Tues 18, Thurs 20, Sat 22 (also NGS Autumn Open Gardens), Mon 24, Weds 26, Thurs 27, Sat 29
Sat 13, Sun 14

Tours begin at 11am and last about 1½ hrs. They start from the Town Well in Castle Street, Winchelsea, shown below. Please be there 10 minutes before the start time.

Meet here