Volunteers run guided tours of some of Winchelsea’s medieval cellars each year.

All proceeds are re-invested in the town, either in the repair and maintenance of the historic buildings owned by Winchelsea Corporation or in the contents and displays in the Court Hall Museum.

Scroll down to see this year’s dates. Tours take place each Saturday between mid-April and late October, plus some Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Tours cost £6 per person – free for children.

Tour bookings can be made via cellars@winchelsea.com or on 07596 182874. Private tours for special interest groups of between 15 and 25 people can also be arranged.

Bookings for the seven tours in September that are part of the Rye Arts Festival must be made through the Festival Box Office: boxoffice@ryeartsfestival.com or 01797 224442.

The town’s largest cellar, under Blackfriars Barn and owned by the National Trust, is opened free to the public on Winchelsea Fete Day – August 10 – and during Heritage Open Days – September 14 and 15.

All tours except those to Blackfriars Barn start at 11 am. Please be at the Town Well in Castle Street TN36 4EL about 10 minutes before the start. Tours take about 1½ hours. You are advised to wear sensible shoes and to carry a torch, as some cellar steps are worn and uneven.

The tours are operated by the Winchelsea Cellar Tours Team comprising volunteers for the Friends of the Ancient Monuments & Museum (registered charity number 1001486) and Winchelsea Archaeological Society (registered charity number 1143524)

Scroll down for tour dates

2019 Winchelsea Cellar Tours Programme

April
Saturday 13
Saturday 20  NGS Open Gardens
Saturday 27
Sunday 28

May
Saturday 4
Monday 6  Early May Holiday
Saturday 11  St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens
Sunday 12
Saturday 18
Saturday 25
Monday 27 Spring Holiday

June
Saturday 1
Saturday 8
Sunday 9
Saturday 15  NGS Summer Garden Opening
Sunday 16  Friends of Rye Hospital Open Gardens
Saturday 22
Saturday 29
Sunday 30

July
Saturday 6
Saturday 13
Saturday 20
Sunday 21
Saturday 27
Sunday 28

August
Saturday 3
Saturday 10  Winchelsea Fete  Blackfriars Barn only
Saturday 17
Sunday 18
Saturday 24
Monday 26
Saturday 31

September
Saturday 7
Saturday 14  Heritage Open Day  Blackfriars Barn only
Sunday 15  Heritage Open Day  Blackfriars Barn only
Tuesday 17  Rye Arts Festival
Thursday 19 Rye Arts Festival
Saturday 21 Rye Arts Festival
Monday 23 Rye Arts Festival
Wednesday 25 Rye Arts Festival
Thursday 26 Rye Arts Festival
Saturday 28 Rye Arts Festival

October
Saturday 5
Saturday 12
Sunday 13
Saturday 19

All tours except those to Blackfriars Barn start at 11 am. Please be at the Town Well in Castle Street TN36 4EL about 10 minutes before the start.