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Bodiam Castle, Bodiam
(4.3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
A quadrangular castle with buildings lining the outer walls, Bodiam Castle was once a bustling household. The outer walls were meant for display as well as defense, supporting important buildings to the household's function. The inner court holds the remains of a great hall located near the pantry and kitchens, as well as the Dalygrigge family's private chambers. The outer walls are mostly intact while the inner are ruins, but enough of the original floor plan is recognizable to identify the structures. The ruins make for haunting photos and provide a walking tour through history. Put Bodiam Castle into our Bodiam itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bodiam.
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  • Trust members ourselves, we opted from previous reviews to book the kids in to see Father Christmas here. No regrets! Kids loved the grounds, bridge and castle as always and made cardboard lanterns fo...  more »
  • We were 2 adults and 2 children. The castle is crumbling, yet is very nice and have a good visit. Two things especially liked. The best, talks of characters, actors time dresses that have a very pleasant and fun way which trades were required to build the Castle, how the system worked of craftsmen (apprentices, officers, etc.), and other interesting topics. They were those who gave soul to the Castle. Very, very recommended. The one that we liked was sample of trades (Carpenter, blacksmith, embossing coins - payment), and shot with bow which we aim 4. The picnic under the trees across from the castle was very nice. We were lucky and made us a very good day, which left us beautiful pictures of the Castle. 5 hours very well employed. Is it worth going.
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  • As one approaches the large moat, really a small lake the castle is very impressive. The lengthy walk across the narrow wooden bridge to the gatehouse is imposing. we were fortunate to visit on a fine...  more »
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  • I completely love this place, fantastic for a family's day out. Check for events to make the day more special. There is parking but can get very full by the afternoon. Price is decent for a family of 4.
  • Will definitely go back there with the kids. Good family day out. I was advised by one of the locals to visit the pub across the road too. Was too busy at the time of my visit to the castle, but did seem nice.
  • A classic moated castle set in a quiet corner of East Sussex! Very picturesque, peaceful and an outstanding day out for all the family. Bodium village is pretty with a great little pub to rest in after your visit! Some public transport access! Great for photographers! A must also for all Monty Python fans (Swamp Castle)!
  • Went in autumn school holidays and it was packed. Food bland and I felt poor value. Staff helpful and friendly though. The toilets were one of the worst I had been in and was disappointed with National Trust that they did not employ enough people to cope in busy periods. All stall looked really busy. If I go again, will book at the castle pub. We did try and eat there but that too was very busy and no tables spare. The castle itself was well worth a visit though and the Karp in the moat were huge.
  • Wow what a lovely place. You can use the NT cafe without paying to go into the castle entrance is further on after the car park. Picture perfect castle . There is a good Film inside and towers to climb, wasn't So ruined inside as some reviewers made out. If you visit a few NT places in a year then get membership, it's worth it especially for family days out. No toilets at castle, so go at tearoom as it is quite a walk back if its urgent! what about NT putting a composting green toilet up by the castle? Also there is pill box near the castle that you can go into and hear commentary. Take bread for the massive fish in the Moat who were actually begging!! Second hand book shop by the castle, there was also a tearoom up there too but it was closed, surprised as it was half term. Half term activities were taking place in the castle. Castle is 5 mins walk up a slight incline from the main tearoom, toilets and gift shop. Not too far to walk from the steam railway.