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Bodiam Castle, Bodiam

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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. Make Bodiam Castle part of your personalized Bodiam itinerary using our Bodiam trip planner.
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  • Visited as we'd just travelled on the Kent and East Sussex Railway. We'll maintained grounds and the castle is interesting. Tearoom and small takeaway cafe with normal NT fair. Doesn't warrant a full....  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and well preserved castle. Kids enjoyed the visit and we had a fantastic day out. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely visit again.  more »
  • A well preserved medieval castle, perfect for those with an interest in history or for those with young children, it is a prime example of what a child would imagine a castle to look like. Check out.....  more »
  • This was a nice castle to explore The history behind it is interesting. Surrounding the castle, is a wide moat. For children, there is an area for training to be a knight. Unfortunately, I couldn't go up the towers or participate in archery due to the wind. They have a nice little video describing the purpose and history of the castle. I got lots of nice pictures with the bridge. I would definitely check this one out if you are in the area.
  • Really enjoyable day at Bodiam yesterday despite being very, very hot! Interesting history in lovely surroundings. Nice little cafe to eat if you choose to or plenty of space to picnic. Knowledgeable National Trust volunteers provided informative talks and walks around the site.
  • If you want to feel like going back in time. If you appreciate history and see construction that is more than 600 years old. Then that is the place to go. There is a place where you can have food, coffee and tea. The people working there are very friendly and nice to help you get the best of the place. I enjoyed every minute there.
  • Brilliant day out for us and my daughter and grandchildren Lovely old castle with activities for kids inc suits of armour, archery and mini jousting. Nice cafe and ice cream too! Icing on the cake was travelling to Bodiam by steam train on Kent & East Sussex railway.
  • The most photogenic English medieval castle complete with moat and drawbridge. The guided tour brings it to life and you can spend several hours here. Good for families and history buffs.

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