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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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  • We did lots of castles, cathedrals and abbeys on this years Road Trip through England and Scotland. And this here was one of the finest we've encountered. We came by car, there's a huge parking lot.....  more
    We did lots of castles, cathedrals and abbeys on this years Road Trip through England and Scotland. And this here was one of the finest we've encountered. We came by car, there's a huge parking lot.....  more »
  • Very lovely moated castle in a great location. Loved the views from the Postern tower with 56 very high and narrow steps. If you're lucky like I was, you may spot the steam train. The well is... 
    Very lovely moated castle in a great location. Loved the views from the Postern tower with 56 very high and narrow steps. If you're lucky like I was, you may spot the steam train. The well is...  more »
  • Looking at the National Trust website we saw that we could take our dogs inside one of the cafe’s, as we thought it would be nice to visit for an hour for some pictures and a coffee. Dogs aren’t... 
    Looking at the National Trust website we saw that we could take our dogs inside one of the cafe’s, as we thought it would be nice to visit for an hour for some pictures and a coffee. Dogs aren’t...  more »
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  • It's a great castle to visit, with lots to see, so long as you are able bodied enough to enjoy it. It's a short walk to the castle on a gravel path up hill with a circular path round the castle and a patch of grass at the front. There's one permanent toilet at the car park and a temporary one by the castle which is open some of the time. The website says it's an accessible venue, however in our experience it was very difficult to get around on the gravel paths in the wheelchair and seeing all of the rooms in the castle was impossible as you could only access them by spiral staircases. This is understandable as it's a castle, but I'd have hoped this would have been explained on the website.
  • Lovely place, you definitely need a car to get here. Haven't tried coming here by steam train but I imagine it shouldn't be too hard. It's a good day trip to do where you can arrive before 11 and finish by 3/4. It needs to have more historical content put around the castle wherever you can. I feel this is typical of most National trust places. There's more to the story than just the ruins. They could help tell the story with placards and posters.
  • A beautiful castle with lush green grounds perfect for a day out or picnic with family. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy drinks/snacks with family. Entrance to the castle is ticketed, plenty of paid parking available. Short walk from parking to the castle grounds. Highly recommend this beautiful castle.
  • Absolutely awesome castle, and for what you’d pay to get in there’s a lot of castle to see for your money! I’m a member of NT so recommend that to anybody. Spiral staircases to the top of the towers which are steep but worth a climb as great views all around. Walk along a wall too!! Short video about the history of the castle. Bats living in the castle which I was fortunate enough to see. Lovely walk around the most and a steak train nearby to see go past. Friendly staff and excellent facilities like cafe, toilets etc. worth a visit, I’ll be coming back soon.
  • Although we couldn't get into the castle today (shut for viewing), the grounds were open. To be honest I don't think we missed much not being able to go in as it's pretty spectacular from the outside. Had a beautiful sunny day that helped! If you think "castle" then this is the place to go! Fascinating history. For heritage railway buffs there is even such a railway right on the doorstep. Plenty of parking, interesting small museum, funny friendly ducks....and lots of big hungry carp in the moat! Well worth a visit!

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