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Bodiam Castle

Explore the interior of a 14th-century castle and look out across the Sussex countryside from the top of an ancient tower.

Bodiam Castle is one of the most stunning castles in England. With its moat, circular stone towers and battlements, the medieval structure appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. Investigate its rooms, climb up the towers for superb views and take part in a range of activities.

When the castle was first built in 1385, it was considered a masterpiece of military architecture. Note that although the castle’s exterior has been carefully renovated, much of the interior remains unrestored.

Take a moment to admire the castle’s impressive façade, which looks particularly striking when it is surrounded by early morning mist. During closer inspection, you’ll see big goldfish swimming in the moat that encircles the defensive structure. As you approach the massive oak doors of the entrance, observe the carving of a unicorn on the gatehouse wall. This is the badge of Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, the man who commissioned the castle’s construction.

Go to the gatehouse and study the castle’s original wooden portcullis. You can also see the murder holes on the gatehouse’s roof, through which soldiers poured scalding water, tar, rocks and other harmful materials on unwanted visitors.

Head up the castle’s steep spiral staircase, stopping to explore what’s left of the castle’s rooms. Visit the Well Room, which as the name suggests contains a well. Enjoy views of the surrounding Sussex countryside from the top of the towers. Save time to stroll around the grounds and see if you can spot some of the local wildlife such as woodpeckers, ducks and bats.

The castle hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year, such as falconry displays, archery lessons and guided tours by costumed characters. Visit the castle’s website to find out what’s going on during your visit.

To reach the castle, take the bus from Bodiam village. Drivers can park, for a fee, in the on-site lot. Bodiam Castle is open throughout the year, but hours vary by season. Admission charges apply.


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Hobbit House
Hobbit House

Hobbit House

Park Farm Oast, Robertsbridge, England
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Robertsbridge, this vacation home is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Bodiam Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Battle Abbey and Battlefield and Merriments Gardens. English Channel and Pashley Manor Gardens are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Meadow Cottage Bed & Breakfast NT$3,151
    Meadow Cottage Bed & Breakfast

    Meadow Cottage Bed & Breakfast

    Meadow Cottage, Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cranbrook, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodiam Castle, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, and Pashley Manor Gardens. Great Dixter House and Gardens and Sissinghurst Castle and Garden are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Queen's Inn NT$3,055
      The Queen's Inn

      The Queen's Inn

      Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cranbrook, this inn is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and St Dunstan's Church. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and Cranbrook Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Robertsbridge Retreat Upper Apartment
        Robertsbridge Retreat Upper Apartment

        Robertsbridge Retreat Upper Apartment

        flat 3 cornhill, station road, Robertsbridge, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Robertsbridge, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Merriments Gardens, Bodiam Castle, and Battle Abbey and Battlefield. Gardens and Battle Museum of Local History and Church of St Mary the Virgin are also within 6 mi (10 km). Robertsbridge Station is only a 4-minute walk.

          Eight Bells Hotel
          Eight Bells Hotel

          Eight Bells Hotel

          The Moor, Cranbrook, England
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cranbrook, this inn is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Pashley Manor Gardens. St Dunstan's Church and Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            The Royal Oak Historic Commercial Inn
            The Royal Oak Historic Commercial Inn

            The Royal Oak Historic Commercial Inn

            Rye Road, Cranbrook, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cranbrook, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Merriments Gardens, Bodiam Castle, and St Dunstan's Church. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and Cranbrook Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              The Ostrich Hotel NT$3,859
              The Ostrich Hotel

              The Ostrich Hotel

              Station Rd, Robertsbridge, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Robertsbridge, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Merriments Gardens, Bodiam Castle, and Battle Abbey and Battlefield. Gardens and Battle Museum of Local History and Church of St Mary the Virgin are also within 6 mi (10 km). Robertsbridge Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Rother Valley Caravan And Camping Park
                Rother Valley Caravan And Camping Park

                Rother Valley Caravan And Camping Park

                Station Road, Rye, England
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Rye, this campground is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Great Dixter House and Gardens and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Rye Farm World. Bodiam Castle and Morgan Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).