Experience the past of stunning Bodiam Castle

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Bodiam Castle captures the imagination as well as any other famous fort
Bodiam Castle captures the imagination as well as any other famous fort

Picturesque 14th-century structure can fill half a day

Bodiam Castle is a National Trustowned 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex. Built in 1385, it is one of the most famous and evocative moated castles in England.

The exterior is virtually complete with ramparts rising dramatically above the moat. Inside there are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, offering romantic views of the Rother Valley. While the interior is ruinous, the remains are substantial enough to recreate a plan of the castle.

The Story of Bodiam exhibition gives an insight into the history of the area over the last 2,000 years. There are also children’s discovery challenges available, plus seasonal trails and events.

The castle is located 13 miles from Hastings and 19 miles from Tunbridge Wells. There is parking for seven coaches, 400 yards from the entrance. Parking is £5 per coach, and must be pre-booked.

A 45-minute special interest tour is available giving groups the chance to learn more about the man who built Bodiam, Sir Edward Dallingridge, a former knight of Edward III. He built the castle not just to keep the French at bay in the Hundred Years War, but also to impress friends and enemies alike. Visitors can witness the defensive aspects, entertainment purposes and hard commercial side of Edward’s grand project.

Group admission is £6 per person, and the tour costs an extra £1.50 each.

Opening days are daily until November 4, Wednesday to Sunday from November 7 to December 23 and December 29 and 30.

There is a tea room serving seasonal, local food and private rooms are also available if pre-booked.

A visit to the castle should take up half a day, so can be combined with a stop at nearby attractions 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, Great Dixter House and Garden or Herstmonceux Castle.

For more information email caroline.gill@nationaltrust. org.uk or ring 01580 831322.