Earlier this week while we were down in Sussex on holiday we visited the beautiful Bodiam Castle. We are already National Trust members so we like to make the most of it our membership, especially when we’re somewhere new.
Bodiam Castle is a 14th century moated castle located in the village of Bodiam in East Sussex. It’s a fantastic place to explore, Max and Evie absolutely loved running around the ruins, climbing the stairs (which there’s plenty of!) and admiring the views.
In the impressive gatehouse is the castle’s original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life and gruesome and surprising tales can often be heard from our webster, forester and other colourful characters from the past. Plus we have lots of seasonal events throughout the year.
National Trust do offer free guided tours around the castle but we decided to just go around on our own as I don’t think the kids are quite old enough to appreciated it yet!
After we’d explored the castle ruins we headed back across the bridge to the gift shop for a quick browse, then we grabbed an ice cream each and sat on the grass admiring the stunning views of the castle and moat. There is a cafe back over near the car park which is worth bearing on mind if you are there at lunch time, but it is also the perfect spot for a picnic with plenty of open green space.
To find out more about Bodiam Castle and to see what events they have going on over the summer, visit the National Trust website here.
Here’s some photos from our day…
Have you ever been to Bodiam Castle? What’s your favourite National Trust day out?
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