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“National Trust Gem”
Review of Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Bodiam
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Owner description: A majestic 14th Century moated castle, with ruined interior and splendid grounds. Take part in various medieval activities, all year round. Admission price covers entry to castle and grounds. Opening hours are 10:30 til 5pm or dusk if earlier. Please note that last entry to the castle is at approx. 3:20pm during winter.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Another well maintained National Trust property. We travelled by steam train from Tenterden, quite a walk from the station but once past the ticket office we were able to take a golf buggy ride up to the castle. The driver was knowledgeable, took his time and pointed out a number of interesting bits of information for us. He explained how the castle was never besieged which was just as well as it would have been very easy to drain the impressive moat and gain access. It is not clear whether Dallingridge built it as a defence for the local area or as an impressive home. Either way it must have been impressive in it's day.
Had the usual National Trust lunch which is always reasonable and good quality. Even had inquisitive and cheeky ducks trying to share our lunch! If you take a picnic the grounds are magnificent with the nearby river and nice views.
The towers have difficult access but amazing views once you get up there. Never seen so many carp in one place!

Thank Tom L
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is an out-of-the way location, but can be reached by both car or the local Kent and East Sussex Railway from Tenterden. It's a bit of a walk from the station and/or car park but the castle itself is well kept. Although only the "shell" remains, the walls and towers are solid and unlike some places you can climb to the battlements and ramparts - the view of the surrounding countryside is quite stunning.
This castle has the grandest moat I've ever seen and the fish (carp) within are well fed and more like whales!
Be aware that although it only costs a couple of pounds to park your car, to gain entry to the castle will cost you another £7 plus - making it expensive if you've a family with you. Still the entry fee does go towards the upkeep of the castle so it is a good cause. Worth spending an hour or two exploring.

Thank Chris C
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you imagine a castle you will conjure up the image of a four cornered structure with rounded corners and battlements, surrounded by a moat and here it is - Bodiam Castle.

An impressive looking castle and as you approach it draws you in. The National Trust have done well here, the restoration has been sympathetic so really they have made it safe and available for the public to enjoy. The entrance to the car park was a small hut with a welcoming smile from a lady who gave us a leaflet and told us where the loo's and tea rooms were (as they are at the car park not the castle), we wandered to the ticket office and found helpful staff and information and potted history of Bodiam. Off to the castle and over the moat (huge fish and lots of ducks about) and very pleasant staff on the gate. Another leaflet to take around with you which tells you what each area would have been, also in a room near the entrance was a 15 minute film about the history of Bodiam - well presented and interesting.

The history of Bodiam did concentrate on Sir Edward Dallingridge who built the castle in 1385, it would have been nice to hear about some of the other occupants and perhaps more about 'Mad Jack Fuller' who was involved in its restoration.

Definitely worth a visit, a picnic in the surrounding grounds would be delightful, but be prepared to share it with the ducks........

Thank AMWBexhill
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

A really lovely castle in the Sussex Countryside. Lovely area with the Kent/Sussex steam railway close by together with a small river on which daily trips can be booked. The castle is magnificent with turrets that you can climb up, be aware the steps are quite narrow and steep but there are hand rails on which you can hold on to. Quite tiring for the elderly but worth the visit. Nice cafe with reasonable prices but cost of visit is about £10 unless you are a member of National Trust, when it will cost nothing! It is well worth joining the National Trust if you enjoy visiting places like this.

Thank Brijan34
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Bodiam Castle is one of Britians most picturesque castles set in the heart of 1066 country.
The Castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dallingridge, a soldier of fortune, it was to show off his power and wealth. After his early death the castle became unliveable during the English Civil Wars and fell into disrepair. It restoration has involved many people of the centuries one of the most notable being Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, who left the castle to the National Trust in 1926.

You can wander around the internal ruins, climb spiral stairs to tower full of history, listen to the audio visual about the history of the castle and see the reconstructed images of the room as they would have looked in the castles heyday. It is a place to fuel the imagination. If you like castles then this is one to visit

1  Thank Carol B
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