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    Architecture

    by Jenniflower Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Due to the castle being in fine condition you can see superb examples of old English architecture with rounded corner towers, battlements, portcullis and an extensive moat.

    Essentially a ruin, there is enough still there to imagine bygone days...

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    Fairytale medieval castle

    by Jenniflower Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Bodiam is a fairytale medieval castle, one of the most famous in Britain. Rising from the moat which is filled with huge carp.

    It was built in anticipation of a French Invasion in 1385 which never happened.

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    Opening times

    by Jenniflower Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Bodiam is open from 17 February - 31 October: daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm) or dusk; and then it changes it's times and is open from 10am-4pm or dusk fro the 3 November - mid February 2002: Saturday & Sunday.

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    National trust

    by Jenniflower Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We really love this castle, and have visited it a couple of times.

    If you belong to the National Trust you get in for free.

    We have recently paid £72.00 for an annual subscription (2 adult family) as National Trust members, but this gets us into many castles/palaces/car parks for free country-wide - well worth it if you enjoy this kind of thing, as we do!

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    Childhood memories

    by deeper_blue Written May 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Between 1987 and 1994 the highly popular tv show knightmare hit the screens, Bodiam castle was one of the sites for its filming, typically the contestants would battle evil solve puzzles and generally save the day

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  • National Trust Ticket Office

    by Mariajoy Written Jan 27, 2008
    NT Ticket Office

    Favorite thing: The ticket office here also houses a small, recently updated, museum about the history of the castle and the surrounding area.

    If you want to join the National Trust and purchase an annual membership ticket or even a life membership - this is the place to do it. If you are intending to be a regular visitor to NT properties throughout the UK then this would be a cheaper way to do it , as an average ticket price is around £6 - 7 and a standard annual adult ticket is currently £43.

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    War Memorial

    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: All over the UK in the smallest of villages you'll often find a small corner that remembers those who died in the First and Second World Wars.

    While I'm not someone who is generally prone to patriotic nostalgia, I do find these memorials in such out of the way places quite touching, the few names and ranks often giving an insight into the way war can effect everyone at a given time.

    In Bodiam, a moment's walk from the Castle Inn pub, you'll find one such memorial. Well kept and garlanded with poppy wreaths, villagers obviously still remember their dead. This one seems to have a water pump as its centre piece - I wonder if anyone knows any background to that?

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    Medieval Loos?

    by kit_mc Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Medieval Loo

    Favorite thing: Dotted at various points around the castle are these contraptions, in little siderooms. Some of them appear to be locked boxes, but I wondered if these were medieval loos?!

    If they were toilets, then it'd be a bit of a draughty affair because each room had a small window opening that I suspect wasn't glazed in olden days! Wonder what they warmed the toilet seat with?!

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    Beware Hot Oil Above

    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: At either entrance to the castle, look up to the ceiling and you'll see some holes up there. Accoring to the castle video, this would have been where hot oil and stones would have been aimed at any army silly enough to try taking over the castle.

    Also at the top of the towers, you'll find some large, stomach churning gaps that would also have allowed soldiers to take aim at those below. It's the little details like this that fascinate me about such buildings.

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    Grafitti

    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: All over the building you'll find names and dates etched into the sandstone walls. Little of it is terribly earth-shattering, just simple names and dates, but it's interesting to see when grafitti also becomes part of the history of the building. I saw grafitti dated back to the 1800's.

    Also look out for the symbols marked into the stones by the stonemasons who built the castle. This was how they signed each piece so that they'd get paid.

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    The National Trust

    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Bodiam Castle Entrance

    Favorite thing: Entry into Bodiam Castle costs about 4.50 adult entry, plus 2.00 parking. However, if you join the National Trust then you get free entry to over 300 historic buildings across the UK. Membership doesn't come that cheap at 43.50 pounds for an individual or 72.50 for joint membership (it's cheaper if you pay by direct debit).

    By National Trust standards Bodiam has actually fairly cheap entry, many houses are around the 10.00 pounds mark.

    On the other hand, once you've paid the car park fee, the grounds themselves are free to wander around, so if you're on a budget and don't mind not seeing inside the building, then you can get some lovely photos relatively cheaply.

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    The Pill Box

    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: On the path between the car park and the castle proper you'll pass a small stubby brick building that's quite at odds with the massive sandstone structure dominating the landscape. It's one of those places that draw your curiosity, or at least mine, as I love exploring these little nooks and crannies.

    Anyway, down a steep wooden ramp and into a low ceilinged pair of rooms, almost cell like, with various openings that seem to be the more modern equivalents of the slot windows in the castle. This building is the 'Pill Box' built during the Second World War to protect against any potential invaders. How useful this would have been I don't know, and luckily, its defensive capability was never tested.

    Inside its a bit muddy and a bit cramped, so I suspect it wouldn't have been much fun being camped out here in the winter. There's a recording that you can play by cranking up a handle, that explains how life waiting out the war inside this structure would have been like. Expect to share the space with kids running in and out playing at being soldiers.

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    Fishing

    by Jenniflower Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The moat is full of large carp!

    But not for fishing I am afraid - these fish are protected and it is a criminal offence to fish them.

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