Bodiam Travel Guide

  • rustic restaurant but great food
    rustic restaurant but great food
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    the frontage with seating
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  • Bodiam Castle from the back garden
    Bodiam Castle from the back garden
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Bodiam Highlights

  • Pro
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     A beautfully preserved example of a medieval moated castle 

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     Transport links 

  • In a nutshell
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     a time tunnel to a medieval time in england! 

Bodiam Things to Do

  • Bodiam Castle

    During a short trip to East Sussex with friends, we stopped off at Bodiam Castle. I had read that it looked like the sort of castle you imagine when you think of a castle, and being a bit of a castle lover I just had to stop off and have a look for myself.Initial impressions were good - it certainly looked like a castle. Located on a grassy estate,...

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  • Old Steam Trains

    As well as checking out the castle, wandering the grounds about 5 minutes walk away you can catch the Kent and East Sussex Railway. These steam trains don't exactly go very far, only through a few of the neighbouring villages such as Tenterden, Northian and Bodiam, but if you fancy a bit of history in action, then this could be quite fun.Trains...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    At Bodiam castle you can explore and see the wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers.

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  • Bodiam Castle

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore and wonderful...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    In 1385, Sir Edward Dlyngrigge, began the construction of Bodiam Castle. No one really knows if it was built to defend the area or just a luxury home or possibly both, this debate is an ongoing one.It consisted of a flour mill, wharf, working estate and farmland.It is now a National Trust property.The Castle is a lovely setting with grounds in...

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  • More Castle! (You can never have too...

    The joy of living close by a National Trust property is that it is possible to visit at any time of year (providing it is open of course). And the lovely thing about Bodiam castle is that you don't have to buy a ticket to go inside, (unless you want to!) but as I have already done that several times we just took a stroll around the grounds for the...

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  • Medieval Bodiam

    Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge this fabulous example of a moated castle situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It's maintained and run by the National Trust. Much more information about it's history can be found on their website. It is difficult to get here by public transport, but not impossible, (again - please check the...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    I have come here quite a few times, with friends and family in the past.Summer is always a nice time to come as the ruin stands out so well.. but winter lends a more atmospheric feel to the castle.You can join the National Trust here!This is a good idea as you can then gain entry into many National Trust palaces, castles through-out England, free...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    Inside the castle, even though it's a ruin, it's a fairly expansive ruin that could absorb you for a few hours. In fact we wandered round one half and then took a lunch break before exploring the other side.Turn to your left once into the main grounds of the castle proper and there's a video giving some background to the history of the building....

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Bodiam Restaurants

  • Fabulous food in a delightful pub

    Imagine a pub where the food is delicious, the service is good and the environment is enchanting.Yes, there are the wooden beams. Yes, there is a dining area. Yes, there is a large garden (with tables) to the back and large tables to the front. Yes, there is a large carpark. Yes, the toilets are clean.The view from the back-garden is of Bodiam...

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  • Good Food and Fine Views

    In a neighbouring village and overlooking Bodiam Castle is the White Dog PH and restaurant.You will need to book early for key dates (Mother’s Day etc) as the restaurant is highly regarded. We often take friends and relatives there.In the summer you can sit outside with a bar snack or a meal on one of the many tables and eat alfresco… Whatever is...

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  • Wharf Tearoom

    Located just inside the entrance gate to the Bodiam Castle estate is the Wharf Tearoom. This is a relaxed feeling café which sells a selection of light lunch-type meals and plenty of sweet treats. It has outdoor seating at the front and at the rear, plus tables inside as well for the cooler months.We stopped in here for some morning tea before...

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Bodiam Transportation

  • By Bus

    As well as the KESR steam train there is also a bus. In common with most bus services in rural part sof the UK, there are no services on Sundays and Public Holidays.So if you want to go you'll need to go in the week or on a Saturday. Even then the service looks rubbishCheck it out online at http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables/349%5B4%5D.pdf

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  • Full Steam Ahead!

    You could incorporate a visit to the Castle with a ride in a steam railway ride and enjoy the ride from Tenterden on the Kent and East Sussex Railway.Not all trains make the entire journey so you should check ahead.For up to date information go the railway’s own website: http://www.kesr.org.uk/(Until I scan a pic of my own I have nicked an image...

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  • Bodiam By Bus

    It isn't easy to get to the castle by public transport - you can do it by bus - but they're not very frequent. You can take the train to Hastings and get the 349 to Bodiam - it leaves every two hours... but NOT on Sundays and Bank holidays!!! - which is when visitors are most likely to want to come out here! There is another bus service from...

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Bodiam Shopping

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  • If you are looking for a childs Medieval...

    This is the place you will find it. All the usual NT merchandise can be bought here.. from mugs saying "Head Gardener" to clotted cream fudge and sheep soap. It's always expensive in these shops.... so be prepared.

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  • English Wine? Wine? English?

    Advertised at Bodiam Castle is a local business with vineyards that produces its own organic wine. The novelty of this was too much, so we ventured another 3 miles down the road to Sedlescombe to take a look.In summer it may well be worth taking one of their tours which costs 4.50 and includes some wine tasting but out of season there isn't a whole...

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Bodiam Warnings and Dangers

  • Visitors with disabilities

    Be aware that if you're a wheelchair user or mobility difficulties, then you'll be restricted to the ground level here. There are lots of levels, but getting to them means negotiating steps that in some cases even the most able bodied will have difficulty managing.According to the castle information office, they have two wheelchairs that can be...

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  • Beware your head!

    They sure weren't that tall in stature in the olden days... So keep your head down as you negotiate the various doorways!

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  • Orcs

    Watch out for Orcs that advance towards the castle. Given the chance they will attack and try to take over the castle of Bodiam.

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Bodiam Tourist Traps

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    by kit_mc Updated May 20, 2007

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    At the entrance to the grounds are two outbuildings containing a shop and a cafe. The cafe is a rather school canteen-like affair, overpriced too by the looks of it, as these things tend to be. Main meals seemed to be around the 7 pound point. A small pot of coffee will set you back nearly 2 pounds.

    The shop next door is a fairly generic National Trust gift shop, smelling of pot pourri. You can pick up a small glossy guide book on the castle for 3 pounds which wasn't bad value, or a dvd history for 5 pounds.

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure you get a seat outside as close to the river as possible and keep an eye out for the local vintage steam engine making it's way across the nearby fields.

    Fun Alternatives: Watch a version of the dvd showing in a room inside the castle. Pack some sandwiches and a thermos full of tea and pretend that you're actually on holiday as a kid with your family in the 1970's... Rain will add the full British childhood effect.

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Bodiam What to Pack

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    by sloughgal Written Jun 13, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Dress for all weathers here. The weather changes quite quickly in England. We always dress more warm than cold. Bring a backpack with water and your camera of course! I have never been one to take photos, but since I have joined Virtualtourist, I might just have to start :-)

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Bodiam Off The Beaten Path

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    by kit_mc Written Apr 1, 2007

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    There are some lovely walks to be had in this area, but a short stroll up the hill behind the castle, over a wooden stile (some steps over a fence) brings you to a great vantage point overlooking the castle and the surrounding countryside.

    I wandered up this way to take a closer look at a house that I'd glimpsed, with 3 cone towers, a style that is quite frequent in this region of the country. Unfortunately this day in early spring the visibility wasn't great so the landscape shots didn't come out so well, but in summer I reckon you wouldn't be the only person standing up here.

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  • Architecture

    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

    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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  • Fishing

    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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