Medieval Grandeur at Beautiful Bodiam Castle

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Bodiam Castle looks and feels like a fairytale castle set in the beautiful East Sussex English countryside.  Like many of the most picturesque castles now, it lies in ruins.  The National Trust though run an excellent job of preserving Bodiam Castle’s history and beauty for the future.

Bodiam Castle in England

The History of Bodiam Castle

Bodiam is a moated castle built in the 14th century. It was built by a Sir Edward Dalyngrigge who was a younger son of an aristocratic family and so had to make his own way in the world. He made a fortune hiring himself out as a mercenary during the Hundred Years War.

With the spoils of pillage and plunder, Dalyngrigge built himself a castle that was intended to look as a more impressive fortress than it really was.  For example, the moat is only about 5 feet deep and an enemy if they really wanted to could drain it quickly.  On the other hand, the moat isolates the castle in the landscape and makes it look bigger and more formidable.

The moat is incredibly attractive nowadays. In historic times though the 28 latrines in the castle opened directly into the moat.  Just imagine the smell!

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The beautiful moat

We loved climbing up the circular staircase to the top of the castle walls.  There are fantastic views from the battlements over the surrounding countryside.

The interior of the castle is in ruins which is a shame because it would have shown how during this period in history castles were moving away from being fortresses to country manors.  The interiors were gutted during the English Civil War and then never restored.  You can just about make out where certain of the buildings would have been, such as the Castle kitchen.  Even during the Civil War though, Bodiam was never actually attacked but merely gave into its attackers.

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You can imagine how grand the interior would have been.

Bodiam Castle is very child-friendly. They run regular events that encourage children’s participation. For example, for Halloween they have special events.  People dressed in costumes of the time tell stories about the castle as well.

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Story time with the Castle key keeper
Bodiam Castle in England
Hanging out at Halloween

Bodiam Castle Photo Gallery

Bodiam Castle is incredibly picturesque and is considered one of the prettiest castles in Britain.  See for yourself!

Bodiam Castle in England

Bodiam Castle in England
One of the many defences against attack.

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Visiting Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is near the town of Bodiam in East Sussex.  Although the castle has a coffee shop, we thought the Castle Inn just outside the castle grounds located on Main Road (what else??!) served up excellent pub grub.

This post is part of the Weekend Wanderlust Link up.

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26 thoughts on “Medieval Grandeur at Beautiful Bodiam Castle”

  1. I do love a medieval castle! And Bodiam looks classic! When we traveled in the UK when our son was little, we visited lots of castles, to the point where we’d hear him whine “Not ANOTHER castle!”

  2. I don’t know how we missed this one when we were going through the UK. It is really lovely. And like Rachel, if I had discovered it I am sure one of my girls would have objected to another castle. The reflections in the moat are really beautiful.

    1. LoL. My kids are ok with castles so long as they can climb them. They really hate stately homes where they aren’t allowed to do anything but look at nice furniture.

    1. I love the National Trust! Such a great organisation keeping history alive for future generations when it’s not so easy.

    1. The perils of war. Cromwells supporters only wrecked the inside because they didn’t want any of the opposition to hide inside.

    1. We were lucky to be there in the afternoon when the light was great. After a nice pub lunch which extended itself as they tend to do.

  3. I’m also a big fan of Castles. I have seen quite a few in Wales but will have to return to check out more through England and Wales. This looks amazing.

  4. “Sir Edward Dalyngrigge” What a cool name! Castles are so much fun, even if in ruins. Thank you for sharing the photos! I had to look up East Sussex, but it looks like it’s not too far from London, so maybe… next time we’re in the UK?

  5. This looks really lovely and quite iconic for the period. It seems to be the template used for my son’s Playmobil castle set. I kept wondering why it seemed so famliar!

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