Bodiam Castle, England, Inside the Walls of a Medieval Castle

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Medieval Castle England

When I imagine a medieval castle, Bodiam Castle England is exactly how I picture one. They say that there are only a few buildings that can rival its magnificent settings and I could not agree more. Located on a grassy estate, its solid fortifications are surrounded by a large moat (filled with huge fish) and the only access is by a long bridge positioned at the back of the castle.

Inside a medieval castle

The entrance bridge of Bodiam Castle, England

Bodiam castle facts

The 14th-century medieval castle is in the county of East Sussex, England, and was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge with permission from Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years War.

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The castle itself has been sold to various people over the years and was eventually Bodiam Castle was donated to the current owners, The National Trust, by Lord Curzon, who have maintained and opened it to the general public.

The entrance tower of Bodiam Castle, England

The entrance tower Bodiam Castle, England

Entering the Castle

As I walk across the bridge into the entrance of Bodiam Castle England, I notice straight away how the castle is made to look larger and more formidable from the outside than it actually is. Most of the inside is now ruins and should only take you an hour or two to explore (not including the outside garden). Both the entrance and the corners of the castle are defended by towers and topped by crenellations.



Walking along the upper Walls

You can still climb up the towers and overlook the inside and outside of the castle. If you listen closely when going from one tower to the next, you can hear the bats that live within the castle walls. Don’t worry though as the bats are more frightened of you than you of them.

Tip

  • The spiral staircase is steep with narrow treads and steep rise. Make sure that you wear good shoes, so you don’t slip. 
Overlooking the interior of the castle from the top of the tower

Overlooking Bodiam Castle from the tower.

As I am about to leave, I close my eyes for a minute to listen to the medieval singers (who are there during the spring/summer period) playing in the grounds while children dressed up as knights and princesses run around giggling, and for a second I forget that we are in the 21st century.

medieval dressed music performers inside the castle

Watching the performers in Bodiam Castle, England

How to get to Bodiam Castle

  • It is about a 2hr drive (about 60miles) from central London to Bodiam Castle England
  • It is a mission to get here via public transport (around 3 & half hrs) and you will need to change serval times.


  • I would suggest hiring a car for the day (zip car we used to use if you live in London)
  • Take a day tour to Bodiam Castle

⇒ Travelling by train to other parts of England, Wales or Scotland? Then how about the Interrail Great Britain Pass, making train journey’s more convenient. (and you can book your tickets at the same time) 

Bodiam Castle, England

The front of Bodiam Castle, England

Top Tips for visiting Bodiam Castle

  • The car park and entrance is free to National Trust card holders
  • There is not much shelter available and the English weather can be unpredictable so take an umbrella or coat.
  • There are only toilets available near the entrance of the car park and the car park is about a 5-10 minute walk away
  • If you have time, visit the pill-box, which you will pass on your way from the car-park.

path leading to Bodiam Castle

Is it worth visiting medieval Bodiam Castle

I am a big fan of castles and palaces, not only because they are a great day out but you get to learn about history, whilst at the same time, escape for a little while, transporting yourself back in time with your surroundings.

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Bodiam Castle England is one of those places that does exactly that and would appeal to both adults and children alike especially climbing up the castle towers and exploring the walls together.

view of moat and surrounding pastures from top of castle

The view of the surrounding area, Bodiam Castle, England

Also during the Spring/Summer months, the castle arranges various activities inside the castle and within the outside gardens, which I think is an added bonus for both adults and children.

It is a great idea to see the outside actives used to educate children to keep them interested and focused instead of being on their ipads and computers. And it is good to see such organisations as the National Trust and English Heritage safeguard these amazing places for future generations to explore and be educated by history.

Bodiam Castle and moat

The moat around Bodiam Castle, England

Additional Information for inside Bodiam Castle

  • Duration – It should take you around 2-3hours to get around Bodiam Castle
  • Opening Time from 11 am to 5 pm daily (Inside the castle)
  • Last entry – is an hour before closing
  • Online Bookings – You can book your tickets online to save time and money. Make sure you print them out before you go.
  • Free Guided Tours – You can take one of the FREE guided tours that are held most days. Ask when purchasing your ticket. 
view of castle entrance through surrounding trees

The entrance & moat Bodiam Castle, England

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If you are interested in discovering more of England, or History, feel free to read my following articles. All are great options for groups of friends or family, especially who love the outdoors.


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Looking up at Bodiam Castle England

Thank you for reading this article ‘Bodiam Castle, England, Inside the Walls of a Medieval Castle’, I hope it helped you to decide what to to do while visiting Bodiam Castle, England. 

If there is anything more you would like to know, please do not hesitate to message me with your questions. Otherwise, you can get more information from the Bodiam Castle site.

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37 Comments

    1. You are more than welcome, I really enjoyed visiting and I hope that I have inspired others to go out there too 🙂

  1. This looks amazing. I will likely be heading to the UK later in the year, and doing a road trip so will have to add this into our route somehow. 🙂

    I’m a bit of a fan of castles as well. In fact anything that was built to last and has survived through the passage of time.

    1. Hey Kaine, I am a big fan of castles and palaces too 🙂 Let me know if you need anymore ideas or tips on other castles when you are here, as there are plenty in the area. Where is your road trip taking you?

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  3. Absolutely beautiful photos. Here in the states we lack castles, which of course means I am fascinated with them. Excited to visit the UK later this year and get to view castles in person, and this one is now on my to-do list!

    1. I am originally from Australia, so we lack castles too. I am real big Castle fan and try to go to one every couple of weeks. Drop me a line, when you are here and I will be happy to help out with any tips if you like. Thanks in regards to the pictures and post too.

    1. This is definitely worth a visit and it is only about an hour and half just out of London. Let me know when you are coming to London and I will be happy to give any tips on Castles to visit.

    1. I concur, Shereen. I live just outside of London city and I am always off exploring castles and palaces. Thanks for your kind words

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  5. Oh I love to hear that its a great activity for families and that kids can participate. I am sure my little one would love to visit and venture around this castle!

  6. I love that such a historic treasure has since been donated to the National Trust who have maintained and opened it to the general public. I’m fascinated by British royal history, so trying to tick off as many castles and fortified medieval buildings as I can. This one remains on my list. I love that you can still climb up the towers and overlook the inside and outside of the castle. Seriously cool view!

  7. Well it is great to know that this unique piece of history is open to public now. Being a history buff, it would be amazing to have a look inside this beautiful and well maintained castle. Thanks for the info Mel. Cheers.

  8. I really want to visit more castles and love reading posts on different ones around Europe. Crazy that there are bats living in this castle. Good tip about the bathrooms being at the entrance! That’s very useful info for families with little ones 🙂

  9. Bodiam Castle seems the type of medieval castle that I love so much. In fact, I am in love with medieval architecture since I studied it in university. This castle is very well preserved and transmits the atmosphere of that period very well. Unfortunately I haven’t been to England but I will do it some day !

  10. I’ve never even heard of this castle, but it certainly looks positively picturesque! I love the moat and the drawbridge. I can just picture knights riding horses in and out across it. Thanks for the info about public transport taking a long time. I’ll definitely look into hiring a car instead!

  11. Good to note about having weather-suitable gear on you at all time! I always assume that historic sites have provisions for shelter in case the weather changes but that never is the case!

  12. This castle evokes memories of romantic books read years ago about castles, princes, knights etc..It looks like it has emerged from the pages of a fairy tale. Was not aware of this castle but I do think that many such castles dot England.

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