Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour
Bodiam Castle National Trust (and oak leaf) One of Britain's most picturesque and evocative castles. Sir Edward Dallingridge a soldier, King's Knight and Member of Parliament built the castle in around 1385.
It is supposedly here to defend against possible French invasion or local rebellion. However, like most castles, it is also a fine home and a place for hospitality sending
out the message that Sir Edward is a rich and powerful maThe castle once sat in a working estate with farmland, wharf and watermill. Sir Edward had the site landscaped
with ponds and pools as well as the moat you can see today. These added to the defences and also created a scenic setting to impress visitors.
The inside of the castle was probably dismantled during the English Civil War. It later fell in to disrepair. We have several people to thank for its restoration including Lord Curzon who
left Bodiam to the National Trust in 1926. With spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes - Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Virtually complete exterior with walls rising dramatically above the moat.
Enough of the ruined interior survives to give an impression of medieval castle life. Intriguing sometimes grizzly tales can be heard from our colourful characters. A Knight's Peril, an
interactive audio investigation as unique as the castle itself, challenges families to uncover a medieval murder plot unfolding within the castle walls. Now open all year round and with
lots of events throughout the year, what are you waiting for?