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Bodiam Castle

Explore the interior of a 14th-century castle and look out across the Sussex countryside from the top of an ancient tower.

Bodiam Castle is one of the most stunning castles in England. With its moat, circular stone towers and battlements, the medieval structure appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. Investigate its rooms, climb up the towers for superb views and take part in a range of activities.

When the castle was first built in 1385, it was considered a masterpiece of military architecture. Note that although the castle’s exterior has been carefully renovated, much of the interior remains unrestored.

Take a moment to admire the castle’s impressive façade, which looks particularly striking when it is surrounded by early morning mist. During closer inspection, you’ll see big goldfish swimming in the moat that encircles the defensive structure. As you approach the massive oak doors of the entrance, observe the carving of a unicorn on the gatehouse wall. This is the badge of Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, the man who commissioned the castle’s construction.

Go to the gatehouse and study the castle’s original wooden portcullis. You can also see the murder holes on the gatehouse’s roof, through which soldiers poured scalding water, tar, rocks and other harmful materials on unwanted visitors.

Head up the castle’s steep spiral staircase, stopping to explore what’s left of the castle’s rooms. Visit the Well Room, which as the name suggests contains a well. Enjoy views of the surrounding Sussex countryside from the top of the towers. Save time to stroll around the grounds and see if you can spot some of the local wildlife such as woodpeckers, ducks and bats.

The castle hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year, such as falconry displays, archery lessons and guided tours by costumed characters. Visit the castle’s website to find out what’s going on during your visit.

To reach the castle, take the bus from Bodiam village. Drivers can park, for a fee, in the on-site lot. Bodiam Castle is open throughout the year, but hours vary by season. Admission charges apply.


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Eight Bells Hotel

The Moor, Cranbrook
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Cranbrook, this inn is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Pashley Manor Gardens. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and Cranbrook Union Mill are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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The Queen's Inn

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Located in Hawkhurst, this inn is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Cranbrook Union Mill and Cranbrook Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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The Coach House

Horns Hill, Cranbrook
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Cranbrook, this cottage is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Pashley Manor Gardens. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and Cranbrook Union Mill are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Great Dixter House and Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Rye Farm World. Battle Abbey and Battlefield and Church of St Thomas a Becket are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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Leeford Place Hotel

Leeford Place Hotel

Mill Lane/whatlington Road, Battle
3.8
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Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gardens and Battle Museum of Local History and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Battle Abbey and Battlefield. Church of St Mary the Virgin and Battle Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).

The Brickwall Hotel

The Brickwall Hotel

THE GREEN, NEAR BATTLE,, SEDLESCOMBE
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sedlescombe, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Church of St Mary the Virgin, Battle Abbey and Battlefield and Bodiam Castle. Gardens and Battle Museum of Local History and Battle Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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Rosebank Bed & Breakfast

Rosebank Bed & Breakfast

Ladyfield High Street, Etchingham
5.0
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Situated in Etchingham, this bed & breakfast is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Merriments Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bodiam Castle and Bateman's. Pashley Manor Gardens and Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest are also within 6 miles (10 km).

2 Gingerbread Lane

2 Gingerbread Lane

2 Gingerbread Lane, Cranbrook
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cranbrook, this cottage is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Merriments Gardens. Bodiam Castle and Pashley Manor Gardens are also within 6 miles (10 km).