Bodiam Castle – National Trust

We have been members now of National Trust for some time. This year I wanted us to explore more of what they have to offer so I set us a challenge as a family. To go to twelve new properties. The first on the list was Bodiam Castle, which was convenient as our other challenge as a family this year is our ABC of Castles. Now I know we probably won’t get to see twenty six castles this year as it would mean finding one every other weekend. But if we could get half way through that would be amazing.

So what did we think of Bodiam? Well quite simply its stunning. It was a good castle to start with although I am not sure all of the others on the list will measure up. Its very picturesque setting in a large lake, perfectly symmetrical. It looks exactly like  imagined a castle would look growing up. Monkey reaction to it when we first saw it would suggest he feels the same way. They have a smallish carpark, and I can imagine at other times of the year it would be easily full by mid morning. Overflow parking is provided on the field in front of the castle at busy times.

There is a short walk from the carpark to the castle. There are no facilities in the castle but there is a cafe and toilets by the entrance. You walk past an old World War Two pillar box which was the source of fascination for a number of young children. There was also a lot of ducks that wanted feeding. The paths were quite muddy because of the time of year we visited but easily enough to navigate with a buggy. You walk around the castle and enter from the back across a bridge.

Its possible to go up two of the towers. Of course that was the first thing which Monkey wanted to do. Having the buggy Hubby went with with Monkey initially and had a look around. There was a medieval table set up in one of the rooms which sparked an interesting conversation. Of course we had to have the obligatory photo where you take a picture of each other!

While Monkey explored I found a safe corner to let Kipper run around. Naturally at the age of twenty months he found the gravel much more interesting than the actual castle itself. In one of the rooms they were reading stories by candlelight, we did attempt to listen in. However Kipper is not a sitting still type of toddler which meant we didn’t stay long.

Monkey found another tower to climb this time I went up with him to look at the views. The castle itself is not very big and the perfect stop over if you are visiting other properties in the area. There is plenty of grassland around it ideal for picnics. Plus a little museum to have a nose around. It was the perfect place to spend a couple of hours looking around and pose for some photos on the wooden thrones in the centre.

Things you need to know:

  • The castle is open from 11am to 4pm. Please note that weekdays from 3 Jan – 2 Mar and 29 Oct – 30 Nov, entry to the castle is by guided tour only. So its worth checking the daily opening times here on their website.
  • Entrance is free for National Trust members. Adults cost between £10.80 with gift aid, a child £5.40. A family ticket costs £27.00
  • Address – Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA
  • Other places nearby include Scotney Castle, Batemans and Sissinghurst Castle.

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34 Comments

  1. January 30, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    This was an absolute favourite as a child. In summer they would sometimes have tour guides dressed as Medieval people, it was magical!

  2. ashleigh allan
    January 30, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Wow looks great – my kids would love to go here!

  3. February 3, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Castles are always magical to visit. So many things to inspire one’s imagination. And it looks like you had so much fun visiting this one =)

    #countrykids

  4. February 3, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    wow thats a stunning castle! I love a national trust property and we have Corfe Castle near us which is impressive but mostly ruins so not a patch on this one! #countrykids

  5. February 3, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    What a great castle to start both challenges with, Bodiam certainly looks like a real fairy tale castle complete with moat and courtyard! Monkey and Kipper look in their element exploring, although it’s clear Monkey’s much more interested in the castle than Kipper. The views are certainly impressive too, I love the shot of Monkey in the alcove clearly he’s the king of the castle!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  6. February 3, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Nice to read about your experience of Bodiam. We’ve been there a few times and like it a lot. ‘Small but perfectly formed’ ☺️x
    #CountryKids

  7. February 5, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Bodiam Castle looks to be absolutely stunning – and definitely what I’d envision a castle to be as a child, as you say. Lovely captures from your day out.

    Good luck with your castle challenge… We’re hoping to visit a few this year, but nowhere near 26. Haha!

  8. February 5, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Oh wow this looks like an amazing place to explore. I really need to get our family a National Trust membership! #CountryKids

  9. February 8, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    We love Bodiam Castle and didnt get round to take our boys yet – so thank you for reminding us about this iconic National Trust property ! Very instagramable so to speak and perfect for young kiddies like ours! How cute are your in their winter outfits ! #countrykids

  10. Tracey Peach
    February 14, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    What a beautiful place! they look like they had lots of fun exploring everywhere

  11. Alica
    February 15, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Such cute photos! I have never been to this castle, one I will go to if I am ever in the area.

  12. sarah morris
    February 15, 2018 / 11:47 am

    wow what a beautiful castle and grounds

  13. Suzanne Jackson
    February 15, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Looks like a good day out!

  14. Annabel Greaves
    February 15, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to take the family

  15. jo liddement
    February 15, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Such a romantic looking castle. I remember going here as a small child with my dad in the 70’s

  16. Tracy Nixon
    February 16, 2018 / 7:08 am

    The castle is very attractive – I love to take the kids around castles – there is just something royal about them all!

  17. Stevie
    February 16, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I don’t think I’ve even been in a castle before.

  18. kRIS
    February 18, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Lovely, we visited Warwick castle at the weekend which was fab

  19. Lorna Ledger
    February 19, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Stunning to look at, love the towers, and the moat, nice that it has a cafe – would love to go one day, glad you had a nice time

  20. Username123321
    February 20, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I love visiting castles.

  21. Sarah Holder
    February 25, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    We have National Trust membership so we will paying a visit!

  22. paula cheadle
    February 25, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    we visit places like this over the summer months

  23. Susan B
    February 26, 2018 / 4:09 am

    Oh, it is stunning, isn’t it? When the children were younger, they were disappointed if the castles we visited had no roof. Not a real castle then, I guess! They are more appreciative now that they are getting a little older. This one is so beautiful it wouldn’t have disappointed them.

    Great post, lovely pics and really helpful information. Many thanks.

  24. Jeanette Leighton
    February 26, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Looks like a nice place and I don’t think I’ve seen a castle with a real moat

  25. Sarah Austin
    February 27, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Now this is what you call a proper castle! Definitely worth a visit!

  26. Alison Johnson
    February 27, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love castles & this looks like a good one, although a little far for me to visit. We live quite near Kenilworth castle & Warwick castle although they are expensive to visit. I always remember looking round Conwy Castle on a school trip & I fell in love with castles then. I like the idea of setting a challenge to visit 12 new properties this year.

  27. Alison aligiraffe Johnson
    February 27, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love castles & this looks like a good one, although a little far for me to visit. We live quite near Kenilworth castle & Warwick castle although they are expensive to visit. I always remember looking round Conwy Castle on a school trip & I fell in love with castles then. I like the idea of setting a challenge to visit 12 new properties this year.

    • Alison Johnson
      February 27, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      please delete, sorry.

  28. Kayleigh Watkins
    February 27, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Oh wow!! It looks like an absolutely fantastic day out, the castle is beautiful, I love taking my children to explore our history xXx

  29. Laura Kevlin
    February 27, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Aww cuteness, there’s nothing like exploring a castle with little ones 🙂 Last time I was at a castle was in Conwy 9 month pregnant with hubby and our then three year old! It was slow going but we made it all the way round 🙂

  30. Tee Simpson
    February 27, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    Photos are gorgeous. Looks fun

  31. Sylvia Paul
    February 27, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Never been here with it being so far from us but it looks like a great day out

  32. Natalie Crossan
    February 27, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    These photos are lovely, looks like great fun – I love the national trust!

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