Bodiam Castle in East Sussex is a 14th Century moated castle that was built to defend the area against the French during the 100 years war. The castle has since survived over 700 years and its extraordinary exterior has remained in excellent condition, making it one of the most dramatic and impressive castles in England. Now owned by the National Trust, the interiors have been tastefully refurbished and the castle in general has been carefully restored. Highlights of Bodiam Castle include its spiral staircase, portcullis (heavy vertically-closing gate) and battlement positions. Located next to the River Rother in one of the most beautiful regions of England, guests love visiting the Bodiam Castle landscaped gardens as well as stopping off at the Wharf tea rooms, which serve a delicious selection of cakes and teas. Bodiam Castle is located in East Sussex, about 40 miles from Brighton and makes for a great day trip from London.
Visiting Bodiam Castle