I am a sucker for castles. Every time we leave London for the English countryside I do my research if there are any castles around. It’s not hard to guess that before going to Rye in East Sussex I did my homework too. I was delighted to locate Bodiam Castle just a few miles away from the town.
A show off castle?
Although not as big and without usual rose gardens, set in the beautiful landscape, the ruins of this 14th century Bodiam Castle is another lovely National Trust property.
Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, it is still debatable whether he built it for defense or just to show off.
Hourly talks by the medieval characters at the castle
While at the castle, we watched an adorable performance by the medieval characters. It was great and suited everyone, children and adults.
There are hourly talks by the medieval characters at the castle every day. The themes vary each month. Such a great idea as you can also ask them questions about the castle life as far back as the times of Sir Edward.
Lovely views from the top of the tower
We climbed the towers for some beautiful panoramic views of the surroundings. Also great views into the castle’s courtyard.
Later on, after our explorations, Charlie and I, as per long-standing tradition, enjoyed the famous English cream tea.
If you haven’t yet visited this 14th century moated castle and are looking for things to see and do in the countryside, definitely pop into to this National Trust property.