Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dallingridge, for comfort and defence. There are windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life. Entry to the grounds is included in the admission price. Tickets must be purchased to enter the castle and/or the grounds.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Braille/large print guides, sensory objects, audio loops, w/chairs, mobility buggy between car park & castle high season
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Shop, tea room and grounds open 5 Feb-28 Oct, daily 10-5; 29 Oct-4 Feb, daily 10-4. Castle open 3 Mar-28 Oct, 11-5; 29 Oct-2 Mar, 11-4. Property closed 24-25 Dec
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About the area
Discover East Sussex
East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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