Last Sunday we visited Bodiam Castle, in Kent, with my Sister and her Husband.
The 14th century moated castle was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a Knight of Edward lll, in 1385.
Once a magnificent medieval home Bodiam Castle is now owned by the National Trust and is opened to the public to visit.
We spent a good few hours climbing spiral staircases to reach the battlements, peering in dark corners and out of the little arrow Windows.
During your visit there is opportunity to listen to talks about medieval life in the castle, given by characters such as the Brewster. Beware though he will offer to drink your wee as a means of diagnosing any ailments you might have, yuck!!
A favourite with the children was the Armoury, where they were encouraged to get hands on and try on the armour. We had to eventually drag them out of there as they could have spent hours trying on all the armour. Mummy was getting desperate for a cup of tea after climbing so many steep steps.
It is also falls into the category of an inexpensive way to entertain the kids especially if you bring a picnic along for lunch. There is a well served tea room available should you prefer.
If you are already a National Trust member then entry to the castle is free. Non members can visit though for a small fee.
We intend to join the National Trust so we can enjoy more days out like this. A two adult family membership is available for just £9.25 a month. With over 500 owned National Trust places to visit that’s a lot of day tripping to look forward to.
Have you visited Bodiam Castle before?