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Monday, 26 October 2015

Bodiam Castle, the Interior

Bodiam Castle is a quadrangular (square) shape, with towers at each corner topped with crenellations.  It is unusual in that it does not have a Keep, all the interior buildings were built against the outer defensive walls.

Towers to climb Smile


Graffiti, it looks like it has been there a long time!

The kitchen area

A costumed member of staff giving a talk.

I love looking round ruins, and this one was wonderful, with towers to explore, steep spiral staircases to climb, with spectacular views of the countryside and the inside of the Castle from the battlements.

Beautiful countryside all around.

On the battlements Smile

Looking down into the castle from the top of one of the towers, you can see the fish in the moat.

My husband and sister in law declined to climb the towers, but if I can go up anywhere I will! I had wobbly legs for a few days after our visit, but it was well worth it Smile

I would have loved to see it with all the buildings complete.

Looking towards the main entrance.

You can only imagine what this looked like when the castle was lived in.

The visit to this fantastic castle, and the journey on the steam train from Tenterden, made this a fantastic day out, we all really enjoyed ourselves. Roll on next summer Open-mouthed smile

Holes for pouring boiling water or oil onto intruders.

Bodiam Castle, the outside.

Bodiam Castle has got to be one of the photogenic castles I have ever seen. Set amongst the beautiful East Sussex countryside, and surrounded by a moat, the castle is a beautiful sight as you walk from Bodiam Station.

As the castle comes into view, you are struck by the beauty of the ruins, and its situation in the surrounding countryside.

The Castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge to defend the area from a French Invasion, which never happened. It has played its part in the War of The Roses and the Civil War. The Castle was dismantled after the Civil War and remained as a ruin until the 19th Century, when some restoration was undertaken.

We had taken a picnic with us, and thoroughly enjoyed eating our lunch in the grounds, and sharing some of it with the many ducks.

Our approach was from the rear of the Castle, but you can walk all around the building, and view the castle from all angles. we had lovely weather, and spent a good couple of hours looking round.

My next blog will be photos of the interior of the Castle Smile