TQ 786-256 Sussex England
Bodiam Castle is a magnificent 14th century stone quadrangular fortress, founded by Sir Edward Dalingridge. The ashlar curtain wall, with its substantial towers, stands perfectly symmetrical in the middle of its wide moat and is the picture book example of a castle. At the four corners are four-storeyed cylindrical towers, with square interval towers on the east and west walls. On the south wall is a square postern tower, while the north front has a formidable twin-rectilinar towered gatehouse, with gunports. The original bridge across the moat, was at right angles to the octagonal outwork, which had a drawbridge connecting it to the barbican. The ranges of buildings around the central courtyard, are little more than foundations, after the castle was partly dismantled during the Civil War. 3 miles east at Northiam is Great Dixter and 10 miles north-west at Lamberhurst is Scotney Castle.
Bodiam Castle is located east of the village centre, off the B2244. 23 miles south of Maidstone, on the A229-B2244.
The site is owned by The National Trust and is open daily, mid February to October 10:30-5:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday November to December 11:00-4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday January to mid February 11:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.