Days Out – Bodiam Castle, West Sussex {National Trust}

Last weekend was one of the first weekends in a while where we had no plans. No DIY. No family visits. Nothing. We actually woke and asked “what shall we do today?”. It was glorious.

As the weather wasn’t too bad (and by that I mean dry) we decided to go to Bodiam Castle as it was part of our national trust membership.


Bodiam Castle is based in Robertsbridge and is a 14th century castle. Built in 1385 it housed the Lewknor family (via marriage) whilst England were at war with the French.

It’s also one of the very few castles that still house a working moat!

As we arrived we found that a tour was about to begin, so we decided to follow that and then explore the grounds after.

The tour was fascinating as it followed   the lives of the workers of the castle. Our tour guide was hilarious and really got the children involved. We really enjoyed it.

After the tour, we then explored the remainder of the castle and its grounds.

The views from the top of the towers are amazing, although on the day we went it was rather windy. I highly recommend wearing hats with ties – we almost lost ours!


Although the castle was smaller than we expected, we still spent a few hours here exploring the different rooms (including the tea rooms!) and enjoying the company of the hundreds of ducks that have taken residence here.

I’d recommend paying Bodiam Castle a visit if you’re in the area. Although the castle isn’t particularly buggy friendly, so wearing your babies is probably the better option, the grounds are expansive and we saw several babies having fun toddling and chasing ducks.

During certain months throughout the year we read that there are also special events at the castle; including the firing of the canons, so we’ll definitely be revisiting.

What did you get up to at the weekend? Have you been the Bodiam Castle?