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Published July 10th 2016
One of England's most picturesque castles
Nestled in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the stunning Bodiam Castle. This archetypal 14th century moated castle was built to defend the area against the French invasion during the Hundred Years' War and is surrounded by a jaw dropping landscape, which is truly breathtaking on arrival.
The tranquillity and enchantment of Bodiam castle will make you want to visit time and time again. Whether you want to find out more about the history of the castle, have a romantic picnic on the bank, paint the stunning surroundings or admire the nature, there is certainly something for everyone. The whole family is sure to fall in love with this picture perfect castle, which has a fascinating history and that is surrounded by beautiful scenery and an array of wildlife.
In the summer months, there are many family events held at the castle such as food festivals, a re-enactment of a medieval village and a chance for the kids to dress up at the Knight and Princess Academy. Tickets will need to be purchased to admire this romantic ancient monument, where you can explore the castles look-out and ruins, which were once used by knights in the 14th century. The castles gatehouse attracts visitors as it boasts its stunning original wooden portcullis, which is a rare find.
When you first set eyes on this picturesque castle you will instantly spot the original moat that runs around the castle. Here you will find large koi carp, ducks and a variety of birds that live in the area. The castle is best visited in the summer months, when the ducks are accompanied by their ducklings and when the castle is reflected onto the moat below for the perfect picture.
If you're looking for something a little more unusual at Bodiam castle, then why not try your hand at bat spotting. Bodiam Castle is renowned as having one of the most important bat roosts in the south east of England. In 2013, Bodiam castle recorded the earliest ever births of wild baby bats in the UK living the roost in the gatehouse of the castle. Volunteers at Bodiam believe that the colony is the biggest bat roost in the south east with over 200 bats recorded on site.
The reflection of the castle and the beautiful koi carp
If you're feeling a little peckish during your visit, then you can enjoy a delicious light lunch or cream tea at the newly refurbished Wharf tea room whilst admiring the view. The Castle View Coffee Shop opposite the entrance to the castle is also a great place to grab a drink and to relax on the castles deckchairs or benches. I highly recommend that you try the local honey from the castles very own beehives that are attended to by the beekeepers from Kencol Farm. Best of all, this delicious honey can be purchased in the gift shop.
There is never a dull moment at Bodiam castle with many exciting events throughout the year for Valentine's, Mothers', Fathers' and Christmas Day. In 2016, new events such as a Boxing Day walk, Bodiam brunch walks and Medieval Monday lecture lunches are being introduced, which are suitable for the whole family. Whatever the weather and whoever you're with... Bodiam castle will definitely not disappoint.