Take the kids to Bodiam, a fabulous moated castle

We have to be up early on a Sunday and off to Tunbridge Wells for a climbing course with the kids so we decided to take advantage of being that way to extend a trip to Scotney Castle. However, due to the snow, the site was closed on arrival. We grab a map (old school!) and make the decision to head further out to Bodiam Castle.  It did not disappoint.

Bodiam Castle, stunning moated castle in Kent

Utterly majestic in its setting, you cannot help but be wowed on arrival.  This moated castle stands proud overlooking the East Sussex countryside. As we near the castle itself, my youngest declares that the Castle is in fact floating!! It certainly looks that way and the reflections in the water just make it look a little bit magical.

By now our boys are in their own imaginary world of Knights & Dragons and off pacing the path around the main castle to the rear and the bridge across into the main castle grounds. I just wish we’d brought their dress up outfits and swords! Once inside this ruined site, this is a magical playground of spiral stairways, tower rooms, battlements and staggering views across the local landscape.  

Boys playing on the ramparts at Bodiam Castle

Lots of fun for the kids

I manage to get my boys to take in some of the history behind the site – they were impressed by the fact it was more than 600 years old and that the owner Sir Edward Dallaridge shared his name with my eldest son.

Our boys completed the Precious Gem Trail and won themselves a little treasure box with some crystals. I wasn’t expecting the prize to be quite so good for £2.50 per map but they were thrilled with their loot!

Winter sunshine through the trees. Blue sky day

Blue sky day at Bodiam

Couple this stunning castle with the usual great standard of National Trust Café & Shop and the day couldn’t get much better.   We purchase National Trust membership at Bodiam – it is a gift from my Mother-in-Law. I now feel properly grown up and to be honest, the world seems somewhat better after being in these places.

So glad that our small contribution (or my Mother-in-Law’s!) will be helping to maintain the legacy of these wonderful properties.


A few fast facts:

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle

Cost: Adults – £9.80, Children – £4.90, Family Ticket – £24.50.  Precious Gem Trail is an additional £2.50 per sheet.

Parking: Free to members or £3 for non-members

Distance from Bromley:  1 hour 5 mins

Distance from Blackheath: 1 hour 10 mins

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