A springtime visit to Bodiam Castle

A heart-shaped cloud hovers in a blue sky over Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Visit us this springtime and discover the beauty of this magnificent 14th century castle. The spring sunshine often makes the towers glisten to provide some great photographic opportunities.

Discover the beauty of springtime at the castle

The impressive and beautiful symmetry of Bodiam Castle with its massive towers and broad moat is the perfect example of a 14th century medieval castle.  A great place to explore and imagine yourself back in the past and coming across the bridge for a maginificent feast in the great hall.

The gentle light of spring sunshine favours the castle, bringing out all the colours of the stonework. Some great opportunities are opened up for photographers to use their skill and capture the beauty of this grand building.

Explore and discover

Although the curtain walls of the castle remain intact, inside is mainly ruined but when you look around these remains you can still get a good idea of what a grand and impressive place this would have been in the time of Sir Edward and Lady Elizabeth Dallingridge. Take a moment to stand in the courtyard and look around at the many fireplaces that still can been seen built into the inner walls. Our guides will also be pleased to tell you about the many garderobes that were installed.

Bodiam Castle
A view to the gatehouse entrance from the courtyard at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

Spiral stairs and great towers

If you have the stamina and mobility to climb up the steep and narrow spiral staircases up to the battlements you'll be rewarded with the most incredible views across the River Rother valley towards Ewhurst Green and east towards Newenden. The views are ever changing with the seasons and the state of the river.

Please note that the staircases within the castle are very steep stone spiral stairs with high and narrow treads. There is a handrail on the outside edge of the stairwells but visitors should take time to consider whether they are able to make the trip up and down these stairs comfortably. There are some resting places off the stairwells but the climb between each of these is considerable and there are no passing places on the stairs.

The postern tower has a single stairwell and so is used by visitors going up and coming down the same set of stairs. We recommend that all children are supervised by a responsible adult on all stairs within the castle.

Spiral staircase, Bodiam Castle
A view looking up one of the steep stone spiral staircases at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Spiral staircase, Bodiam Castle

The great hall, kitchen area and gatehouse

As well as climbing up, you can take a few steps down from the castle courtyard and see the well room. The water would have been used in the nearby kitchens, but only ale from the buttery would have been drunk at the table. Perhaps you can see why? Before you leave this room, take a look up for a bird's eye view.

Take a seat on the dais and survey the great hall before you imagine looking up to the minstrel's gallery at the far end above the arches to the buttery, pantry and kitchen. This room with its great vaulted roof and impressive arched window, probably glazed with stained glass, would have seen many a feast and celebration.

As you leave the castle, look up and see the murder holes above you in the gatehouse tower. All manner of unpleasant things would have rained down on any unwelcome visitors in the past.  There's also the remains of the iron-clad oak portcullis, thought to be possibly the oldest in England and above the studded oak doors are the badge and shields of the Dallingridge family.