31 Days in Europe: Bodiam Castle

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Now considered a “picturesque ruin,” Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 and was designed both as a family home and as one of England’s defensive structures to protect what is now East Sussex from invasion by France.

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Bodiam’s exterior walls are almost all intact, while the interior remains give the visitor a vision of what life at Bodiam was like for its Medieval and Renaissance inhabitants.

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Bodiam’s original wooden portcullis — the spiked gate in the doorway — is an extremely rare example. It was attached with ropes, chains, and pulleys, and could be quickly lowered when the castle was threatened.

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Now owned and protected by the National Trust, Bodiam can be toured by visitors and is a popular field trip site for school children. Spiral stone staircases lead to battlements and open viewing platforms at the top. Bodiam is a child’s delight with its freedom from guards and fences.

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If you find yourself in southeastern England, don’t miss Bodiam Castle. Its long history and untold stories will weave a spell for you and you’ll remember its beauty long after you leave.

Image credit: Got My Reservations

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