In mid-summer 2016, my family spent three weeks traipsing around the U.K., going from London to Ireland and then back again to England for a drive around the northeast, Wales and southern England. On the second to last day, just before we kicked off the ’16-’17 English football season at Craven Cottage in West London and before we explored A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin’s real life Hundred Acre Wood, we spent a beautiful day in England at Bodiam Castle.
This ended up as one of the best days of our entire vacation.
Not only is Bodiam, with its moat and glorious ruins on the inside, the finest and prettiest medieval castle in southern England, it’s also a playground for giddy young children thanks to a swarm of hungry fish and dozens of precocious ducks. Boxes of food are sold for a pound and as my youngest girl will tell you, there’s no bigger thrill than hand feeding a funny ducky in the shadow of an ancient castle!
Because my daughters had gotten into the habit of performing their absurdist ‘acrobatic moves’ routine across the whole of the United Kingdom (you should have seen them on the beach in Brighton!), there was another performance on the side of Bodiam Castle as we made our way back to the parking lot after having explored the inside of Bodiam and burned through several boxes of fish and duck food.
We cannot recommend enough spending a beautiful day at Bodiam Castle. If you and your family spend any time in London, or southern England, this 14th century medieval castle makes a perfect English day trip thanks to Bodiam being just 1 hour from Gatwick, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Heathrow, and 2 hours from central London.
A family visit to Bodiam Castle, including parking and a couple boxes of fish food, will set you back only about 30 pounds making Bodiam a tremendous tourist value, without a swarm of tourists!