Lonely Planet review
Surrounded by a square moat teeming with oversized goldfish, four-towered archetypal Bodiam Castle makes you half expect to see a fire-breathing dragon appear or a golden-haired princess lean over its walls. It is the legacy of 14th-century soldier of fortune (the polite term for knights who slaughtered and pillaged their way around France) Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who married the local heiress and set about building a castle to make sure everybody knew who was boss.
Parliamentarian forces left the castle in ruins during the English Civil War, but in 1917 Lord Curzon, former viceroy of India, bought it and restored the exterior. Much of the interior remains unrestored, but it's possible to climb to the battlements for some pretty views.
While here you'll most likely hear the tooting of the nearby Kent & East Sussex steam railway , which runs from Tenterden in Kent through 11 miles of gentle hills and woods to Bodiam village, from where a bus takes you to the castle. It operates three to five services on most days from May to September and at the weekend and school holidays in October, December and February.
The castle is in Bodium, 9 miles northeast of Battle off the B2244, near Robertsbridge. Stagecoach bus 349 stops at Bodiam from Hastings.