Title: Bodiam Castle
Description: The ultimate fairytale castle with spiral staircases and medieval battlements. Bodiam Castle also has a museum, souvenir shop and tea room.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Post Code: TN32 5UA
Bodiam Castle is what every fairytale castle should look like. Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge to defend the then navigable River Rother, its massive curtain walls grow out of the moat. Square with a round tower at each corner and strongly defended gateways, the castle was built when French pirates sailed up the river on a regular basis.
Never used in anger, any attacker would have had a formidable task to invade across the moat. A bridge now leads straight to the main gate, but excavations have shown that a series of bridges once existed, making it impossible for an intruder to cross without being fired upon.
Occupied in 1644 by the Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War, it was dismantled and left in ruins. A local squire and eccentric, 'Mad' Jack Fuller purchased the castle in 1829 to stop further damage, but it was not until later, when it was bought by Lord Curzon, that extensive repairs were undertaken.
Now owned by the National Trust, little remains of the inside although the walls, gatehouse and towers are accessible.