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Medieval-style castles available as day-trips from London?

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Medieval-style castles available as day-trips from London?

Hi All,

I'll be in London for work and am looking to do day trips on Saturday/Sunday April 29/30. Hoping to see some medieval castles, rather than estates/gardens and such. Hoping to avoid masses of kids, would rather go see some 'boring' ruins ;)

Leeds/Warwick sound like they're more commercialized. Dover and Arundel seem to be my best bet - am I missing any other good opportunities?

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1. Re: Medieval-style castles available as day-trips from London?

Hello! Dover and Arundel would be good choices and as you probably know they ard both easily reachable by train.

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Bodiam is an absolute must for you : www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/

If you don't have a car, I'd get a train to Battle and a taxi to and from the castle. Google Battle Taxi and get a couple of quotes for a round trip. That also gives you the option of spending the rest of the day at Battle Abbey - 1066 and all that.

Arundel is too stately home for me. Hever is easier to get to but rather commercialised. Bodiam is the one !

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If you like ruins then Rochester Castle is worth a visit.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/r…

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I second Rochester - easily reached by high speed train from St Pancras and as well as the castle you have the catherdal just opposite. 'The double Norman yoke of Church and State' to quote my old history teacher.

They are both situated at the end of the high street which has some good bookshops and loads of places for lunch. If you want to see the Cathedral it may be better to visit on saturday.

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Dover is my personal favourite castle in England (large interesting history from medieval to wartime, lots of different bits to explore and dramatic cliff top setting). Arundel is as more home than castle (it is also largely late victorian rather than authentically medieval) however it is large and there is lots to see and the town is very picturesque, on a little hill overlooking the river with an interesting cathederal. Hever and Leeds are interesting but both quite theme parky. Most of the other South Eastern castles are ruines - Rochester and Bodiam are probably the pick of them. Rochester itself is a very interesting town with a nice old high street full of historical buildings and a great cathederal - it is also an easy day trip from London, Bodiam is an archetypcal castle with moat drawbridge and turretts and is a personal faveroute. Only issue is it is quite tricky to get to by public transport, you could do the taxi option from Battle or Robertsbridge station or there is a bus from Hastings (which also has a castle - the first Norman Castle in Britain - but it is also a ruin - albeit one in a nice setting on a cliff top overlooking the sea). Battle Abbey near Bodiam is also well worth seeing (not a castle but a significant monument to medieval British History). North of London there are some interesting castles in Suffolk (again mainly ruins) including Framlingham and Orford.

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[would rather go see some 'boring' ruins ]

If you're happy with 'moderately interesting' ruins you could visit Eynsford Castle.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

If you're fit you could walk there and back from Eynsford station. It says on the website that the distance is one mile from the station, but I think it's somewhat more than that.

Nearby is also the Lullingstone Roman Villa.

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interested in tudor then hever castle hevercastle.co.uk/hever-castle-directions.as…

train and 3 mile taxi are your best bet great connections and great history

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Have you been to London before, and been to the Tower of London? It is actually a medieval castle, and is one of the biggest medieval castles in the world.

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This is one of the most complete and intact Norman Keeps in the country, it is a wee bit tricky to get to on Public Transport, from London, BUT certainly is do-able

http://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk/

This one, in Suffolk is feasable...

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

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10. Re: Medieval-style castles available as day-trips from London?

I immediately thought of Bodiam, until I read that you don't want lots of children around. Bodiam has all sorts of fun things for children so may not suit you.