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A royal visit!

This place is stunning and all the staff there are very friendly. There is lots to do and lots of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
oliviag700
via mobile
What a classic

On approach to the castle you would think it was still in use today, the outside is in such good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura I
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Echuca, Australia
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This place is fantastic just beautiful so much to see and do ... lovely grounds to walk around gift shop and tea rooms... xx

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Claudia C
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Stopped off at Bodiam Castle on our way to Kent. Glad we're NT members as would not have liked to pay for a one-off visit. Really disappointing visit, as it looks so fabulous, but when you get inside there's nothing there - nothing to really help you understand the history of the place apart from a short, yet interesting, film. Basically you're wandering around a ruin, which had the odd sign board advising what room you'd be in.

Not impressed the NT were going down the Merlin Entertainment route of conning parents into paying extra for kids to attempt archery for a sky high fee, or the on-site bird of prey experience again for a sky high fee.

There is a very small ww2 pill box in the grounds, which the kids enjoyed playing on. They also loved seeing the whale-sized fish in the moat.

Overall it needs an audio guide to bring the place to life - or more information around and about to inform. There were guided tours available but not too frequent.

The zillions of wasps in and around the cafe were more than just a nuisance.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Well worth a visit; recommend 'booking' a volunteer talk to really help understand the life and times of the castle over the centuries.

Lovely location and the history of the River Rother was very interesting.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nijari
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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Beautiful castle with full moat which is stuffed with Coy Carp well worth the hour, good cafe and shop in the grounds and recommend The Castle inn opposite the entrance

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve L
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Went to Bodian Castle as part of a day out with my wife and grandson on the Tenterden Steam Train that took us to Bodian Castle. Be prepared for a long walk to the castle but it's well worth it with a very charming restaurant to revive one's self after the walk and before the exploration of the grounds and castle interior. If you are disabled there is a golf buggy to take you from the ground's entrance up to the castle proper, take time to look at the video of the history of the castle's beginning and why it's where it is and why.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KenWilson1940
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