There are a number of visitor attractions and National Trust properties near Bedgebury Camping in Kent. Bodiam Castle in East Sussex close to Bedgebury Camping, is one of the most picturesque.
Situated approximately 20 minutes’ drive away from our campsite in Kent, and just over the East Sussex border, this castle looks familiar even to those who have not seen it before. Built in 1385, it typifies what we might expect from an English castle – four circular towers at each corner of the quadrangular plan, small slits for windows from where arrows were once fired, crenellations, battlements a wooden portcullis and a moat.
Today, Bodiam Castle provides a fascinating and picturesque insight into medieval England and its nobility. Tragically, the castle fell into decay in the middle ages and although internally it is ruinous, enough of the original structure remains to form a plan of the castle. Clear information is available in each room detailing what it would have been used for and it is possible to explore the remains of the castle on foot via stair cases and passage ways. The views from the upper level of the surrounding Wealden countryside are spectacular. An information video in one of the lower level rooms takes you through the history of the castle and its use.
A fun day out for the children in East Sussex
On a summer’s day, the landscaped grounds, provide an excellent location for a family picnic and a game of knights and princesses for the children and depending on the events calendar, you may find family-focussed activities going on. There is the interesting wildlife to observe including some unusual Jet Black Ants and one of the most important bat roosts in the South East of England. There is also a sand pit to play in, trails to enjoy and a gift shop to peruse which will help ensure there are fun and interesting things for children to do on a day out at an East Sussex castle. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
When it’s time to stop and refuel, the newly refurbished Wharf tea room is sure to impress with its choice of freshly cooked seasonal produce and sweet treats. Of course, there is also the renowned National Trust cream tea to indulge in. Bodiam Castle also has a coffee shop open during July and August serving lighter snacks and refreshments.
A family railway trip through the Weald
To complete the day out with the kids in Kent and East Sussex, there is historic private railway which runs between Tenterden and Bodiam. The Kent & East Sussex railway passes through 10 miles of unspoilt Wealden countryside and it is easy and quick to reach Bodiam station from the castle on foot. Dogs are welcome on board the trains.
If you are looking to combine camping and dog-friendly or family friendly days out in Kent or East Sussex, Bedgebury Camping in Goudhurst is in a great location. We are a campsite that allows campfires and provide lots of open space for many different types of camping groups.