A Daytrip to Bodiam Castle and Hastings
What’s so cool about this castle and the thing that makes it so worth visiting, is that it is still incredibly intact for its age. The entire outside wall and towers look like they did back in the day. That’s pretty amazing in itself given that this is 1066 country and the Battle of Hastings was fought not all that far from here.
We started our visit with a little lunch break on the lawn at the front of the castle, overlooking the stone bridge and moat. The moat is full of ginormous carp who came to greet us as we walked along the bridge. Of course hoping we would throw them morsels of food like the other people were doing.
The inside of the castle is slightly less intact as its outside, but very atmospheric nonetheless. There are information boards in each room clearly explaining what they were used for by the Dalyngrigges.
Throughout the day there are lively presentations about customs and weird things they did back then. We happened to catch one about hygiene in medieval times, which believe it or not, was something knights and ladies were very fussy about back then.
After careful contemplation of the local bus schedules, we figured out that the nearest train station was Hastings so we headed there, looking forward to a walk along the beach.
Now, I have been to Hastings a few times for their fabulous October bonfire night a few years back. But if you ask me, that bonfire night is all that is fabulous about this seaside town. I heard it had been pimped up a bit and that artists were flocking to Hastings setting up studios and art galleries, so I was excited to see how it had changed.
|This trip was made possible with support of the 1066 Country Tourism Board.|