One of the most famous castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngriggeas , a former knight of Edward III. Built for both defence and as a comfortable family home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the deep moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. The narrow spiral staircases are still in use and require some patience and some care.
The castle is protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. It has been owned by The National Trust since 1925, donated by Lord Curzon on his death, and is open to the public.