Bodiam Castle is very different to Warwick Castle near where I grew up – and after we arrived on the steam railway and trekked along the road towards the entry to the castle grounds, we landed in the most delicious place – a tearoom!
The boys were ravenous after their exciting morning onboard the train, and we decided on a sunny spot to eat our lunches – the mister had a burger and the boys chose packed lunches, which included a packet of seeds to grow! I ordered a cream tea, which the wasps seemed to think was theirs as we sat surrounded by buzzing friends, keen to get a sugar rush from the raspberry conserve.
In hindsight I really should have taken the pushchair but we were worried about fitting it onto the steam train, and so Baby Hero was carried in regal style around the castle grounds, and perched with a juicy apple and National Trust emblem sugar cookie whilst the boys ate lunch.
With full tummies, we trekked our way up the path to the castle. The boys ran ahead to see if there was a moat like they imagined, right around the castle – and there was. It was glorious, and the castle spectacular.
We explored the castle grounds, inside and out and in every nook we could discover. There were steps and stairs, battlements and balconies – and the boys loved the freedom to explore in a courtyard that was perfectly sized for family outings with little ones.
Naturally there’a always someone who wants to break the rules – a troublemaker who wants to climb the walls – and although it made for the sweetest photograph, I did get him down straight afterwards and remind him that moutaineering is not a good idea in castles.
Coins stowed safely in pockets, we wandered back down through the castle grounds to catch the last riverboat home. Our afternoon was definitely not long enough to explore and enjoy the castle – and so we’ll be back, Bodiam Castle – with a big picnic and a whole day to spend!