Want to camping near a castle? Few castles look as classic and iconic as moated Bodiam in East Sussex. Paired with cute Bodiam village, this popular family holiday spot is awash with good local campsites and the land around Bodiam provides you with plenty of camping options. Beyond the castle, the area boasts plenty of history, with 1066 country – attractions like Battle Abbey and Hastings – just down the road and there's excellent walking in the surrounding High Weald AONB too.
In the heart of the High Weald in Sussex, 14th-century Bodiam Castle (01580 830196) looks every inch the way a proper castle should, with a wide moat and turreted towers bristling with arrow slits. Now owned by the National Trust, it is one of the most splendidly picturesque castles in the country, and, from the outside at least looks much as it would have done 600 or so years ago when the wealthy Sir Edward Dalyngrigge had it built. Inside the castle walls, little remains of Dalyngrigge’s living quarters – the Parliamentarians gutted the castle during the Civil War – but enough original features remain to spark the imagination, including the original wooden portcullis (possibly the oldest in the country) and the ‘murder holes’ in the gatehouse, through which boiling oil and water could be poured on to the heads of the enemy. Winding staircases lead up to the battlements, which give fabulous views out over the Sussex countryside and down to the castle courtyard below.
Want to go camping near a castle? Few castles look as classic as moated Bodiam in East Sussex and the cute village of Bodiam, too, is a delight. The local area is awash with good campsites and if you want to go camping within east reach of Bodiam there are plenty of options.