Bodiam Castle East Sussex

Bodiam Castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, around two hours by car from London. The castle is a great half a day trip from East Sussex‘s beautiful coastal towns, e.g. Hastings, and makes also the perfect stop on a road trip from London down to the beach.

The castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, King of England from 1327 until his death in 1377. The Bodiam Castle is believed to have served as a protection of the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453) that was fought over the succession of the French throne.

Bodiam Castle – From the Outside

The castle is a square shaped castle with towers at its corners and entrances. It is surrounded by a large moat which made the castle look much larger than it actually was. The beauty of the castle was also recognised by Irish singer Enya who shows Bodiam Castle in her music video for the song The Celts.

Bodiam Castle – Inner Area

The castle, though appearing complete from the outside, is merely in ruins nowadays. Yet still it is very picturesque with the moat and bridge which makes it is easy to imagine how it was strategic in defending the area.

Bodiam Castle – Interior

Walking through the interior you quickly get an idea of how it must have been to live inside the castle in the 14th century. To help your imagination, some rooms are decorated to resemble the daily life in the Bodiam Castle 600 years ago.

Bodiam Castle – View From the Tower

The castle is around 20 meters high. So don’t forget to climb up to the towers for a beautiful view of the area around the Bodiam Castle.

Nowadays little ducks enjoy living here :)

Tea Room at Bodiam Castle

Just before you cross the bridge to Bodiam Castle, there is also a little tea room and a restaurant to have Afternoon Tea or some snacks. And did you know, you can also tie the knot at Bodiam Castle. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the castle gatehouse with the reception in the Terrace Room near the river or in a marquee. For more info, check the National Trust wedding website here.

Bodiam Castle is a lovely candidate for a day trip in East Sussex. Just come by around early afternoon and take your time to explore the castle and enjoy the beautiful green surroundings (such a nice change from London!). Then have some Afternoon Tea before heading to your next destination. For more things to do in East Sussex, have a look here and for more things to do in the UK, visit this one.

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A Day in Bratislava

After exploring beautiful Vienna we decided to take the one-hour train to Bratislava. We took the train in the morning and arrived in Bratislava perfectly in time for brunch. Though the area around the Bratislava train station doesn’t look that pretty, the city’s old town looks absolutely gorgeous. The architecture reminded me on the one in Prague and the old town of Bratislava could really be the little sister of Prague’s old town – if that makes any sense at all :)

Bratislava’s sightseeing bus

Bratislava’s old town is quite small and you explore pretty much everything by foot. But after seeing this adorable little red sightseeing bus, there was no way not jump in. The streets in the old town are sometimes very narrow so a proper tourist bus wouldn’t be able to fit through. And taking this alternative sightseeing bus is just so much fun. The major sights and the history of Bratislava are explained to you during your ride. And best of all, you are super close to all the sights and are going at a very slow speed – perfect to explore all the details.

Map of Bratislava’s old town

If you just have one day in Bratislava and have to take back the train to Vienna at night, spend the whole day in the old town. Arrive in time for lunch and then explore Bratislava’s old town with its beautiful architecture and narrow streets during the afternoon. Leave some extra time for coffee breaks and find a cosy restaurant for dinner before heading back to Vienna.

When I visited Bratislava’s old town I passed by a lovely little SPA (can’t remember the name anymore though) and had a massage which was amazing. So instead of coffee break number 3, just go for a SPA treatment :)

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Canterbury

Canterbury is a historic city in Kent, most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canterbury Cathedral. The city is around 1.5 hours away from London makes a lovely day trip if you wish to explore more of England. Canterbury is home to many historical sites including a city wall that was created during Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century.

Most of the tourists visit the city because of the Canterbury Cathedral which is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The cathedral was founded in 597 and entirely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077 due a fire in 1067 that had destroyed the cathedral. Over the following 900 years there have been various additions and alterations to the cathedral but parts of the Quire and some windows and their stained glass date back to the 12th century. A staircase and parts of the North Wall remain from the cathedral as it was in 1077.

Canterbury became one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage centres after the murder of its most famous Archbishop, Thomas Becket, in 1170. It is said that the Archbishop was murdered by four knights in response to Henry II reclamation “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”. The murder took place in the Martyrdom. Shortly after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket miracles were said to take place making the city a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages.

Apart from the famous Canterbury Cathedral there are lots of things to do and visit in Canterbury including the Buttermarket, the Westgate Towers, the city walls, St. Augustine Abbey, Lady Wootton’s Green, the Christ Church Gate (photo below), and of course the cosy little restaurants and pubs that you see everywhere in the historic centre of Canterbury.

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