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The Castles Route

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The Castles Route

Cycle down pretty country lanes to Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, an archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour.  Stop for refreshments at the cafe and then cycle back to Kent to visit a completely different type of castle.

Sissinghurst started life as a moated manor house in the 13th century and boasts a long and illustrious history, hosting royals like Queen Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth I over the years, as well as being used as a war prison in the 1700s.

Today, the imposing castle is best known for its spectacular gardens, the inspired creation of 20th-century owner and poet Vita Sackville-West. Spread over 450 acres, the breathtaking parklands include colorful flower gardens, an aromatic herb garden, a bird hide, an orchard and a number of scenic walkways.

We can alter your route depending on which order you would like to visit the two castles.

If you only have a half day available, then you can visit one castle only.

Unguided tour, maps provided.

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  • Type: Countryside Tour
  • Price: £35-45
  • Duration: Full Day or Half Day (1 castle only)
  • Group Size: Any
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Tour Notes

We supply a map of your route. We can also send a map of your route to your phone, if you prefer and we can provide a bike phone holder.  

Don't forget your National Trust Card for entry to Sissinghurst and Bodiam.  This route is subject to opening times of Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

If you would like a guide there will be a charge of £100 in addition to the bike hire charge. Guides need to be booked in advance and are subject to availability.