|A view across the moat to the postern gate of Bodiam Castle|
A frequent backdrop to BBC and History Channel documentaries about the Medieval era, Bodiam Castle may be ruined inside but its exterior is largely complete and, with its enormous moat, presents an imposing view to any "attacking force of knights" riding towards it.
The 14th Century castle - built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge (who sported an impressive unicorn helm on for his jousting armour) - was possibly more for show than anything else, an emblem of Sir Edward's wealth and political status (both gained through a combination of military prowess and strategic family marriages).
As castle ruins go, there's still plenty to explore and be inspired by, with several of the towers being accessible to the more able-bodied (ie. not me).
However, even if you don't fancy ascending narrow, winding staircases there are also a number of dungeon-esque storerooms on the ground level as well as the sunken well room in the south-west corner.
The castle is also well-stocked with signage, but not overly so, with some interesting tit-bits of Medieval trivia that gamers - who aren't already mediaeval scholars - can always cherry-pick to add some flavour to their faux feudal societies.
I can easily see myself drawing upon that floorplan (below) for the layout of a castle - ruined or otherwise - in my upcoming Castles & Crusades campaign. Because, ultimately, who doesn't love maps?