Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA

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Bodiam Castle reflected in moat, East Sussex ©National Trust Images Chris Lacey


A quintessentially English castle.

Bodiam is one of Britain’s most picturesque castles in the heart of a historic landscape. As was Sir Edward Dallingridge’s vision when he built the castle in 1385, the approach to the castle with towers rising majestically from the moat is awe inspiring. With spiral stairs, battlements, windows for loosing arrows and ruins where knights once roamed, Bodiam is a place where you can let your imagination run free.

The main tea-room and Castle View Café serve delicious lunches and a tempting selection of homemade cakes and treats. There is also a gift shop selling a range of castle-themed gifts and local produce and a second-hand bookshop to browse. Apart from group visits and ticketed events, you do not need to book in advance to visit Bodiam Castle.

For a full event listing or more information, please see the National Trust website.

Dogs on shorter leads are welcome in the grounds of Bodiam Castle and in the Castle View cafe. Find out more here.

Things to do in Bodiam

Combine your visit to Bodiam Castle with a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway, a cruise on the River Rother, a vineyard tour or a visit to beautiful Great Dixter. Find out more about things to do in Bodiam here.

Where to stay in Bodiam

Too much for a day trip? No problem. Bodiam has any number of cottages, shepherds' huts, oast houses and B&Bs to choose from. Find out more about where to stay in Bodiam, and some top tips for food and drink in Bodiam.

What's on in Bodiam

Themed days at Bodiam Castle, special rides on the Kent & East Sussex Railway, seasonal events at beautiful gardens, exhibitions and more. Find out what's on in Bodiam.



Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Please visit the website for further information. National Trust members enter free with a membership card.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Bellasopita
      Inverness, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Lovely time
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 12th December 2022
      Love walking around the castle, enjoy watching ducks and birds running around too. The castle itself is not so big but still interesting. Read full review
    • RussellG1
      Church Stretton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Great castle
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 16th January 2023
      Great example of what you would call an English Castle. Being able to climb the turret stairs to the roof was very interesting if even my legs did wobble! Went on winters day so didn't explore the... Read full review
    • tomhutt12
      Herne Bay, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Beautiful but rather disappointing.
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 27th January 2023
      We were on our way back from Hastings and came across the castle on our way home. We decided to pop in as thought it would be good for my son. On our arrival and attempting to purchase tickets we... Read full review

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    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop at ticket office, castle view cafe, tearoom and shop
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille guide and large print welcome leaflet
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Wheelchair user accessible - Property partially accessible, wheelchairs available to hire. Electric golf buggy service available seasonally to transport visitors to and from the castle.


    • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Castle View café – grab and go facility open seasonally serving light refreshments and ice cream. Main tea-room serving hot and cold refreshments and ice cream
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking - On site pay and display parking. Free for NT members.

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted - Educational and adult group tours and activities available, pre-booking for group visits essential.

    Opening Times

    * Please refer to the National Trust website for opening times.


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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