Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA

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Bridge leading across moat to Bodiam Castle, East Sussex. ©National Trust Images John Millar



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.


All images ©National Trust Images

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:

    • Jain S
      Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
      A lovely place to visit.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th December 2023
      Beautiful place to visit. Stunning views and a lovely walk. The staff are very knowledgable and helpful. Read full review
    • Gardenchamp
      Dogs tolerated but really 'dog welcoming/friendly'.
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 22nd January 2024
      This is a stunning and beautiful NT property, quite close to were we live so a regular place to visit but like all NT's properties it is really only ' dog tolerant' and not at all dog welcoming... Read full review
    • vegan2infinity
      Dudley, United Kingdom
      A Fun Active Day
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th February 2024
      A great place for kids! Although it looks empty when you get there, you can just explore, climb and run around- and there's nothing breakable! There's a Trail to do, of "people" to find in the... 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.


    Friday, 17th May 2024 - Friday, 17th May 2024

    Photograph of the Hampshire Police Male Voice ChoirThe Hampshire Police Male Voice ChoirA lunchtime open air concert at Bodiam Castle.
    more info


    • 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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