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

About

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.

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

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 tickets and booking information. National Trust members enter free with a membership card.

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Recent Reviews:

  • MandalUK
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely castle, so worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th June 2022
    Fabulous castle & grounds..well worth a visit. History is told really well by video & it has good facilities. Kids would love it too. Read full review
  • latashtash
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice Castle
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th June 2022
    The castle is nice visually and is surrounded by water. The grounds itself is small, however it’s nice for a morning or afternoon visit rather then all day. Read full review
  • I4996RBjoannap
    Brough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Brilliant Moat and Classic Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd June 2022
    A surprising NT castle as it is more like an English Heritage site. The castle and most are well worth a walk around, however go early as it seems to be very popular at weekends. I would recommend... Read full review

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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.

Catering

  • 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

Establishment Features

  • Toilets - Main toilets & disabled toilet and baby care facility in visitor car park. Portaloos at the top of the site.

Parking & Transport

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

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Diners Club accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Educational and adult group tours and activities available. Pre-booking required.

Opening Times

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

Video

  • Wanderlust Chloe Sept 2020

Events

Saturday, 25th June 2022 - Sunday, 26th June 2022

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small cutout castle design placed in front of turreted castle and moatCraft Workshop at Bodiam CastleDecorate a crown or shield at Bodiam Castle.
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Saturday, 9th July 2022 - Saturday, 9th July 2022

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Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 - Tuesday, 23rd August 2022

Saturday, 3rd September 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

Sunday, 4th September 2022 - Sunday, 4th September 2022

Turreted castle on large moat with reflectionRanger talk: Wildlife at Bodiam CastleFind out about nature and wildlife at Bodiam Castle.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Wednesday, 31st August 2022

bunting and white tent in fieldMedieval fair at Bodiam CastleJoin in with medieval games and activities this summer holiday.
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Wednesday, 10th August 2022 - Wednesday, 10th August 2022

poster with sketch of dragon against yellow background. red text reads 'the reluctant dragon'.Quantum Theatre presents: The Reluctant Dragon  at Bodiam CastleQuantum Theatre's enchanting adaptation of The Reluctant Dragon, performed inside Bodiam Castle.
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Awards

  • 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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