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.

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.


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Guide Prices

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



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      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th September 2022
      Very lovely moated castle in a great location. Loved the views from the Postern tower with 56 very high and narrow steps. If you're lucky like I was, you may spot the steam train. The well is... Read full review
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    • swift-simba
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      Amazing castle
      5 of 5 stars
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    Map & Directions



    • 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

    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 - pre-booking for groups essential.
    • 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 for group visits essential.

    Opening Times

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


    • Wanderlust Chloe Sept 2020


    Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Monday, 31st October 2022

    Tuesday, 1st November 2022 - Sunday, 6th November 2022

    Dragon Hunt at Bodiam CastleLet your imagination fly on this family-friendly trail around the grounds of Bodiam Castle.
    more info

    Saturday, 3rd December 2022 - Saturday, 3rd December 2022

    Sunday, 4th December 2022 - Sunday, 4th December 2022

    Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

    Saturday, 17th December 2022 - Saturday, 17th December 2022

    Sunday, 18th December 2022 - Sunday, 18th December 2022

    backs of father christmas and woman in red cloak waving out of castle archway.Christmas charactersSpot magical Christmas characters at Bodiam Castle.
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    Saturday, 3rd December 2022 - Friday, 23rd December 2022

    Monday, 26th December 2022 - Monday, 2nd January 2023

    old castle wall with red santa sleigh and christmas treeSit in Father Christmas's sleigh for a selfieMake selfie sleigh memories this Christmas 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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