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


Step into Medieval history at Bodiam Castle.

Set in the heart of a historic landscape, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments.

Discover windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that served as a lookout, and ruins that were once walked upon by knights. Once inside the castle's ruined walls, there's lots to see and do. You could climb the steep spiral staircases to the top of the towers, take a seat on the dais and observe the great hall or look up at the remains of the iron-clad oak portcullis, thought to be one of the oldest in England.

Make sure to stop by the Wharf tea-room or Castle View Café, serving 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, plus 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 list of events or more information, please visit

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

All images ©National Trust Images

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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Joy B
      A revived monument worth visiting, but quite awkward to access if mobility impaired.
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 30th May 2024
      The castle is quite a walk from the carpark, about a mile, but if you can take your time it is mainly flat and the views are charming, with lots of bird life on the various lakes and ponds. The three... Read full review
    • Di B
      Market Rasen, United Kingdom
      Interesting history of the Castle..
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 30th May 2024
      Great place to visit especially on a Sunday like it was for us, Lovely view from the top of the Tower. Hundreds of fish in the moat. Well worth a visit… Read full review
    • Paul T
      Waterlooville, United Kingdom
      Star Attraction In Robertsbridge
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 15th June 2024
      This is one of the best castles we have seen anywhere, it is also one of the only castles to have a moat. Its also a Photographer's dream on a very sunny day the shadows of the castle were amazing... Read full review

    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

    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.


    Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Monday, 2nd September 2024

    two young children with hobby horse and archery bow at Bodiam Castle.Medieval FairPlay with a host of medieval inspired games and activities at Bodiam Castle.
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    Friday, 2nd August 2024 - Friday, 2nd August 2024

    medieval style actors in the grounds of a castle.Outdoor Theatre: Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast, in the atmospheric courtyard of Bodiam Castle.
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    Sunday, 18th August 2024 - Monday, 26th August 2024

    Knight School. Image by Jennifer Coe National TrustKnight SchoolA fun-filled day for all the family as you learn what it takes to be a real knight!
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