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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

Bodiam Castle has reopened, and you will need to book ahead before visiting. Find out more here.

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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.

Some of the best views in the county can be seen from the top of the towers and we are open all year round for you to enjoy the castle in all seasons.

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.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gift aid adult *£11.40 per ticket
Gift aid child *£5.70 per ticket
Gift aid family *£28.50 per ticket
Standard adult£10.30 per ticket
Standard child£5.15 per ticket
Standard family£25.75 per ticket

National Trust members enter free with a membership card. Become a member for £6 a month (adult) or £10.50 a month (family). Under 5s are always free, and children's memberships are just £10 a year.
*Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% which will be put towards the restoration and upkeep of this property. If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid declaration which will allow the National Trust to claim an extra 25% from the Government on your total payment.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    1050
  • Very Good
    704
  • Average
    158
  • Poor
    50
  • Terrible
    29

Recent Reviews:

  • Peter T
    Early Closing
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd September 2020
    Sadly, the Castle entry closed at 4.00 pm when at least two hours of daylight was left! However, the Carp in the Moat did not disappoint! Read full review
  • Bigbill50
    Bognor Regis, England, United Kingdom
    Fabulous Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 27th September 2020
    Booked on line, friendly greeting on arrival with good covid precautions in place. NT Shop luckily sold gloves as it was a freezing day . A glimpse of life in a wonderful castle , well laid out and... Read full review
  • Andrew081
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    Surprisingly busy considering the castle was closed.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th September 2020
    Considering Bodiam Castle was closed I was surprised to see how busy the place was. You must book a time slot in advance, but when we arrived there was only a small queue to check booking details... Read full review

Map & Directions

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

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

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 - £3. 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

Spring to autumn opening hours* (15 Feb 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00

* Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
*Car park opens at 9.45am; shop, tea room and grounds at 10am, and castle at 10.30am.
Closed 24/25 Dec.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

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