Things to do at Bodiam Castle review
Bodiam Castle is a beautiful moated castle maintained by the National Trust in Bodiam, East Sussex. The 14th-century castle is set in the heart of a historic landscape. The castle was built between 1385 and 1388 by Sir Edward Dallingridge who came from a family of local landowners.
The castle has spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis. It is one of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. It takes around an hour to explore the castle. With its massive towers and broad moat, children will love exploring and imagining themselves as a bold knight or a genteel princess. There is plenty to spot and explore including murder holes, staircases to climb and great views across the Rother valley.
There are some ducks on the moat which you can feed if you bring some bird-friendly food. You may even spot some of the moats large fish. The National Trust website usually has a family-friendly trail you can print out. There is also an interactive audio adventure available from the reception area. Why not combine your visit with a trip on the Kent and East Sussex railway or a cruise on the River Rother.
The castle is now a ruin but there’s still plenty to explore. There are special events during school holidays with archery lessons and falconry walks (there is a small charge for both). They often have people in medieval costume which are happy to show you different crafts.
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FAQ and Further Information Bodiam Castle
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are able to picnic in the grounds.
What are the main things to do?
Largely ruined picturesque moated castle with spiral staircases, battlements and more. Family-friendly activities during school holidays. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust. Or mid-range at £10 for a standard adult ticket, £5 for children, under 5s are free. Family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a car park with free parking for National Trust members. There is a small charge to park for non members.
When are they open?
Bodiam Castle is open almost all year round except for the 24th and 25th of December. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome on short leads in almost all outdoor areas. Assistance dogs are permitted throughout.
Are they accessible?
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