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Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour

Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.

In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life and gruesome and surprising tales can often be heard from our miller's wife, forester and other colourful characters from the past. Plus we have lots of seasonal events throughout the year.

Please note: Entry to the grounds is included in our admission prices. Tickets must be purchased to enter the castle and/or the grounds. See our current admission prices here

Cadbury Easter egg trails

Complete our Easter trail and claim your Cadbury's Egghead prize © John Millar

Complete our Easter trail and claim your Cadbury's Egghead prize

Sat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015 : 11am to 4.00pm

Our outlaw-themed Cadbury Easter egg trail will have you hunting her and there for clues around the castle and grounds.  Complete the trail and claim your Cadbury's chocolate Egghead prize.

£2.50 per trail

Outlaw academy

Learn how to live as an outlaw at our Outlaw Academy this Easter © Laura Blackwell

Learn how to live as an outlaw at our Outlaw Academy this Easter

Tues 7 - Fri 10 Apr 2015 : 11.45am to 3.45pm

Wanted: brave and bold young men and women to join our Outlaw Academy.  Come and discover how to live off the land and survive on the run from medieval justice.  Suitable for children aged 5+.  Booking essential, call 01580 831324.

£6.50 per trainee

Archery lessons

Have a go at archery at Bodiam Castle © Bodiam Castle, National Trust

Have a go at archery at Bodiam Castle

Sat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015 : 11am to 4.00pm 

Join Heathcliff Heroics for an archery lesson this Easter holiday.  Perfect for budding outlaws to learn how to fire their first arrow or brush up on their skills.  Suitable for would-be archers aged 5+.

Prices start from £3 for 5 arrows

Castle View Coffee Shop

Enjoy a coffee and biscuit at our Castle Coffee Shop

Open daily from Sat 28 March : 10.30am to 4.00pm

Come and enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit at our new Castle View Coffee Shop up by the castle.  We'll also have crisps, ice creams and cold drinks on sale for warmer days.  

There'll be a selected range from our shop on sale too so your aspiring knight can enjoy battling his or her way back to the car. Come and see what we've done.

Get in touch, stay in touch

  • Follow us on Facebook for some fabulous insider photos © National Trust/Facebook

    Visit our facebook page

    If you've enjoyed your visit to Bodiam, post your photos on facebook and take a look at ours.

  • Twitter along with our bats at Bodiam Castle © National Trust/Facebook

    Join in the conversation

    Bodiam's bats are always twittering and you can join in on Twitter and send us your tweets.

Toy making workshops

Come along and make your own medieval toy at Bodiam Castle

Tues 26 to Sun 31 May : 11am to 3.30pm

To end our month of May merriment, we'll have the team from Happening History here with their toy making workshops for the over 5s.  Come along and have a go at making your own medieval toy to take home with you.  Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 01580 831324.

£6.50 per child