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

Medieval merriments

Capture your lord or lady's heart with a spot of dancing this May © Helen Anson

Capture your lord or lady's heart with a spot of dancing this May

Sat 2 - Mon 4 May 2015 :  11am to 4pm

Have you ever wondered what people did for entertainment before the invention of TV and iPods?  Join our medieval characters and the Bodiam household for a weekend of May merriment with games, music and dancing.

May Games & Toy-making workshop

Try your hand at skittles medieval style at Bodiam Castle © Andrew Dyer

Try your hand at skittles medieval style at Bodiam Castle

Sat 23 - Mon 31 May 2015 : 11am to 4pm 

Rediscover your youth with some medieval toys and games this half-term holiday.  Visitors can enjoy a game of Fox & Geese or Nine Men's Morris as we celebrate the arrival of spring with some fun activities.

Tues 26 - Mon 31 May 2015 : 11.15am, 1.45 & 3.30pm

Join one of Happening History's toy-making workshops and make your own medieval style toy to take home.  £5 per workshop, bookable in advance or on the day.  Call 01580 831324 for advance bookings.

Sir Edward's Fair

Sir Edward Dallingridge was an MP for Sussex in the late 1300s © Helene Marler

Sir Edward Dallingridge was an MP for Sussex in the late 1300s

Mon 25 May 2015

It's St. Augustine's Day and Sir Edward Dallingridge will be holding his annual fair to celebrate.  We've a fun day planned with the chance to try on armour, enjoy some games and activities and explore local craft stalls. Additional charges may apply for some activities.

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

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    Join in the conversation

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

Dragons in June

See how many dragons you can find at our Midsummer Dragon Festival

Midsummer Dragon Festival : Fri 19 June 6pm to 9pm

There'll be plenty of dragons out this evening to start our weekend of midsummer celebrations.  Join dragon experts, Alchemy, and their fiery charges for an evening of activities and story-telling around a bonfire. There's the chance to dress up as a knight or princess, make a dragon mask and take part in our dragon parade.  Tickets will be available at the ticket office from 5.30pm on the day.

Adult, £10: Child, £8 (age 2-15): Family ticket from £30