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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

Harvest time

Our medieval characters have some interesting facts about life in 1385 © Amanda Barden

Our medieval characters have some interesting facts about life in 1385

Our medieval characters are gearing up for the great celebration of Michaelmas at the end of September and they'll be on hand to tell you all about the harvest in medieval England throughout the month.  Join them at one of their hourly talks to find out how the whole family was involved at this busy time of year.

Great British walks

Join one of our guided walks this month © National Trust

Join one of our guided walks this month

Tues & Fri at 2pm : 1.5-2hrs

Weds at 12noon & 2pm : 30-45mins

Join one of our friendly guides to 'Walk and Talk' your way around the castle grounds or the wider Bodiam estate.  We take the walks at a pace to suit the group and there's plenty of stops to admire the views of the castle and surrounding countryside.  Look out for information on additional walks that will be taking place this month, too.  No walks on 9 September.

Mop fair

Find out about medieval jobs in the castle this weekend © Helen Anson

Find out about medieval jobs in the castle this weekend

Sat 27 & Sun 28 September 2014 : 11am to 4pm

Willing hands wanted to work in a medieval castle. Take a look at the jobs on offer at our medieval job fair and see if you would make the grade to become a castle servant, labourer or gong farmer.  Sir Edward Dallingridge wants only the best employees.

Uncover the castle's deadly secrets

It's 1387 and someone wants Sir Edward Dallingridge dead.  Help his daughter, Kate, discover who before it's too late. Our new interactive audio investigation is an exciting way to explore the castle and help solve a mystery.  Suitable for families, individuals or groups of friends.  Find out more at castle cottage.

Enjoy our outdoor challenge

There's still time to complete your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 challenges before the weather closes in.  Autumn is a great time for bug hunting and hiding in a really big tree. Pick up your adventure scrapbook and have a go at some of the 50 Things activities this autumn, and get back to nature.

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.

Monsters in the castle

Brave children needed for dragon quest this Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en trails : Sat 25 Oct to Sun 2 Nov 2014 : 11am-3pm

We've a monstrous time lined up for Hallowe'en this year with dragon quests, storytelling and crafts.  If you're a brave 5-12yr old, come along and have a go at our trail and conquer the dragon.  Separate charges apply.

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