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Notice: Week beginning Mon 26 January 2015, last entry to the castle will be at 4.00pm with the castle closing at 4.30pm.

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

Shrovetide fun

Just a little more ale and this potage will be ready soon © Laura Blackwell

Just a little more ale and this potage will be ready soon

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Feb 2015   11am to 4pm 

It's Shrovetide and the castle is waking up after the winter.  To celebrate before the fasting of Lent begins, have a go at our trail to help the cooks prepare the feast for the great hall, who'll reward you with a tasty treat for your hard work.  For the bold, there's the chance to join in a game of mob football with the servants (despite it being banned by the king).

£2 per trail

Half-term archery

Join my band of outlaws and learn some archery skills at Bodiam Castle © Laura Blackwell

Join my band of outlaws and learn some archery skills at Bodiam Castle

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Feb 2015   11am to 4pm

Join Heathcliff Heroics this half-term for some archery lessons.  Weather permitting they''l be here everyday to help you find out what it is like to fire an arrow or brush up on your skills if you've been before.

£3 (5 arrows), £4 (10 arrows), £5 (15 arrows), £10 (30 arrows), £15 (40 arrows to share between 4 people)

Winter walks

Roast and roam Sundays are a great way to kick start your New Year

Roast & Roam Sundays - 1, 8, 15 & 22 Feb 2015   11am start

Join one of our costumed guides for a brisk walk around the castle and its grounds before enjoying a hearty 2-course Sunday roast lunch in our Terrace Room beside the river.  A great way to blow away the winter cobwebs. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 14. Places are limited so booking is essential for this popular event.  Call 01580 831324.

£25 per person 


Mothers' Day Lunch

Treat your Mum to a special day out and lunch at Bodiam Castle

Treat your Mum to a day out at Bodiam this Mothering Sunday with free entry to the castle and a delicious 2-course lunch in our Terrace Room.  The special Mothers' Day menu will include a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian main courses and delicous desserts, all specially prepared by our chef, Phil.  Places are limited so booking is essential for this family event.  Call 01580 831324.

£25 per adult, £15 per child (up to 10 years)  

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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.