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Notice: Advance Notice: From Mon 21 Sept the road to Bodiam from Sandhurst village will be closed for approximately 3 weeks. The alternative routes will be via Hawkhurst or via Northiam and Staplecross. Please allow extra time for your journey.

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

Panasonic roadshow

Sat 5 & Sun 6 September 2015

Capture your visit to Bodiam on one of the latest Panasonic Lumix cameras.  Experts will be here this weekend to loan you a camera, give you advice and allow you to take an SD card home with your pictures.  There'll also be the opportunity to get discount on some Panasonic products.  A credit card will be required to secure the loan of a camera.

Come along and get snapping.

Medieval Mondays

Learn more about medieval life at a Medieval Monday talk

Learn more about medieval life at a Medieval Monday talk

Medieval Mondays talk & lunch : Mondays 7, 14,21 & 28 September - 12 noon

Join one of our experts for a Medieval Monday talk and delicious one pot lunch to discover more about some aspects of medieval life.  Booking is essential for this event by calling 01580 831324.

Monday 7 September : Medieval beekeeping

Monday 14 September : All things herbal

Monday 21 September : Medieval cookery

Monday 28 September : Bodiam banquet

£15 per person includes castle admission

Hallowe'en and Christmas events

Hallowe'en half-term fun

Have fun on a pilgrim trail this Hallowe'en © Helen Anson

Hallowe'en trail : Sat 24 Oct - Sun 1 Nov   11am to 3pm

Children of all ages can have fun following our Hallowe'en pilgrim trail this October half-term.  The trail will take you on a journey as you try and avoid the perils of purgatory to claim your prize.  Wrap up warmly as this can be a chilling time in the castle.

£2.50 per trail

Ghostly tales

The Red Lady is on the prowl at Bodiam this Hallowe'en © Oliver McNeill

All Hallows' Eve Ghost Tales : Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct - 6pm & 8pm

An evening of ghostly happenings for those aged 16+.  Join us for a warming one pot supper before heading up to the castle to meet some of Bodiam's oldest residents to listen to their chilling tales.  Booking essential on 01580 831324.

£22.50 per person

Crone's Corner

Think twice before you accept anything cooked up by our Crones © Ginny Slade

Sat 31 Oct & Sun 1 Nov - 11am to 3pm

Don't forget to seek out our crones in their castle hideout this weekend.  They will be waiting to enthrall you with their tales of magic and mayhem and show you some of their mystical potions and lotions.  But beware as their cooking is unconventional.  Free event.

Normal castle admission charges apply.

Treat yourself this Christmas

Enjoy a delicious festive lunch at Bodiam Castle this December © Eddie Hyde

Christmas Lunch 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 Dec

Treat the family to a a delicious 3-course, waitress served Christmas lunch in our festively decorated Terrace Room.  Our traditional menu offers a choice of starters, main and dessert courses.  Booking is essential.  Call 01580 831324.

£22.50 per adult;  £12.50 per child (under 13 yrs) 

Father Christmas in the castle

Find your way to Father Christmas © David Levenson

Christmas in the Castle : 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 & 22 December : 10.30am to 3.30pm

Enjoy a visit to Father Christmas in the castle and discover all about medieval Christmas traditions and celebrations. Booking is essential for this popular event.  Call 01580 831324.

£8.50 per child (18 mnths-15 yrs) £4 per child (under 18 mnths)  £10.60 per adult (non-member)  £2 per adult (NT member)

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