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Notice: April 2014: restricted car parking Please be aware that following flooding earlier in the spring our car park is still not quite up to full capacity. We will endeavour to park cars as quickly and efficiently as possible but during busy periods there may be a short delay whilst we find you a space and we may, in exceptional circumstances, need to ask visitors to return later in the day to park. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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

This fairytale castle is one of Britain's most romantic and picturesque, set in the heart of 1066 country. With spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is the real thing. 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.

Mothers' Day lunch

Treat your mum to a special day out at Bodiam Castle this Mothering Sunday

Sun 30 March 2014 : 12pm - 2pm

£25 adult; £15 child (under 10 years)

Treat your mother to a special day out at Bodiam Castle with a visit to the castle and a delicious 3-course lunch, cooked by our chef Phil.

Ticket includes free entry to the castle for Mum. Normal admission charges apply for other party members.

To book your table for this popular event, call 01580 831320/831324.

Medieval tales

Find out what it was like to work in a medieval kitchen © Andrew Dyer

Find out what it was like to work in a medieval kitchen

Come along and meet Peter, our kitchen servant and Elena, our lady-in-waiting, as they join our other medieval characters during our food and drink month. They'll be weaving their tales about life in a busy castle kitchen and talking of menus that would've been selected for the feasts in the Great Hall.  On throughout the day - drop in for one or more sessions at any time.

Could you be an archer?

Test your skills at archery this Easter at Bodiam Castle © Heath Pye

Test your skills at archery this Easter at Bodiam Castle

5 - 21 April : 11am to 4pm

Archers would have played a key role in defending the castle in medieval times and their bow and arrow skills were very important.  This Easter, come along and test your skills with archery tuition from Heathcliff's Heroics.  Will you be good enough to be one of the castle's archers or will you use your new skill in a life as an outlaw?

Separate charges apply.

Outlaw training

Come along and join our Secret Outlaw Pack this Easter weekend © Laura Rylands

Come along and join our Secret Outlaw Pack this Easter weekend

18 - 21 April 2014 : 11am to 4pm

With tales of daring feats, a notorious band of local outlaws will be setting up their Secret Outlaw camp here at Bodiam over the Easter weekend.  We're looking for brave and bold children to undergo some training in hunting and other outlaw skills to join their band.  If you'd like to join in, come along between 18 - 21 April, pick up a Secret Outlaw Pack at our ticket office and sign up for your training.

£5 per pack, including all training

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Solve the puzzle and claim your chocolate Egghead prize © Cadbury

Solve the puzzle and claim your chocolate Egghead prize

18 - 21 April 2014 : 11am to 4pm

Come along and have a go at our Easter trail this Easter weekend for the chance to win a Cadbury's chocolate Egghead prize.  The trail will take you hither and thither through the castle and grounds as you hunt for clues to solve the puzzle and claim your prize.  For those with energy left to spare, the team from Cadbury's will also be here on 20 and 21 April with lots of fun 'eggsplorer' activities to try.

£2 per trail

Shrovetide at the castle

Medieval characters enjoying a feast at Bodiam Castle

Throughout March, find out what it was like to be in the castle at Shrovetide.  We'll be here with tales of life in this time of fasting, what food and drink was allowed and other Shrovetide customs.  Come along and join our presentations throughout the day to discover more.


Volunteers wanted

Come and join our merry band of volunteers

We've a fantastic band of volunteers here at Bodiam and we're always pleased to welcome new people.  If you'd like to try something new, contact us to arrange a visit or have a chat.

Call 01580 830196 and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen.

Get in touch, stay in touch

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    Visit our facebook page

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

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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.