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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

Games, a Fair and Toy-making workshops

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.

Mon 25 May : 11am to 4pm

Join Sir Edward at his Annual Fair.  We've a fun day planned with the chance to try on some armour, enjoy some games and activities and explore local craft stalls.  Additional charges may apply for some 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.

Midsummer dragon festival

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

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

Fri 18 June 2015 - 6 to 9pm

Join us for a midsummer evening of dragons.  We'll have dragon experts, Alchemy, here with their fiery charges and stories round the bonfire.  Dress up as a knight in armour or a genteel princess, make a dragon mask and join our dragon parade.

Tickets on sale from 5.30pm on the day.

Adults, £10; Children (2-15yrs), £8; Family tickets from £30

Fathers' Day BBQ

Bring Dad to our Fathers' Day BBQ at Bodiam Castle © National Trust Images/John Millar

Bring Dad to our Fathers' Day BBQ at Bodiam Castle

Sunday 21 June : 12 noon to 2pm

Bring your Dad to our Fathers' Day BBQ and make him feel like the 'King of the Castle'.

Freshly cooked jumbo sausages, steakburger and pork from a local butcher are just the start to this great day out for Dad.  He'll then get the chance to don some armour and you can capture your very own 'Knight in shining armour' on his special day.

Jumbo sausage & steakburger:  £4.50

Pork in a bun £5.50


Bite-sized volunteering

Costumed volunteers enjoy a get together in the sun at Bodiam Castle

1-7 June 2015 : 11am to 3pm

Come and celebrate National Volunteering Week with a bite-sized taster of volunteering at Bodiam Castle. This week you can sign up on the day or in advance for a 30 mins session in one of our roles.

Roles available include helping in the shop, tea room and visitor reception, buggy driving, raffle ticket selling and guided walk leaders.

Phone 01580 831327 or e-mail Karen Hammond for more information or to book your place.

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Castle View Coffee Shop

Enjoy a coffee and biscuit at our Castle Coffee Shop

Open daily from 11.00am to 3.00pm

We're delighted that we can now offer visitors a great 'brew with a view' at our new Castle View Coffee Shop up by the castle.  Pick up a freshly brewed coffee or tea and a sandwich or biscuit and sit out in the sun and enjoy the view.   We also have crisps, ice creams and cold drinks on sale for warmer days.

We'll be introducing a selected range from our shop soon so your aspiring knight can battle his or her way back down to the car park. Come and see what we've done.