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Notice: Weds 20 Aug 2014: The B2244 road from Hawkhurst is currently closed for re-surfacing work. There are road closed signs on all approach roads from the west (from A21) but there is a cross over point if using the minor road towards Bodiam from the A21 south of Hurst Green. The alternative routes are via Sandhurst or Cripps Corner and Staplecross. Both of these routes are width restricted, so please leave plenty of 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

All things herbal

Our stonemason takes a sniff of a fragrant nosegay to clear his head © Helene Marler

Our stonemason takes a sniff of a fragrant nosegay to clear his head

Throughout July, we'll be exploring all things herbal, so come along and have a go at making teas, herbal shampoo or a nosegay - a must have for any respectable medieval Lord or Lady to ward off the offensive smell of the peasants as well as any 'bad plague-carrying air'.

To complete your herbal experience, why not drop in at our tea room and sample some medieval herbal teas with a delicious piece of cake?

 

Knight & princess academy

Come and train to be a princess at our Knight and Princess Academy © Laura Blackwell

Come and train to be a princess at our Knight and Princess Academy

Every Weds & Thurs from 30 Jul to 28 Aug : Sessions from 11am-3.30pm

Calling all aspiring knights and princesses.  Will you make the grade at our training academy and learn how to be a bold knight or a gentile princess? Our 45mins training sessions include dressing up in costume and other activities before a formal graduation ceremony and special momento to take away with you.  Booking is essential for this popular event - call 01580 831320/831324

  • £5 per knight or princess

Grand medieval weekend

See jousting knights and birds of prey at Grand Medieval Weekend at Bodiam © Helene Marler

See jousting knights and birds of prey at Grand Medieval Weekend at Bodiam

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug 2014 - 10.30am to 5pm

Join Sir Edward and Lady Dallingridge at a grand jousting tournament in the grounds of Bodiam Castle with the knights of Destrier and the Medieval Siege Society.  We'll also have a re-enactment camp, birds of prey displays and a full-sized trebuchet firing at the castle.

Tickets booked in advance can be used over the whole weekend.  Contact our Box Office on 0844 249 1895

Building Bodiam

See Ash the Armourer at work in his forge tent at Grand Medieval Weekend © Linda Hauff

See Ash the Armourer at work in his forge tent at Grand Medieval Weekend

Visit us throughout August for the chance to see at first hand how our incredible building was constructed.  Medieval craftsmen and women will be working away chiseling stone, forging nails and armour, making tiles for the chapel or fabrics for the castle's furnishings.  The demonstrations will change from week to week so visit again to learn something new.

Or try your hand at archery with Heathcliff's Heroics and see if you could impress Sir Edward to hire you as an archer to defend his newly built castle.

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

Pick up your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 adventure scrapbook and a bug hunting pack and search out those bugs in Bugdiham Castle, or try rolling down a really big hill in the castle grounds.  Come and have a go at some of the 50 Things fun activities this summer, and get back to nature.

Picnic hot spot

Bodiam Castle is a great place for a picnic with family or friends

With the magnificent backdrop of the castle and the sun shining on the moat, we're the perfect spot for a family get together in the castle grounds.  So pack up your rug, sandwiches and a Thermos flask and come and enjoy the view.  Extra takeaway hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and ice creams are available from our tearoom or seasonal kiosk near the castle entrance.

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.

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