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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

Hallowe'en half-term fun

Have fun this Hallowe'en at Bodiam Castle

Have fun this Hallowe'en at Bodiam Castle

Join us this October half-term for some fun around our creepy castle.  

Pilgrims' trail, Sat 26 Oct - Sun 1 Nov :  11am to 3pm

Lots of fun for all the family as you seek out the clues on our Pilgrims' Trail and try to avoid the perils of purgatory.  £2.50 per trail.

All Hallows' Eve ghost tales, Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct : 6pm & 8pm

Our ghost tales evening starts with a warming one pot meal in our Terrace Room before you head off to the castle to meet some of our oldest residents and hear their chilling tales. £22.50 per person.  Booking essential by calling 01580 831 324.

Crones' Corner, Sat 31 Oct & Sun 1 Nov : 11am to 3pm

Bring the family to listen to tales of magic and mayhem from our crones.  They'll also have some amazing concoctions and treats but beware their cooking methods are a little unconventional.

Refreshment update

We're making some changes to our tea room at Bodiam Castle

2 Nov - 4 Dec inclusive

We'll be make some improvements to our Wharf tea room in November and so we're changing our catering during this time.

Castle View Coffee Shop - open Mon to Fri : 10.30am to 4.00pm.  From our coffee shop in Castle Cottage, we'll be offering a light menu of  soup, sandwiches, biscuits and hot & cold drinks.

Terrace room - open Sat & Sun : 10.30am to 5.00pm.  During the weekends, we'll be serving a restricted menu from our Terrace Room next to the river.  Come in and grab a light bite, we'd love to see you.

We'll be fully open again on Sat 5 December just in time for our Christmas lunches and the festive season. 

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Christmas in the castle

Father Christmas is expected at Bodiam Castle in early December

Father Christmas is expected at Bodiam Castle in early December

Father Christmas at the castle, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 & 22 December : 11am to 4pm

Join our medieval characters to discover some of the traditions of a medieval Christmas before visiting Father Christmas in his castle grotto. Booking essential, call 01580 831324. £4 child under 18 mths; £8.50 child 18 mths to 15; £2 NT adult; £10.60 non-NT adult

Christmas lunches, 5, 6 12, 13, 19 & 20 December

Enjoy a delicious 3-course, waitress served Christmas lunch in our festively decorated Terrace Room.  Booking essential, call 01580 831324.  £22.50 adult; £12.50 child under 13