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Notice: Weds 29 July : Knight & Princess Academy. Sessions at 12.30 & 2.00pm are now fully booked. Please call 01580 831320 today if you would like to book for 11.30am or 3.00pm sessions.

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

Throughout July our theme is 'All Things Herbal'.  Join our medieval characters at one of their hourly presentations to find out more about the use of plants and herbs in medieval England.  Discover how to keep yourself and a castle clean, find out about 'physick' and learn about medieval gardening.

Presentations take place on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm in the Great Hall. Listen out for the bell, grab a seat and be transported back in time.

Knight & princess academy

Join our Knight and Princess Academy this summer

Join our Knight and Princess Academy this summer

Every Weds & Thurs : 29 July to 27 Aug 2015

Our popular Knight & Princess Academy will be opening its doors again this summer.  Bring your budding knight or aspiring princess to complete the training and gain their certificate and prize.

We've four sessions per day at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm and places can be booked in advance by calling 01580 831324. Normal admission charges apply.

£6.50 per child.

Looking forward to summer

See Ash the Armourer at work in his forge tent this summer

Building Bodiam   25 July - 2 Sept 2015

Visit Bodiam Castle this summer and you can walk around our medieval tented village.  Here you'll be able to see all the craftsmen and women busy at work creating things for the castle just as they would have back in 1385.

See Ash the Armourer and Jim the Potter busy at work plus many other trades and crafts throughout the holidays.

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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 and enjoy the view.   For hot summer days, we have a good stock of ice creams and cold drinks on sale.

Come and take a look.