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Notice: Weds 17 - Sun 21 December 2014 Last entry to the castle: 3.20pm. Castle closes at 3.50pm. Week commencing Monday 22 December 2014 Weather permitting, last entry to the castle this week will be at 3.20pm. The castle will close at 3.50pm. This is a change to the published opening times due to the low light levels at this time of the year in the late afternoon. Our car park gates will close at 5.30pm.

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

Christmas at the Castle

Father Christmas is expected at Bodiam Castle in early December © Roger Bloxham

Father Christmas is expected at Bodiam Castle in early December

Sat 20, Sun 21 & Mon 22 December 2014

Father Christmas will be visiting the castle during December and will be pleased to meet with good boys and girls. Join our medieval characters to find out about Christmas traditions old and new and enjoy a wassail cup and mince pie before you visit Father Christmas' grotto.  We still have a few spaces available for these dates and these can be booked on the day at the castle.  For any further information call 01580 831324.

£4 child (under 18months), £8 child (18months-15years),  £2 adult (NT member), £9.95 adult (non member)

Christmas lunches at the Wharf Tea Room

Book at traditional Christmas lunch at Bodiam Castle © Eddie Hyde

Book at traditional Christmas lunch at Bodiam Castle

Sat 20, Sun 21, Mon 22 & Tues 23 December 2014

Treat yourself to a delicious, traditional 3 course Christmas lunch in our festively decorated Terrace Room and enjoy a reserved table and waitress service.  There's a choice of starters, mains and desserts including vegetarian options.  We still have a few places available for these dates. To enquire about booking, please call 01580 831324.

£22.50 per adult, £12.50 per child (under 13 years)

Christmas pudding 'clout'

The archers getting ready for the yearly Christmas pudding shoot at Bodiam © National Trust/Alex Paton

The archers getting ready for the yearly Christmas pudding shoot at Bodiam

Sun 4 January 2015 : 10am to 2pm

Local archers will be competing in this year's Christmas Pudding Shoot in Doakes Meadow, behind the castle.  Visitors can come and watch this annual competition and find out more about archery from the competitors.  Make sure you wear your warm coat and sturdy shoes as this event is outdoors in our events field.

Gift Shop sale

The Gift Shop sale is now on, so hurry along for a bargain

From Thurs 18 December 2014

For any last minute Christmas shoppers, our Castle Gift Shop sale is now on and will continue after Christmas.  There's an excellent range of offers and seasonal reductions to choose from, so hurry along and pick up a bargain.  If you're stuck for a gift idea for Grandma, uncle Bob or your niece, then speak to one of our sales team.  They have a wealth of experience and they'd be happy to help you with suggestions for that special present.

Our shop is open daily from 10.00am to dusk and conveniently situated next door to our Wharf Tea Room so you can have that well earned cup of tea or coffee after you've finished your shopping.

New Year walks

Roast and roam Sundays are a great way to kick start your New Year

Roast & Roam Sundays 25 Jan, 1, 8, 15 & 22 February 2015

Join one of our costumed guides on a brisk walk around the castle and its grounds before enjoying a hearty 2-course Sunday roast lunch in our Wharf Tea Room.  A great way to blow away the cobwebs.

Booking essential - call 01580 831324

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.

Get in touch, stay in touch

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