Facilities & access


  • Free parking for NT members. Non-members:£3 for cars, £1 for motorcycles
  • Wharf tea-room serves home-cooked, seasonal, local food and drinks
  • Terrace Room, attached to the tea-room, is available for functions and events
  • Castle gift shop sells gifts, cards, books, plants and local produce including Bodiam wine and honey
  • Refreshment kiosk opposite the castle entrance is open during the summer and has open-air seating
  • Toilets are situated next to the tea-room in the main car park. There are no toilet facilities near to the castle
  • Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Dog tethering point and dog bowl outside ticket office opposite castle entrance. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas
  • Picnic benches are available outside the tea-room and next to the refreshment kiosk
  • Story of Bodiam exhibition area in ticket office
  • ‘The history of Bodiam’ film showing in the north-east tower

Family & children

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the toilets at the main car park. There are no facilities near to the castle
  • Children’s guide is available from the ticket office and the castle gift shop
  • Children’s sandpit next to the refreshment kiosk near the castle (weather permitting)
  • Find the wooden sculpture of Sir Edward Dallingridge in the grounds
  • The Wharf tea-room offers a children’s menu, high chairs, and a baby bottle and food-warming facility
  • Pocket money priced toys and games on sale in the castle gift shop
  • Family-focussed events throughout the year
  • Towers and ramparts to climb and explore and numerous masons’ marks to discover
  • See the ducks and fish in the moat
  • Various children’s trails and 50 things activities


  • Four designated mobility parking spaces in the main car park next to the tea-room and gift shop
  • Two designated mobility parking spaces next to the ticket office with easy access to the castle - ask in the car park for directions
  • A volunteer-driven mobility ‘buggy’ service can be requested in peak season from the main car park to the ticket office
  • Gravel paths throughout the site with some slopes and undulating terrain. Paths can be muddy in wet weather
  • Steps into some rooms in the castle
  • Steep spiral staircases up to the towers and ramparts
  • Pictorial booklet of views from the castle towers and castle history is available for non-stair climbers from the ticket office and castle gate
  • Ramped access to ‘The history of Bodiam’ film room
  • Accessible toilet in the main car park next to the tea-room
  • Two manual wheelchairs available to borrow from the tea-room and ticket office respectively (to pre-book call 01580 830196, option 0)
  • Tea-room, shop and castle courtyard – level access
  • Braille guide available
  • Induction loop in ticket office
Our staff are on hand to help visitors get the most out of their visit © Karen Hammond

Our staff are on hand to help visitors get the most out of their visit

Plan your visit

We'd love you to visit and our staff are always on hand to help you get the most out of your time here at the castle.  If you have any queries about access, please don't hesitate to call 01580 830196 to speak to a member of our team.

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful castle soon.