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