For families

Father Christmas at Bodiam Castle © National Trust

Father Christmas at Bodiam Castle

Enjoy some festive fun at the castle

Christmas in the Castle

Enjoy some festive fun in the castle this December with a visit to Father Christmas, a family Christmas trail and craft activities.  We'll be decorating the castle with traditional greenery and putting the lights on the Christmas tree.  Come along and find out about a medieval Christmas and taste our wassail cup.

Blow away the Christmas cobwebs

Bodiam Castle is open on Boxing Day this year

Bodiam Castle is open on Boxing Day this year

New Boxing Day opening

Did you know that Bodiam Castle is now open 363 days a year?  So this year we'll be open on Boxing Day when you can bring the whole family to have a run around in the grounds and visit the castle.  We can't guarantee a snowy visit but the castle looks great in all weathers and it's a great place to try out that new camera that you got for Christmas. Our shop and tea room are also open so you can pop in and see what's on offer before heading home.

Challenge the family

Our echo horns can unlock the secrets in the Knights Peril adventure

A Knight's Peril - interactive audio adventure

Our Knight's Peril adventure is the perfect antidote to the hours spent in front of the television on Christmas Day.  It's suitable for children aged 7+ and the whole family can join in as you explore the castle and discover the plot to murder Sir Edward Dallingridge, the castle's founder.  There is no charge for this adventure, we just operate a simple deposit system.  The echo horn will guide you on your way, but will you guess whodunnit?

Bodiam adventure map

Explore your way to the castle through a land of imagination and discover the best-kept secrets of Bodiam by following our adventure map. If you survive your journey and enter the castle, reward yourself with a climb to the top of one of the towers to enjoy some stunning views across the River Rother valley.

Family friendly tea room

Our Wharf Tea-room offers a children's menu, high chairs and baby food and bottle warming facility. We also cater for restricted diets so treat the whole family to a delicious meal together.

Why not?

  • Enjoy feeding our ducks with duck food from the shop or ticket office?
  • Count up the masons' marks in the castle?
  • Stand on the bridge and see if you can spot any fish in the moat?
  • Enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate in our tea room?
  • Enjoy talking with our medieval characters about Christmas traditions?
  • Find out what it was like to be in the castle in medieval times?
  • Consider treating your family to membership so that you can visit as often as you like?