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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
Midsummer dragon festival
Fri 19 June 2015 - 6 to 9pm
Join us for a midsummer evening of dragons. We'll have dragon experts, Alchemy, here with their fiery charges and stories round the bonfire. Dress up as a knight in armour or a genteel princess, make a dragon mask and join our dragon parade.
Tickets on sale from 5.30pm on the day.
Adults, £10; Children (2-15yrs), £8; Family tickets from £30
Fathers' Day BBQ
Sunday 21 June : 12 noon to 2pm
Bring your Dad to our Fathers' Day BBQ and make him feel like the 'King of the Castle'.
Freshly cooked jumbo sausages, steakburger and pork from a local butcher are just the start to this great day out for Dad. He'll then get the chance to don some armour and you can capture your very own 'Knight in shining armour' on his special day.
Jumbo sausage & steakburger: £4.50
Pork in a bun £5.50
All things herbal
Sat 4 & Sun 5 July : 11am to 4pm
Come and explore some of the plants and herbs that were used in day to day medieval life. We'll have lots of hands on activities and demonstrations. Try your hand at making a smudge stick or nosegay - so good for warding off the smells of the peasants and the possibility of catching the plague.
Don't forget to visit our Wharf Tea Room where you can sample some herbal teas and delicious cakes.
Knight & princess academy
Every Weds & Thurs from 29 Jul to 27 Aug 2015
Bring your budding knight or aspiring princess to our Academy this summer. We'll put them through their paces with dressing up and other activities to train them for their roles.
This popular event is bookable in advance by calling 01580 831320. Normal admission prices apply.
£6.50 per child.
Get in touch, stay in touch
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Join in the conversation
Bodiam's bats are always twittering and you can join in on Twitter and send us your tweets.
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Castle View 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 in the sun and enjoy the view. We also have crisps, ice creams and cold drinks on sale for warmer days.
Come and see what we've done.