A family day out at Bodiam Castle

A child with a mail hood and wooden sword at Bodiam Castle gate

Bring the family to Bodiam Castle to explore our majestic 14th-century castle. We've lots of events throughout the year to entertain your bold knight or aspiring princess.

Visit our medieval castle

With its massive towers and broad moat, Bodiam Castle is a great place for children to explore and imagine themselves as a bold knight or genteel princess coming across the bridge for a magnificent feast in the great hall.

Look out for the badge of Sir Edward Dallingridge, the castle's founder, as you enter the castle under the great portcullis and spot the murder holes in the gatehouse roofs.

There are towers to climb and amazing views to be taken in from the top, and don't forget to pop in to the well room and take a look up for a bird's eye view.

Spiral staircase, Bodiam Castle
A view looking up one of the steep stone spiral staircases at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Spiral staircase, Bodiam Castle

Find out about a child's life at Bodiam

For younger children, we have our Children of Bodiam trail.  Pick up your invitation at our visitor reception and head up to the castle to find your costume.  Once you're dressed up, you can explore the areas of the castle where you would have worked back in 1385.

Will you choose to be a page, kitchen servant, maid or laundry girl?

Seek fame and fortune on our trail

Families and groups of 5 players can sign up to our Medieval Game of Life trail at our visitor reception.  Running every day until 2 December, you'll start your journey by spinning the wheel of fortune to see if you are reborn as a medieval lord, craftsman or peasant.  As you journey up to the castle, you'll face peril from plague and possible famine on your quest for fame and fortune.

  • £1 per player
  • Game is best suited to be played in a group of 3 or 4+ people.
  • Suitable for ages 7 - 100.
Bodiam Castle, Game of Life
Starting instructions for Bodiam Castle's Medieval Game of Life
Bodiam Castle, Game of Life

Explore the grounds

Enjoy a wander around the grounds and see if your fearsome crusaders can find the wooden statue of Sir Edward or the natural glockenspiel in the woods at the top of the hill.

If you download a copy of our property map you can discover some of the old features of Sir Edward's estate which are not so obvious nowadays.

Visitor map of Bodiam Castle and grounds (PDF / 1.2177734375MB) download

Our ducks will be very pleased to see you and even more so if you have a box of our duck food that can be bought from either visitor reception or our Castle View Coffee Shop.  You'll be the ducks' best friend if they see you have some food and you can also feed this food to the many carp that we have swimming in the moat.  They'll be pleased of a nutritious treat after spending the winter in the lower depths of the moat.