Visiting Bodiam Castle with your dog

Visitor walking their dog in the parkland

Planning a day out with the dog? Dogs on short leads are welcome in the grounds around Bodiam Castle and in the Castle View café.

Where can my dog go?

We welcome dogs here at Bodiam Castle (on short leads) and they are welcome in almost all outdoor areas. 

Accompanied dogs are welcome in the Castle View café, which is situated opposite the castle and serves hot and cold drinks and light snacks.

Dogs are always welcome in the Castle View Cafe
A dog lying on the floor in Bodiam's Castle Cafe
Dogs are always welcome in the Castle View Cafe

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only are permitted in the Wharf tea-room, castle, the castle courtyard and shop.

Should you wish to visit the tea-room, there's plenty of outside seating where you and your dog may sit and enjoy refreshments. Please leave your dog outside when ordering.

If you are visiting the castle, there is a dog tethering point and water bowl outside Castle View café opposite the bridge across the moat to the castle.

What do I need to be aware of at Bodiam Castle

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a short lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Facilities for my dog

There are water bowls outside the Wharf tea-room and Castle View cafe, as well as outside taps near the Wharf tea-room.  There is also a tether outside Castle View cafe.

Please remember to bring dog poop bags with you. You’ll find a couple of bins located around the grounds for your use, or feel free to take any waste home with you and dispose of it there.

Doggy treats and doggy ice-cream is available in the Wharf tea-room and the Castle shop stocks dog related supplies such as foodie treats, toys, travel bowls, leads, collars, tick combs and even poop bags.

Thank you for helping to keep the grounds clean for everyone to enjoy.