Guided castle tours at Bodiam Castle

Join one of our free guided castle tours at Bodiam Castle and discover some of the secrets of our castle. All walks start from the castle courtyard.

Discover more about our special place

The main focus of a visit to Bodiam is, of course, the castle.  But visitors can now find out more about the castle on one of our free guided tours. All tours are adapted to a pace to suit the group attending.

Bodiam Castle
One of the views of Bodiam Castle that can be admired on a castle grounds walk
Bodiam Castle

Castle tours

Discover more about the castle with one of our volunteer guides on these short but informative tours around the castle to reveal more about Bodiam's past.

Castle tours are generally on offer on throughout the week and including weekends.  A tour lasts about 35-45 minutes and will cover some of the history of this magnificent ancient monument from its founder, Sir Edward Dallingridge, to the last owner, Lord Curzon of Kedleston who bequeathed it to the trust in 1926 and you'll be able to discover some of the architectural features.

  • Tours start from the castle courtyard at 12.15pm and 2.15pm
  • Tours may be cancelled at short notice in extreme circumstances. Our visitor reception team will advise of castle tours available on arrival. We regret that as these tours take place inside the castle dogs are not permitted.

Can I bring my dog and my children?

We regret that as these guided tours take place mainly within the castle walls that no dogs, except assistance dogs, are permitted. The tours are suitable for good listeners aged 7 upwards.

Please bring water for hydration, particularly in warmer weather, and we suggest sturdy shoes, boots or trainers to walk in for this mainly outdoor site.

The ground inside the castle is gravelled paths, grass and paved areas. There are some changes in level with some steps.

Bodiam Castle
A view to the gatehouse entrance from the courtyard at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

Some advice for tower climbers

For those who wish to climb the postern tower after their tour, please wear flat, sturdy shoes as the spiral staircase is steep with narrow treads and a steep rise. A metal handrail and rope is provided on the stairs but these are not suitable for those of limited mobility or with small children. The stairwell is dual direction and so it may be necessary to wait for others to come up/down on the stairs.

The views from the top of the tower are truly marvellous but are not for the faint-hearted or vertigo sufferers. Please consider whether you are able to make the trip to the top before embarking on your climb and do remember that once up at the top the only way down is via the spiral staircase that you have just climbed.

From February 2019, the north-west tower will also be open to visitors after extensive conservation work. This tower is also accessed via steep spiral staircase from the gatehouse and then a walk across the battlements to the north-west tower and back down to ground level on the newly refurbished spiral staircase.

At certain times of the year we may need to close the gatehouse staircase and rooms above due to the maternity roost of Daubenton bats that occupy this space. During these times access to the north-west tower will be up and down the north-west tower staircase, as the postern tower.