Guided castle tours at Bodiam Castle

The portcullis and badge and shields of the Dallingridge family above the entrance to Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Join one of our free guided castle tours at Bodiam Castle and discover some of the secrets of the castle.

Castle tours

A tour lasts approx 20-40 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.

Tours will begin at the start of the bridge (over the moat), opposite the castle entrance. 

What else do I need to know?

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 also some changes in level with some steep steps.

The tours are suitable for good listeners aged 7 upwards.

Can I bring my dog?

We regret that as these guided tours take place mainly within the castle walls that no dogs, except assistance dogs, are permitted.

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

Tower climbers

For those who wish to climb the postern tower after their tour, we would recommend wearing 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.

North-West Tower

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.