Guided walks and castle tours at Bodiam Castle

A view of Bodiam Castle taken on one of our guided estate walks

Join one of our free guided moat walks or castle tours at Bodiam Castle and discover some of the secrets of our castle and its grounds. 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 grounds on one of our free guided moat walks or castle tours. All walks and tours are adapted to a pace to suit the group attending.

Moat walks

Our moat walks are generally on offer on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Details are published in our Events section. This short walk will take you around the perimeter of the moat to look at the castle from the outside and at some of the features of the grounds. The walk lasts about 35-45 minutes depending on the group.

Our guides will share some of the secrets of the grounds and you'll be able to build up a picture of what the landscape might have looked like around the castle back in the Middle Ages. You'll also discover why we have a Second World War pill box in the grounds.

Our friendly guides start their walks from the castle courtyard at 12.15pm and 2.15pm. On Fridays you may well find yourself being taken around by a costumed medieval washer woman, complete with washing bat. Come along and find out more about our magnificient castle and its grounds.

  • Moat walks will be on offer from Monday 26 March until Sunday 28 October
  • Walks may be cancelled at short notice in extreme circumstances. Details will be published on our website and at the property on these occasions.
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 Mondays and Thursdays and some Tuesdays. Details are published in our Events section of the website. 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.

  • Tours start from the castle courtyard at 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm
  • Tours may be cancelled at short notice in extreme circumstances. Details will be published on our website and at the property on these occasions.
  • We regret that as these tours take place inside the castle dogs are not permitted.

Can I bring my dog and my children?

Our guided moat walks take place outside of the castle and therefore dogs on leads are very welcome to accompany their owners.  Dog owners will need to join the walk at the gates to the bridge across to the castle as dogs are not permitted in the castle itself. The walks are suitable for good walkers and listeners aged 5 upwards.  It is possible for buggies to be taken on the grounds walk or a backpack-type child carrier for smaller children.

Please bring water for hydration, particularly in warmer weather, and we suggest sturdy shoes, boots or trainers to walk in.  The moat walks are over gravelled paths, which can be uneven and muddy in wet weather.

Our castle tours are within the castle and therefore dogs are not allowed. The ground inside the castle are 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 towers after their tour, please wear flat, sturdy shoes as the spiral staircases are 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. One 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 towers 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.