Guided walks at Bodiam Castle

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

Join one of our free guided walks at Bodiam Castle and discover some of the secrets of our castle grounds or the village and surrounding area. 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 or venture out into the village and surrounding areas on one of our free guided walks.

We offer a longer or shorter walk depending on day and guides available and all walks are led at a pace to suit the group attending.

Moat walks

Our moat walk is guaranteed on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays this shorter walk may be offered if there are no takers for the longer walk. 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 Friday 7 April until Friday 27 October
  • There are no Wednesday moat walks on 12 April, 7 June and 14 June
  • There are no Friday moat walks on 2 June, 25 August, 6 October and 13 October
Bodiam Castle
One of the views of Bodiam Castle that can be admired on a castle grounds walk

Bodiam estate walks

Our Bodiam estate walks are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. This longer walk gives visitors the chance to explore the local area surrounding the castle and takes about 1-1.5 hrs.

Our guides will use the opportunity of a longer walk to show visitors the wonderful countryside around the castle and to tell you about the former industries that were carried out around the castle. You'll also get the chance to see inside the church of St. Giles, which is not normally open to the public.

Estate walks start from the castle courtyard at 2.15pm. A reasonable level of fitness is required and there are some stiles on this walk so it may not be suitable for those of impaired mobility but there are plenty of places to stop and admire the views and catch your breath.

  • Estate walks will be on offer from Monday 1 May until Thursday 26 October
  • There are no Monday estate walks on 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 17 July, 24 July and 31 July
  • There are no Tuesday estate walks on 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 27 June, 5 September and 26 September
  • There are no Thursday estate walks on 1 June, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July, 20 July and 27 July
St Giles' Church, Bodiam
The lychgate of St Giles' Church in Bodiam in East Sussex

Can I bring my dog and my children?

As both of these walks take place outside of the castle, 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 but a backpack-type child carrier is recommended for smaller children for the estate walk.

Please bring water for hydration, particularly in warmer weather, and we suggest sturdy shoes, boots or trainers to walk in.  The grounds walk is over gravelled paths, which can be uneven and muddy in wet weather.  The estate walk is over recognised footpaths and these can also be muddy and slippery in wet weather. There are several stiles on the estate walk, some of which have dog gates. Please check with our estate walk guides if you are unsure about whether this walk is suitable for you.