School visits to Bodiam Castle

Little boy dressing up in armour at Bodiam Castle

Make history fun on a learning day at the castle. We offer activities from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4, personally tailored to your group and in tune with National Curriculum initiatives.

Early Years learning - Age 6 and below

For younger children, we offer a hands on session in our armour room.


A Knight's Tale

This is the story of Ralph. Learn about knights and armour as you listen to a story about a boy aspiring to become a knight.  Piece together a small suit of armour, and then try some real pieces on! Short tour included.  £3.00 per child.

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
A boy dressing up as a knight at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Key Stages 1, 2 & 3 - Ages 6 and above

We have two sessions for older children.  

Take a Guided Tour

Was the castle, envisioned by the infamous Sir Edward, built for defence or comfort? Learn about the castle’s many attack and defence features through the eyes of an attacking army, while also discovering the many hidden luxuries this 14th-century home held.

Try our 'Armed & Dangerous' session

Our aptly named armour session, 'Armed & Dangerous' takes a look at medieval warfare. Take an inside look at a medieval army, at their armour, combat skills and code of conduct before trying on some of our armour collection.

Each session costs £3.00 per child, or enjoy both for £5.50 per child.

Bodiam Castle armour
Medieval armour on display at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle armour

GCSE and A level students

For GCSE and A Level students we offer bespoke tours.  Please e-mail our schools department or call us on 01435 884832 who'll be happy to tailor something to your requirements.

Contact us to book your visit

To book your learning day, please contact our learning office staff, who will be happy to help you chose the right session to suit your needs.

Please contact us on 01435 884832 or by e-mail to check availability before completing the booking form in our education groups information pack with your chosen options.



Larger Group Activity Days

For larger education groups (60+ students), we enlist the services of a specialist interpretation company, Happening History, to provide larger scale hands-on activity days.  These days are always popular and book out quickly, so please call 01435 884832 if you are interested in booking one of these sessions.

Happening History dates for 2018 are:

  • 18-22 June

  • 25-29 June

Resource pack to help you plan your day

Our teachers' resource pack will help you plan your visit from the moment you arrive at the castle and provides a number of worksheets for you to use during your visit.  There's also information on castle features and history for you to use back in the classroom.

Bodiam Castle teachers' resource pack (PDF / 1.7373046875MB) download