A summer's day out at Bodiam Castle

A view across the front of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex with the May blossom in flower

Visit us this summer and take time to look at the many features of this grand family home. You'll also find our medieval characters in the castle courtyard with their tales of life in medieval England. Join them for one of their hourly talks.

Visit our medieval castle

The impressive and beautiful symmetry of Bodiam Castle with its massive towers and broad moat is the perfect example of a 14th century medieval castle.  A great place to explore and imagine yourself back in the past and coming across the bridge for a maginificent feast in the great hall.

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

Tales of life in the castle

Join our medieval characters at one of their hourly talks in the Great Hall.  Listen for the bell, then take your seat and be transported back to the late 1300s with tales about life in- and outside the castle.  The talks take place on the hour from 11am to 4pm.  In the event of inclement weather our characters will guide you to the west or northwest tower rooms for the talks.

Look and explore

Once inside the castle there's lots to explore.  A short DVD will give you a brief history of the castle and its founder, Sir Edward Dallingridge, and then you can choose where to go.  Climb up the steep spiral staircases to get to the top of the massive towers and be rewarded with the most incredible views across the River Rother valley towards Ewhurst Green and east towards Newenden.  The views are ever changing with the seasons and the state of the river.

As well as climbing up, you take take a few steps down from the castle courtyard and see the well room.  The water would have been used in the nearby kitchens, but only ale from the buttery would have been drunk at the table.  Perhaps you can see why?  Before you leave this room, take a look up for a bird's eye view.

Take a seat on the dais and survey the great hall before you imagine looking up to the minstrel's gallery at the far end above the arches to the buttery, pantry and kitchen.  This room with its great vaulted roof and impressive arched window, probably glazed with stained glass, would have seen many a feast and celebration.

As you leave the castle, look up and see the murder holes above you in the gatehouse tower.  All manner of unpleasant things would have rained down on any unwelcome visitors in the past.  There's also the remains of the iron-clad oak portcullis, thought to be possibly the oldest in England and above the studded oak doors are the badge and shields of the Dallingridge family.

Spiral staircase, Bodiam Castle
A view looking up one of the steep stone spiral staircases at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

A Knight's Peril adventure game

For those that like a bit of an adventure try our Knight's Peril interactive audio game, which will give you more insight into medieval life in the castle as well as the chance to become a detective and help solve a mystery.  Collect one of our echo horns from Castle Cottage and let your adventure begin.