From Bombay to Bodiam; Curzon's journey

*This article is from 2018. Check our homepage to see what's on this year* Discover something completely different this winter as we bring the story of the castle's famous benefactor to life in a sensory experience of the romanticised ideal of India during the British Raj.

Bombay to Bodiam: Curzon's journey

Discover a sensory experience veiled within the castle towers with opulent fabrics, golden lights, rich scents and visual delights, inspired by the British Victorian romantic ideal of India.

Two exhibitions will reveal how Lord Curzon's work as Viceroy of India brought him home to conserve Bodiam Castle for future generations. 'Bombay to Bodiam' reveals Curzon's journey from India to Britain in monument preservation; 'Let India be my judge' focuses on Curzon's time as Viceroy and brings the atmosphere of the British Raj to life.

Bodiam Castle
An alcove in Bodiam Castle dressed with Indian styled fabric for a winter exhibition on Lord Curzon
Bodiam Castle

Fun for the family

For the little ones we have a precious gems trail around the castle and grounds and craft activities and storytelling aplenty over the festive period. See our What's On section for more details.

This vibrant theme continues throughout the property but if you get a sudden pang for something festive, then head down to the wharf area for festive afternoon teas and all things Christmassy available in the shop.

Bodiam Castle
Castle View cafe at Bodiam Castle dressed in an Indian theme for a winter exhibition on Lord Curzon
Bodiam Castle

A previously untold story

Lord Curzon was a key figure in the conservation and history of the castle. Without the 6 years of his life spent as Viceroy of India, developing a passion for protecting and conserving ancient monuments, it is likely he would nevr have returned and saved Bodiam.

We're using this previously untold history as inspiration to create opulence and vibrancy in the castle from December until February 2019.

Download our flyer below for details of where to find our exhibitions and other winter activities.

Bombay to Bodiam, Curzon's journey exhibition and event information flyer (PDF / 0.6884765625MB) download

A medieval castle

Alongside our winter exhibitions, our quintessential medieval ruined castle remains untouched with the chance for you to imagine yourself back in the fourteenth century approaching the castle over the bridge, up to the great, imposing castle gates and then entering the central courtyard inside.

Chapel window, Bodiam Castle
Chapel window in winter sun, Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Chapel window, Bodiam Castle