Heritage Open Days

Free entry to the castle on selected dates as part of Heritage Open Days.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

With the bustle of summer over, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the majestic castle.

Why not test your knowledge with our new free Bodiam Castle history quiz, available from visitor reception or discover the story of Bodiam Castle and the people who built, lived and worked in it through the ages on a volunteer-led castle courtyard tour on selected Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Be enchanted by tales of dragons, knights, and castles as part of storytelling on Sunday 18 September. From 11.30am-2.30pm and 15-20 minutes in length, these tales are suitable for young children and perfect short drop-in sessions for families.

On Saturday 17 September, 10.30am-3.30pm, be transported back in time with Call to Arms, a group of volunteers with a passion for history and training in Historical European Martial Arts. Dressed in full armour, they show what medieval combat may have looked like, through showing weapons and explaining techniques.

12–18 September

Free entry

The basics

Suitable for all ages.
Meeting point
Visitor Reception.
What to bring and wear
Please wear clothing suitable for the weather.
There are gravel paths from visitor reception to the castle and around the moat. Elsewhere in the grounds there is uneven terrain. Please see the Facilities and access pages at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiamcastle for further information.

Contact Info

Bodiam Castle
Call 01580 830196

Upcoming events

Medieval fair at Bodiam Castle

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Have a go at medieval games and activities as a family, over the school summer holidays.

Dragon hunt at Bodiam Castle

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Let your imagination fly on this family-friendly trail around the castle grounds.

Wharf Tea-room exhibition: Ed Boxall

Mon 15 Aug 2022
See work by local artist and writer Ed Boxall.

Bodiam Castle tour

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Discover the story of Bodiam Castle and the people who built, lived and worked in it through the ages.

Craft workshop: Decorate a crown or shield

Mon 15 Aug 2022
Get creative and design your own crown or shield inspired by the magnificent castle setting.

Ranger talk: wildlife at Bodiam

Tue 16 Aug 2022
Find out about nature and wildlife at Bodiam Castle and the bats that roost in the castle during the summer months.