Bodiam Castle tour

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

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Courtyard tour

Discover the story of Bodiam Castle and the people who built, lived and worked in it through the ages. Hear an introduction to the history of the castle and the knight who built it on a volunteer-led tour.  

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March–October

11.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm

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Moat tour with a costumed medieval character

Take a tour around the moat and hear about when and why Bodiam Castle was built, its setting within the landscape, and who lived at the castle. Make your way around the moat path with a friendly guide in character and listen as they pause to show and tell you more about this magnificent medieval building.

Selected Fridays, April–October:

20, 27 May

10, 24 June, 1, 22 July, 5, 12, 26 August

9, 23, 30 September, 14, 28 October

12.15pm, 2.15pm

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Tours are volunteer led and dates and times may occasionally change – please check at visitor reception when you arrive.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Bodiam Castle

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.10 £11.00
Child £6.10 £5.50
Family £30.30 £27.50
Family, one adult £18.20 £16.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.45
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.25

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Free entry for National Trust members. 

A child ticket is valid for anyone aged 5-17 years old. Under 5's are free.
A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17 years old.

Discounted entry on days when the castle is closed.

The basics

Suitability
Courtyard tour: suitable for adults. Moat tour: suitable for all ages.
Meeting point
Courtyard tour: meet in the castle courtyard. Moat tour: meet at the end of the bridge.
What to bring and wear
Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
Accessibility
Step free route accessible for wheelchair users. 
Other
This open-air activity is weather dependent, and occasionally may need to be changed or cancelled at short notice.

Contact Info

Name
Bodiam Castle
Email
bodiamcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01580 830196

Upcoming events

Wharf Tea-room exhibition: Katherine Reekie

Sat 21 May 2022
10:00-17:00
See new work by fine artist Katherine Reekie including paintings of Bodiam Castle in a surrealist style.

Demonstrations by Call to Arms 

Sat 21 May 2022
10:30-15:30
Be transported back in time and onto the Medieval battlefield with expert demonstrations. 

Storytelling

Sun 22 May 2022
11:30-14:30
Be enchanted by tales of dragons, knights, and castles as part of storytelling on selected dates.

Bodiam Castle tour

Mon 23 May 2022
11:15-12:00
Discover the story of Bodiam Castle and the people who built, lived and worked in it through the ages.

The Bodiam unicorn trail

Sat 28 May 2022
10:00-16:00
Follow the hoofprints around the grounds to find out about the mythical unicorn and its links to Bodiam Castle.

Craft workshop: Decorate a crown or shield

Sat 28 May 2022
10:30-15:00
Get creative and design your own crown or shield inspired by the magnificent castle setting.