Group visits to Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Bring your group, or plan your school visit to explore its delights and you will receive a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers.
Group visits to Bodiam Castle
Set in the heart of a historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is a great place to bring your party. Pre-booked group visits are welcome all year round and throughout the winter season by prior arrangement.
Groups are welcome to picnic anywhere in the grounds, while the Wharf Tea-room serves snacks, hot drinks, sandwiches, light lunches, cream teas and cakes. The Castle gift shop sells souvenirs, postcards, gifts and books.
Bodiam Castle is the perfect subject for school groups to learn about studying a historical site, the history of castles and medieval life. Enthuse your group with a self-led educational tour of the Castle. Bodiam Castle is a mainly outdoor site so please dress for the weather. If you would like our team to lead activities for your visit, such as a tour or armour talk, booking three weeks in advance is essential.
The Bodiam Castle Teacher Resource Pack, for teachers or home schoolers, can be downloaded free of charge.
Schools can also benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places.
The benefits of pre-booking your visit
Please pre-book your group visit to Bodiam Castle. You’ll benefit from:
- a discounted admission rate for pre-booked parties of 15 or more
- free admission for National Trust members and group leaders
- self-guided tours at no extra cost
- free coach parking for two pre-booked coaches at any one time
- £5 tea-room voucher for your coach driver
Unbooked groups are charged normal admission prices, plus £50 for two hours' coach parking, and will only be admitted if coach parking space is available.
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Discover what to see and do at Bodiam Castle. Climb the stone towers to take in the views, learn about defending a medieval castle and explore the impressive ruins.
Discover the history of Bodiam Castle. Find out who built it, its royal connections and what historic graffiti can tell us about the castle’s past.
Discover what to see and do in the grounds of Bodiam Castle. Take a riverside walk, stop for a picnic or look for wildlife – from rare bees to bats.
Enjoy food and drink with a view at Bodiam Castle. Shop for gifts or a souvenir of your visit and browse for the perfect pre-loved book.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.