Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Step into history at Bodiam Castle. This 14th-century moated castle with a ruined interior features spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis. Take part in various activities throughout the year, including guided tours, family-friendly trails and more! The Wharf tea-room serves drinks, homemade light lunches and sweet treats. Plus, browse the gift shop stocked with gifts and castle-themed products. Free entry for National Trust members. The admission price covers entry to the castle and grounds. Free parking for National Trust members, and non-members £4 per car. You don't need to book your visit in advance. Last admission to the castle is 30 minutes before closure.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Steph I
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable
    It was busy on the day we went, but there was ample parking and although a bit of a trek from there to the castle there was a buggy to take those with mobility issues. The castle gave opportunities for stunning photographs and staff were helpful. Take your picnic with you as it is a long way back to the car.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • jjandg
    Ashtead, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Well Maintained Moated Castle.
    A beautifully maintained moated NT castle in a romantic setting with friendly staff. One volunteer in particular spent some time with us explaining the best order in which to see things and some of the history of the castle. Clear labelling and sturdy handrail for ascending very steep shallow steps up the tower to the ramparts. Heard the resident bats in one of the towers. Cafe near entrance clean and good choice of food. Nice picnic tables outside by river. Some very large fish in the moat.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Beanzbabe
    63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous castle
    Stunning example of a castle with fabulous most including huge carp! Great for exploring inside with bits of information posted + some videos. The setting is fantastic too. Volunteers were incredibly helpful. A little more written information would have been nice- it's worth reading the info on the free map to fill in some gaps. Overall a great day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • bealehidi
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend
    Went here with the family spent the day here. Really enjoyed it they had loads of signs telling you information. Went on the castle tour of the courtyard was very very interesting even the young kids enjoyed the tour. Some nice views from the top of the tower. The fish in the moat was a nice touch. Great parking with the overflow car park. Restaurant was very good catering for allergies huge portions of very good food great day out foe the family
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • HolidaymakerfromHove
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom2,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bodiam Castle…..
    I remember visiting as a child and thinking how magical it was. Despite living only an hours drive away I had not visited since, until today. We parked in the NT car park, £4 for the day. We did not pay for admission in to the grounds as we used the public footpath which allows external views of the castle and the moat. The castle is in very good shape externally. The castle is beautiful. We did not enter inside the castle as you do have to pay for this. We were able to see more than enough from our walk round the castle outside. Clean toilets, a cafe and a gift shop at the entrance. There were lots of activities on for kids and we saw golf buggies ferrying the less able around the grounds. This is a perfect example of a 14th century castle with a moat. Very photogenic. Highly recommended for a visit. Worth going out of your way for. Easy to combine this trip with a visit to Batemans which is only a 20 minute drive away.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Alfred S
    Whitehaven, United Kingdom427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable couple of hours
    Great location and a classic moated castle. Plenty of room and the NT were putting on activities for children during the summer holidays. Enjoyable stroll round the grounds. Tea rooms and shop. Very dog friendly. We had a enjoyable couple of hours but that was probably enough. Those with children would probably spend longer with the activities
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • CotsCaz
    London, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth taking the tour
    Fascinating place but our visit was made extra special by our National Trust volunteer guide Jonathan. With a mixed group of adults and children and despite rain showers, he conducted a really engaging tour of the site - with amusing and interesting facts that helped bring the castle to life. We were really glad we took advantage of this free tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Larry
    Northiam, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Castle
    A lovely day out. The castle is beautiful and the moat is full of fish. We enjoyed an ice cream with the view of the steam train passing by. There isn't a huge amount to do or see compared with other castles in the area but if you enjoy taking in the scenery then that doesn't really matter!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Mum_Of_Twins_Plus1
    Hastings, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Day Out
    Firstly I want to say that ALL the staff we met today were kind and helpful. I’m disabled and walking is tough for me. The ladies in the ticket office were great and Kate(?) served us and her customer service was excellent. There was a golf cart to ferry people up to and back from the castle who needed it (thanks Mike and Rob!) My 8 year old sat on the back and said it was the best part of the day! We walked around inside the castle doing the kids scavenger hunt booklet thing. The steps up the towers are quite deep and narrow so bear that in mind but the views are amazing. I only managed one on the advice of a staff member in the courtyard to which would be the best with handrails. Then the golf cart back down the the cafe for some lunch. They specially made my daughter a no butter cheese sandwich to go with her kids lunch bag. My thanks to the cafe staff for that!! Then a quick loo stop which are easy access then to the little medieval fair to claim her prize for the scavenger hunt. Various games for the kids to play including quoits, hurdles and archery. Then back to the shop and home. All in all a very enjoyable day made easier by the lovely helpful staff!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • RJBandRDB
    Camdenton, Missouri340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good old British Castles at their best.
    Lovely to find a castle with a moat still, even if it is in ruins. It would have been nice to have a tour by a professional, even better if they dressed up as characters from the period. Quite instructive and lots of room for improvements we gather they are doing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
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TheRelfster
Manchester, UK1,800 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Four of us went late on a Saturday when it was quietening down. The views from the top of the towers are fab, the moat setting is magical and the film interesting. Despite not having much to see inside it has a lovely ambiance.
Written July 15, 2024
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Martin C
Crewe, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Archetypal castle. We had never heard of it until this week, possibly because it has little connection to English historical events. However, what history it has was well explained and the information video (12 mins) was also a great instruction on castle design.

Stunning ruins (walls pretty much intact to full height, interior ruined) in stunning location
Written July 12, 2024
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Trippy
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
An impressive and beautiful castle, in equally gorgeous surroundings. My only comment would be, please let people with dogs know that they are not allowed in the castle, so their visit is free. I paid the full price, and the assistant could clearly see my dog (she talked to him!) but didn’t mention that our visit would be free. Thank you.
Written June 20, 2024
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Scott B
Kelso, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
good castle and wildflower areas not cut down.... well done on leaving some nature alone...and making the site better for everyone.
Written June 18, 2024
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Paul T
Waterlooville, UK455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is one of the best castles we have seen anywhere, it is also one of the only castles to have a moat. Its also a Photographer's dream on a very sunny day the shadows of the castle were amazing. we were very lucky we had such a day, and certainly made the most of it both inside / outside the castle. This is certainly a gem within National Trusts crown. It goes without saying it is certainly worth a visit.
Written June 15, 2024
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Di B
Market Rasen, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit especially on a Sunday like it was for us, Lovely view from the top of the Tower. Hundreds of fish in the moat. Well worth a visit…
Written May 30, 2024
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Joy Black
96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The castle is quite a walk from the carpark, about a mile, but if you can take your time it is mainly flat and the views are charming, with lots of bird life on the various lakes and ponds. The three of us , all with various mobility issues + one walking aid, managed it, but take the little train back to the entrance at the end of the day! keep your ticket to get the ride back. We hadn't realised the full history of the caste, nor that it was rescued/ rebuilt in the early twentieth century, so we were a little disappointed that so very little of it was authentically historic. The audio guide - included in the entry price- was helpful, but necessarily limited, and we would have appreciated more information on the Queens that had lived there and less about the interior designers employed. The staff were very helpful regarding access/ help on stairs etc but be aware that if you cannot manage stairs alone, or walk unaided the upper floors will be unavailable to you. There are good restaurants/ places to eat though the dining arrangements are not clear, as to where you order , which tables you can use etc. be aware that there is a steep incline to get to the refreshment area/ courtyard.The gardens are extensive - as are the grounds - if you have the energy /time to explore.
Written May 30, 2024
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FireRose
Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Site really comes alive with the free walking tour that they offer. Ours was one hosted by one of the washer women in authentic clothes and with the washing batten. Take a look at NationalTrust webpage to find out when they are being run. Beautiful site with an incredible history.
Written May 25, 2024
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Mary C
Banstead, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What an impressive site the castle was surrounded by its moat that was teeming with large Carp! We were invited to watch a video, which brought the ruins to life. The volunteers were informed & enthusiast. 2 men had a display of amour & we learned a lot !
Written May 18, 2024
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Tania L
Tewkesbury, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Found ourselves in the area with a little time to spare and as it was a lovely day we took the chance to explore. Lovely setting with plenty of room to park-we had a trailer with us and were directed to the overflow car park. Also decided to take out the National Trust membership which covered our entry fee and parking. Very interesting and great views from the top of the towers. Amazing size of fish in the moat. Nice tea rooms and friendly staff all round.
Written May 14, 2024
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