Bodiam Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Bodiam Castle

  • Robertsbridge
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, all National Trust sites, including parks, garden and all car parks, will be closed to the public until further notice. We'll keep this updated with news of opening/closure changes, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

Set in a wealth of historic landscaping, Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque ancient monuments. Enjoy a glimpse of medieval splendour at this 14th century luxury fortress with spiral staircases, battlements and the castle's original wooden portcullis: everything a castle is meant to be! 

The impressive and handsome symmetry of Bodiam Castle, with its massive towers and broad moat (with fish!) is a perfect example of a medieval castle circa and a great place to explore with imaginative kids.

There are colourful characters from the past wandering around in costume whom you can chat with, including the miller's wife and the forester. Between them and the enduring quality of the ruins themselves, there's a pleasing historical atmosphere and families of all ages will enjoy exploring.

You can do this in several ways, starting with the brilliant Knight's Peril Interactive Audio Adventure! It's free, but with a deposit required because you get a super cool Echo Horn to help you as you go round! Well worth doing! You can also download an adventure map to follow too, which will take you around all the castle's best kept secrets.

Inside the castle, the more bloodthirsty kids can seek out the murder holes in the roof of the main gatehouse and on the Postern Tower. Out of necessity, soldiers dropped all kinds of terrible things down those holes onto their attackers to try and get rid of them.

The grounds surrounding the castle are a great place to spend a lazy summer afternoon. Pack up a picnic and bring a rug to sit on and enjoy the view.

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 17:00 (or dusk if earlier)
Closed 24th - 25th December


General Admission
Adults from £9.80
Kids from £4.90
Family from £24.50

Travel & Contact Information


Bodiam, Near, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA, England

Phone number

01580 830196



Click here to visit Bodiam Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

All Day: £3.00

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Bodiam Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Gravel paths throughout the site with some slopes and undulating terrain. Paths can be muddy in wet weather. Steps into some rooms in the castle. Steep spiral staircases up to the towers and ramparts.

Bodiam Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome on the grounds. Assistance/Guide Dogs are welcome in all areas. 

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