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Bodiam Castle

Rother

Type:Castle / Fort

Bodiam, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA

Tel: +44 01580 830196

Bodiam Castle

About

Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once shot, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.

In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind and, beyond into the courtyard, enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life. Plus we have lots of seasonal events throughout the year.

Please note: Entry to the grounds is included in our admission prices. Tickets must be purchased to enter the castle and/or the grounds. (members are FREE). During peak periods access to the postern tower via a single spiral staircase is controlled.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.80 per ticket
car parking (NT members free)£3.00 per ticket
Child - Under 5's free£4.90 per ticket
Family£24.50 per ticket
National Trust Members FreeFree

For ticket information, see Bodiam Castle's website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle
NT Members - Free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Partial, ground floor of castle only
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Touch model and Braille guides available.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Self-service counter.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Open New Year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - Average visit length 4 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.None.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 300
  • Min group size - 15
  • Solo accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    653
  • Very Good
    467
  • Average
    103
  • Poor
    33
  • Terrible
    18

Recent Reviews:

  • Adrian100263
    Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
    A nice afternoons walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    This is one of the most preserved castles in the UK...recent changes in the way the Nation Trust run the place has not been welcomed by many as you can no longer just park and walk around the castle... Read full review
  • Maria K
    Woking
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Beautiful castle/ruins
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th February 2017
    The castle is short 5-10 minutes walk from the car park. Really beautiful ruins and my 4 years old loved it. Stairs in the castle might be difficult for people with mobility problems or very young... Read full review
  • turqu0ise
    kent
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Atmospheric and magical
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st February 2017
    We were lucky enough to visit Bodiam on a beautiful sunny morning. The castle is fascinating - the moat sparkles from different views from inside the castle - and the surroundings are magical. There... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

1.5 miles (2.2km) east, off B2244, 3 miles (5.6km) south of Hawkhurst. Look out for The Curlew restaurant on crossroads opposite turning to Bodiam. 3 miles (5.6km) east of A21 at southern end of Hurst Green village, midway between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings.

Parking: In main car park next to shop and tea room at bottom of site. Car park is approximately 400 yards from castle entrance. Free parking for NT members. Non-members: £3 for cars, £50 for un-booked coaches.

Public Transport Directions

By Train: Seasonal steam railway from Tenterden town to Bodiam station: 1/4 mile. Operated by Kent & East Sussex Railway (www.kesr.org.uk). Mainline railway stations at Robertsbridge, 5 miles; Battle, 10 miles (London Charing Cross to Hastings route)

No public transport links from mainline railway stations, only private taxis. No taxi rank at Robertsbridge - need to pre-book taxis. Taxi rank at Battle. By bus: 349 Stagecoach from Hastings train station to Hawkhurst, stops opposite main car park entrance.    Operates Monday to Saturday. A new Sunday service will operate every Sunday until further notice. 2 for 1 entry for those arriving by bus on presentation of downloadable voucher and bus ticket. Visit Stagecoach website for details.

By ferry Seasonal passenger ferry (April to September) from Newenden Bridge, Newenden village on A28 - operated by Bodiam Boating Station (www.bodiamboatingstation.co.uk). Booking advisable.

Video

  • Bodiam Castle
  • Bodiam Castle

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Tea room, shop grounds and ticket office (17 Feb 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00

*
Winter openings - Entry by guided tour only 11:00 - 15:00 please check website for more details
Or dusk if earlier
Closed 24/25 December

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