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Bodiam Castle


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. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dallingridge, for comfort and defence. There are windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life, and gruesome and surprising tales can often be heard from the miller's wife, forester and other colourful characters from the past. Entry to the grounds is included in the admission price. Tickets must be purchased to enter the castle and/or the grounds.

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Tel: 01580 830196
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National Trust


Castle & Grounds with voluntary Gift Aid donation: £8.10 (ch £4.05). Family £26.65. Groups £10.25 (ch £5.15)

Opening times

Open all year, daily 10.30-5 (or dusk if earlier except 24-25 Dec)
Average visit 4hrs




Dogs only allowed in castle grounds

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. Ground floor level is fully accessible, spiral staircase to upper levels
Braille/large print guides, sensory objects, audio loops, w/chairs, mobility buggy between car park & castle high season

Bodiam Castle
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