Bodiam Castle - National Trust

Bodiam Castle - National Trust
Bodiam
Nr Robertsbridge
East Sussex
TN32 5UA
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle

E-mail

Main Office

bodiamcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

Main Office

01580 830196

Fax

01580 830398

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A view across the moat to the East and North Ranges of Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, built between 1385 and 1388
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When you think of a castle, you think Bodiam. Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385, Bodiam is one of the most beautiful and iconic medieval castles left in Britain today. Few buildings can rival its magnificent setting. With its long history and ensuing rich historiography it is a most excellent learning resource that must be utilised.

Bodiam Castle was constructed late in the 14th century at a time when the nobility were looking for comfortable residences as an outward symbol of their status and wealth, yet incorporating the latest military architecture. Bodiam, therefore, exemplifies the halfway point between the stern fortresses of earlier years and the comfortable mansions of the Tudor and Stuart periods.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Castle and grounds
Adult: £7.20
Car parking: £3.00
Child: £3.60
Family: £18.00
Group adult: £6.40
Group child: £3.20

Discounts

  • National Trust
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Bodiam Castle

Guided Walks in Bodiam Castle Grounds

  • 22 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 29 October 2014 2-4pm

These short walks of 35-45 minutes around the castle grounds will give you a bit more insight into the location of the castle and the grounds around it. Discover about the mill pond and why there is a World War II pillbox in the grounds, plus some of the hidden secrets in the grounds. This walk will mainly be on gravelled paths, but these can be uneven and wet in adverse weather. Pace and area covered on this walk will depend on group attending.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £7.95, Child: £4.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of bodiam castle

Weekly Guided Walks: The Greater Bodiam Estate

  • 21 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 24 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 28 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 31 October 2014 2-4pm

A free 1 1/2 to 2 hour afternoon walk, starting at 14:00 from the Ticket Office.

Join our knowledgeable guides as they take you around the greater Bodiam estate and tell you stories of its past. Of special interest will be the opportunity to see inside the church of St. Giles, which is not normally open to the public.

Area and terrain covered will vary depending on group on the day, but please wear sturdy walking boots and dress appropriately for the weather.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of bodiam castle

Folklore and Traditions of Medieval England

  • 20 — 30 October 2014 *on now

It's Samhaim, the beginning of winter, when the sun goes to rest. A great time to wander around the castle and grounds and watch the mist swirling around the moat - making the castle mysterious. Come and listen to the folk tales and traditions around this fabled month.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £7.95, Child: £4.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Halloween Half Term

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

Come to one of Britain's most picturesque castles any day over half term and join in with dragon quests, creative crafts and lots more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission applies plus £2 for the trail

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Guided Tour

Education Activities In a Nutshell

Foundation Stage: A fun story based activity session incorporating role play in one of our authentic tower rooms. 45 Minutes in length.

Key Stage 1 - 4 (age/KS appropriate): Two complementing sessions - an interactive tour of the Castle where pupils are introduced to the day-to-day running of medieval Bodiam, and an exciting hands-on armour room session with an opportunity for the children to try on medieval armour. Both sessions are 45 minutes in length.

How to obtain

Visit can be entirely self-guided or led by our Education Team here at Bodiam (Monday-Friday, term-time only). These run in 45minute sessions from 10:45 with a maximum of fifteen pupils in each. We can cater to any size group, however. All activities are age appropriate, in tune with current National Curriculum initiatives, and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of the group. For more information on what Bodiam can offer you individually, please contact our Learning Officer on 01580 831322, or alternatively email bodiamcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Balloon Ride over Bodiam Castle

Guided Tours

For those of you unlucky enough not to know the ins and outs of Bodiam's colourful history one of our castle characters, a bonified member of the 'Bodiam Household', will be happy to show you around.

Languages

  • French

How to obtain

To book a guided tour please contact the main office on 01580 830196 for assistance. There will be an additional charge of £2.50 per person to participate which is payable on the day or your visit.
Tours last approximatly 45 minutes and can be tailored to your own interests but please do let the office know when you book.

Happening History

Medieval Activity Days

Specialist interpretation company, Happening History, bring history into being with their displays on medieval life. They provide a hands-on session (45 minutes long) that encompasses both medieval life and times, and arms and armour. These are designed for larger groups (60+).

How to obtain

Visit can be entirely self-guided or led by our Education Team here at Bodiam (Monday-Friday, term-time only). These run in 45minute sessions from 10:45 with a maximum of fifteen pupils in each. We can cater to any size group, however. All activities are age appropriate, in tune with current National Curriculum initiatives, and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of the group. For more information on what Bodiam can offer you individually, please contact our Learning Officer on 01580 831322, or alternatively email bodiamcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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