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

07 Jan 2012 to 05 Feb 2012
Saturday 11:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

11 Feb 2012 to 4 Nov 2012
Monday 10:30-17:00
Tuesday 10:30-17:00
Wednesday 10:30-17:00
Thursday 10:30-17:00
Friday 10:30-17:00
Saturday 10:30-17:00
Sunday 10:30-17:00

7 Nov 2012 to 23 Dec 2012
Wednesday 11:00-16:00
Thursday 11:00-16:00
Friday 11:00-16:00
Saturday 11:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

29 Dec 2012 to 30 Dec 2012
Saturday 11:00-16:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

Admission charges

Gift Aided Prices:
Adults: £7
Children: £3.50
Family: £18.60
Family (1 adult, 3 children): £11.60

NT Members: Free

Reduced rate when arriving by cycle or by public transport or for visitors arriving via Kent and East Sussex Railway; stations at Tenterden and Northiam.

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

The Greater Bodiam Estate: Weekly Guided Walks

  • 25 July 2014 2-4pm *on now
  • 29 July 2014 2-4pm
  • 1 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 5 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 8 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 12 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 15 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 19 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 22 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 26 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 29 August 2014 2-4pm
  • 2 September 2014 2-4pm
  • 12 September 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/

Bodiam Castle path

Guided Walks in Bodiam Castle Grounds

  • 30 July 2014 2-3pm
  • 6 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 13 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 20 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 27 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 3 September 2014 2-3pm
  • 10 September 2014 2-3pm

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 gravel 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

Website

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

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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