Bodiam Castle Photo Tour

Join us as we visit one of the photographic jewels of medieval England, Bodiam Castle in West Sussex.

Last updated: 18 Apr, 2024


Professional Photo Guide
Transportation (return from London)
Kase filter kits available
Small tour (max 7 participants)

Dates & Times

Throughout the year.

Contact for details.

(incl private astro tours)

Fitness Level



From £ 60


Places available

Join Us

Join us as we visit one of the photographic jewels of medieval England, Bodiam Castle in East Sussex.

Constructed in 1385 to help protect against invasion from the French during the Hundred Years War, this impressive example of a moated castle provides us with plentiful opportunities for compositions that take advantage of the beautiful symmetrical reflections available in the wide moat.

Beautiful Sunset Photo of Bodiam Castle - National Trust - On a Day Trip From London with UK Photo Tours

We’ll also explore within the castle walls and ascend the towers to admire the view of the surrounding countryside. Our visit will be timed so we can take advantage of being able to photograph the exterior after the tourists have left, allowing us to capture iconic shots without visual distractions or interuptions, making it a landscape photographer’s dream when combining the castle and bridge’s symmetry with filters to smooth the water. During the summer season, we’ll also visit 13th century Bayham Abbey, a secluded and little known ruins along the Sussex-Kent border.

Bodium 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. Windows where arrows were once loosed, 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.”

Bayham Abbey: (summer bonus location)
Bayham Abbey was built from local sandstone in the first half of the 13th century and the ruins includes much of the church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th century gatehouse. By the 15th century the original design had been enlarged. Steeped in history, the abbey was suppressed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525 in his attempt to gain funding for two of his new colleges, before falling into the hands of King Henry VIII in 1538.

Please note: Due to the National Trust’s rules and regulations, this is a transport tour only (ie return transport from London to the location) and not a photography workshop.

Bodiam Castle reflection with water lilys using ND filters on a photography tour
Recommended Equipment
  • Wide angle lens – 16-35mm, 10-24mm, 14-24mm (recommended)
  • Walk around/kit lens – 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm
  • Tripod
  • Remote shutter release – we prefer a wired trigger as it saves battery over using your phone with wifi/bluetooth or a wireless trigger to reduce camera battery drain.
  • Spare camera batteries – multiple long exposures can drain batteries quickly. 
  • Battery Charger (we have charging facilities on our vehicle)
  • Extra memory cards
  • ND Filters – optional/recommended for long exposures during the day – we have multiple sets of Kase ND filters available to borrow! (please let me know the filter thread size of your lenses prior to the workshop)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
Included / Not included
  • Included:
    • Professional photo guide.
    • Return transportation from London in our comfortable 8-seat vehicle
    • Kase filter kits if required
    • Battery charging facilities in the vehicle

    Not included:

    • Food & drink
    • Travel to start point or from end point of tour.
    • Personal & travel insurance
    • Anything not specified as “Included”
Fitness Level


This tour involves walking of up to 10 minutes along paths/trails and requires occasional short steep steps or inclines.  A person of low-average fitness level should have little difficulty.

Where We'll Meet

Collection point for the tour is Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP.

Return journey will have two drop-off points.  The first is in central London, close to Warren Street, Euston Square, Euston, & Great Portland Street tube stations.

Second drop-off point will be West Acton Station.

We expect to return to London between 19.00-19.30, depending on the sunset time. Meeting point map.


Thank you for all your support on such a wonderful day at this amazing location!

You are a great host Dion: so professional and so knowledgeable.  Can’t wait for the next trip you organise!!

Gina S. (via

Had the best day with Dion Hitchcock visiting Bodiam and Scotney Castles. He is delightful and so helpful too with an excellent array of lenses, filters, and tripods you can borrow. He caters for everyone from the true beginner (me) to experienced photographers.

Could not recommend him more.

Josephine S. (via Google)


Dion Hitchcock UK Photo Tours workshop guide

Dion Hitchcock

UK Photo Tours is owned and operated by professional photographer, Dion Hitchcock.

Dion brings over a decade of expertise in teaching and guiding photography. He is an expat Australian and when not running photography tours, resides in London, UK, running photography workshops or as a locum pharmacist. His extensive travel experiences, spanning over 40 countries, ignited his passion for photography as a means to chronicle his journeys. This passion quickly evolved into a profound interest, leading him to actively participate in various camera clubs, assisting them in conducting workshops. Today, Dion independently operates his own workshops mainly across the UK, and occasionally internationally.

His London-based photography Meetup groups have 7,000+ members and over 500 5-star ratings.

Dion still maintains his registration as a pharmacist professional, dedicating his time to aiding patients and educating pharmacy students. However, he has transitioned his time into the realm of photography, where he assists clients in understanding the craft’s technical and artistic aspects. This shift, though unconventional, aligns with his upbringing; both of his parents were artists who nurtured his appreciation for the world’s inherent beauty. His extensive photography experience, professional background, passion for teaching, and numerous five-star reviews ensures you’ll be in the best of care whilst on tour.

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