Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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Visitors never forget their first breath-taking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for over 900 years. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily events and year round attractions, it’s not just the glorious history of Leeds Castle that will ensure you want to come back time and time again.

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion and an elegant early 20th century retreat.

There are many attractions to see at Leeds Castle from the beautiful English cottage style Culpeper Garden to the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden, maze and grotto, falconry demonstrations, shops, children’s’ playgrounds, punting and much more.

Leeds Castle also offers five holiday cottages, 17 luxury bed and breakfast bedrooms and five bedrooms in the Maiden’s Tower as well as eight Medieval Glamping tents.  In addition, twenty luxury bedrooms, ranging from battlement bedrooms to state rooms, can be booked as part of a private event within the 900-year old castle.

New exhibition spaces include; The Gatehouse, an exhibition on the history of the Castle and the Exhibition Centre, which will display temporary exhibitions, including the Dog Collar Collection.

Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
(4-15 yrs) Admission£16.90 per ticket
Admission£24.90 per ticket
Senior Citizens/students/visitors with disabilities£21.90 per ticket

Every ticket purchased for entry to Leeds Castle is valid for unlimited use for an entire year (excluding special ticketed events) Children under four years of age enter free of charge.

Events

Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Monday, 27th May 2019

Jousting tournament at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.Medieval Jousting TournamentMedieval Jousting returns to Leeds Castle this bank holiday weekend with mighty clashes and thrilling entertainment for all ages at the Grand Medieval Joust.
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Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

Tuesday, 18th June 2019 - Tuesday, 18th June 2019

The Below Stairs Tour at Leeds Castle. The Below Stairs Tour - A Servant's LifeThe discreet running of a large household in the 1930s took military precision. Visit restricted areas below stairs to learn how the Castle servants made this seem effortless.
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Wednesday, 12th June 2019 - Wednesday, 12th June 2019

The upstairs tour at Leeds Castle.The Upstairs TourJoin Leeds Castle on a tour to find out more about the State & Battlement Bedrooms at Leeds Castle, which are not open to the public.
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Monday, 24th June 2019 - Sunday, 30th June 2019

A Royal Garden Celebration at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.A Royal Garden CelebrationJoin Leeds Castle in a week that focuses on the unveiling of the 'Princess Alexandra Gardens'.
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Thursday, 27th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019

Leeds Castle flowering garden photo workshop.Flowering Gardens Photo WorkshopJoin multi-award-winning professional nature photographer, Robert Canis, photographing the Castle's gardens and flowers. Robert will impart his extensive knowledge to help you in getting the very best out of capturing the summer blooms.
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Thursday, 27th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019

Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Thursday, 28th November 2019 - Thursday, 28th November 2019

Saturday, 28th December 2019 - Saturday, 28th December 2019

Watercolour WorkshopCome and paint at Leeds Castle with expert guidance and techniques in watercolour painting. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, learn new skills and unlock your creative potential at an exceptional art class experience.
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Saturday, 29th June 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019

Junior Aquathlon at Leeds Castle.Junior AquathlonSwim and run in the grounds of 'the loveliest castle in the world' with this Junior Aquathlon at Leeds Castle.
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Saturday, 29th June 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019

Sunday, 30th June 2019 - Sunday, 30th June 2019

Triathlon at Leeds Castle.Leeds Castle TriathlonSwim… Bike… Run… the most exhilarating way to experience “The Loveliest Castle in the World”.
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Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 - Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

The National Garden Scheme Charity Evening at Leeds Castle. The National Garden Scheme Charity EveningA special evening opening for the National Garden Scheme will take place from 6pm to 8pm at Leeds Castle. Tickets include a tour with the Head Gardener and light refreshments.
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Saturday, 6th July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

A performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at Leeds Castle.Shakespeare's The Merchant of VeniceJoin the Royal Navy Theatre Association as they perform Shakespeare’s historic courtroom drama at Leeds Castle.
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Saturday, 13th July 2019 - Saturday, 13th July 2019

Classical Concert at Leeds CastleLeeds Castle Classical ConcertFor over forty years people have been enjoying this spectacular outdoor event, bringing together one of the country’s greatest orchestras, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and one of its finest conductors, John Rigby.
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Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Sunday, 28th July 2019

Carnival of HistoryIn celebration of Leeds Castle's 900th anniversary, join them for the 'Carnival of History'. A dazzling riot of colour, music, dance and giant costumes will travel through nine centuries of the Castle's history across two days.
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Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody at Leeds Castle Open Air Cinema.Open Air Cinema: Bohemian RhapsodyWatch the foot-stomping celebration of Queen and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury in an open air screening of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Leeds Castle this summer.
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Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at Leeds Castle.Open Air Cinema: Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainWatch the musical romantic comedy 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' and dance the night away to classic songs from ABBA.
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

The Greatest Showman Open Air Cinema at Leeds Castle.Open Air Cinema: The Greatest Showman'Rewrite the Stars' this summer with an open air screening of 'The Greatest Showman' at Leeds Castle. The popular musical is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum and stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.
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Friday, 23rd August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

Children's performance of Alice in Wonderland at Leeds Castle.Children's Theatre: Alice in WonderlandImagination runs wild in this fantastical, larger than life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.
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Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

A Night To Remember - 1930s Murder Mystery House PartyStep into a world of Film Noire … the famous film director Herbie Hinds’ is finally making his great work, but Herbie has neglected to pay the Mob and they’re sure ain’t happy! Events take a shocking turn resulting in a spectacular finale.
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Family fun run at Leeds Castle. Family Fun Run at Leeds CastleFun for all the family! Join us for the Leeds Castle Fun Run, where the whole family can enjoy a 2km run around the grounds.
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Leeds Castle 10k Run.The Leeds Castle 10K RunJoin Leeds Castle for a fun 10K run around the gorgeous grounds of the castle. If you enjoy running - this is one not to be missed!
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Saturday, 7th September 2019

Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Evening Bat Walk at Leeds Castle.Evening Bat WalksJoin the wildlife team for an evening of bats and other nocturnal creatures. Discover 5 species of bats that live at Leeds Castle and enjoy the Castle and grounds at night. 7pm to 8.30pm.
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Friday, 13th September 2019 - Friday, 13th September 2019

Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle.Festival of Flowers - VIP Preview EveningOn a theme of A Floral Party in celebration of Leeds Castle 900, you are invited to join the VIP Preview Evening with a celebrity host, sparkling reception and special awards ceremony.
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Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Thursday, 19th September 2019

Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle.Festival of FlowersBe inspired by the creativity of international award-winning florists and floral designers at the Festival of Flowers, this year themed to 'Ladies Day'.
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

Amazing firework display at Leeds Castle.Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular House Party 2019See the famous Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular in style and treat yourself to an afternoon and evening of fine dining, first class hospitality, rousing music and entertainment.
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Amazing firework display at Leeds Castle.Leeds Castle Fireworks SpectacularTwo nights of our spectacular displays. With moving images, music and incredible fireworks over the historic Castle, let the countdown begin for the start of this year’s display!
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Leeds Castle Christmas Market.Leeds Castle Christmas MarketVisit the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle to discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Visit Santa Clause at Leeds Castle.Visit Father Christmas at Leeds CastleWander through the Leeds Castle Christmas Market to an enchanted path leading to a magical grotto. Father Christmas will be waiting to greet you.
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Facilities

Other

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Indoor Attraction
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Picnic Site
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Village Location

Accessibility

  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Staff Fluent in Languages - Other

Languages spoken

  • Dutch spoken
  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Euros accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Travel & Trade

  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 15

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Recent Reviews:

  • MumtazLeeds
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Harry Potter lol
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 22nd May 2019
    The children absolutely loved the castle and I will tell you a secret... I loved it too! High ceilings and truly breathtaking artist work everywhere. It really makes you feel like a pauper. Read full review
  • Kathleen Q
    Melbourne Beach, Florida
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    The American connection
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd May 2019
    I recommend getting the audio guide when you tour the castle. There is so much to see and learn about this beautiful place. The short video at the castle entrance shows it's changes over the... Read full review
  • simply-peregrinating
    Burnley, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beatiful castle in a stunning setting
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th May 2019
    A truly wonderful setting with lots of grounds to explore. The castle itself is well set out, informative and interesting. The information cards were very useful with the right amount of detail. The... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions


7 miles east of Maidstone, main gate off B2163 at jct 8 of M20.

Public Transport Directions


4 miles from Maidstone Railway Station. Bus 13 from Maidstone (www.arriva.co.uk) or coach serve 021 from London (www.nationalexpress.co.uk)

Opening Times

Open New Year
2019 Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Apr-Sept: Grounds Open 10am-6pm. Last Ticket sold 4.30pm. Castle open 10.30am-5.30pm. Last entry to Castle 5pm.
Oct-Mar: Grounds Open 10am-5pm. Last Ticket sold 3.00pm. Castle open 10.30am-4.00pm. Last entry to Castle 3.30pm.

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