Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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About

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

Monday, 18th March 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

Shakespeare Week Quest
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Thursday, 21st March 2019 - Thursday, 21st March 2019

Bow Ties and Bentleys
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Thursday, 28th March 2019 - Thursday, 28th March 2019

Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 - Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

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

The Below Stairs Tour - A Servant's Life
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Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

A Night To Remember - 1930s Murder Mystery House Party
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Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

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 Workshop
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019 - Tuesday, 16th April 2019

Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

Wednesday, 12th June 2019 - Wednesday, 12th June 2019

The Upstairs Tour
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Friday, 19th April 2019 - Monday, 22nd April 2019

Easter Fun with the Junk Orchestra
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

Motors by the Moat
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Monday, 27th May 2019

Medieval Jousting Tournament
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Monday, 24th June 2019 - Sunday, 30th June 2019

A Royal Garden Celebration
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Saturday, 29th June 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019

Junior Aquathlon
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Saturday, 29th June 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019

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

Leeds Castle Triathlon
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Saturday, 6th July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
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Saturday, 13th July 2019 - Saturday, 13th July 2019

Leeds Castle Classical Concert
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Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Sunday, 28th July 2019

Carnival of History
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Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Open Air Cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody
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Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Open Air Cinema: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Open Air Cinema: The Greatest Showman
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Friday, 23rd August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

Children's Theatre: Alice in Wonderland
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Family Fun Run
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

The Leeds Castle 10K Run
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular
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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:

  • mouseisland
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 13th March 2019
    A truly magical picture perfect castle, helpful friendly staff, a really good day out. Plenty of places to eat and drink Read full review
  • OMKL
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Rainy day out
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 16th March 2019
    Beautiful castle, beautiful grounds, all well preserved, it was like stepping back in time. Loved the brass plaques on the ground leading to the castle, telling about the most important steps in the... Read full review
  • Steve T
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Castle View Resturant
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    The Castle View Resturant is a great place to have a tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner. The converted barns are amazing. Brightley lit, very warm and welcoming. All the staff we're friendly and... 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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