Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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Leeds Castle moat in the early morning mist.

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Leeds Castle grounds and Princess Alexandra Gardens are now open! (Booking essential). Thank you for supporting the Leeds Castle Foundation during this very difficult time.

 

Due to social distancing guidelines Leeds Castle are operating a reduced capacity, therefore all visitors must book a time slot online, including existing ticket holders who can book for free if you have a valid admission ticket.

As a thank you for your support all new admission tickets will grant entry for 15 months from the date of your donation. This offer will remain in place until 31st December 2020 (subject to availability). Leeds Castle are unable to extend existing or expired tickets.

All income from admission ticket donations go toward the preservation of the Castle and its estate for the benefit of the public. Your continued support is vital to the survival of Leeds Castle and will ensure that the Foundation is able to reopen the grounds for everyone to enjoy and preserve their special heritage into the future for generations to come.

The safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is a priority, therefore Leeds Castle's reopening process will be phased and gradual.

Find out more about the measures they are taking by visiting their Keeping Our Visitors Safe page.

The Grounds and Princess Alexandra Gardens are now open for pre-booked visitors only. The Whistle Stop Café and catering kiosks at the Ticket Office and Stable Courtyard area will also be open.

The Castle, Playgrounds, Maze, Bird of Prey Centre, Falconry Arena, Punting, Shops, Culpeper Garden, Lady Baillie Garden, Dog Collar Museum, Gatehouse Exhibition, Adventure Golf, Black Swan Ferry, Castle Train and Castle View Restaurant will remain closed until further notice.

All major events until the end of September, along with tours and workshops, have been cancelled. 

Click here to find Leeds Castle education resources, such as a Butterfly Activity Book, At Home Scavenger Hunt, Puzzle book and more. Stay connected to all the latest news at the castle here


Set in 500 acres of Kentish parkland, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. The Castle’s last private owner, Lady Baillie, bought the Castle in 1926 and transformed it into an elegant setting for glorious weekend parties. Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and John F. Kennedy are amongst the roll-call of many other influential guests who enjoyed Lady Baillie’s hospitality during this time.

In 2019, Leeds Castle in Kent celebrates its 900th anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit. All admission tickets last 12 months, meaning you can visit as many times as you like for up to one year, with entry to many of the events included such as the Fireworks Spectacular, Festival of Flowers, Christmas Market and Medieval Jousting Tournament. Visitors can also enjoy many attractions and events, including the new Adventure Golf and Knight’s Stronghold Playground alongside falconry, stunning gardens and maze and grotto.

Leeds Castle also offers holiday cottages, bed and breakfast rooms on the grounds, medieval glamping, an extravagant manor house and the opportunity to stay in the luxurious Castle bedrooms or Maiden’s Tower as part of a private event or wedding celebrations.

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
Adult£26.00 per ticket
Concession£24.00 per ticket
Family£74.00 per ticket
Child (4-15)£17.50 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. Family ticket £74 until October 1st, £80 thereafter.

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:

  • 787raymondj
    Harlow, United Kingdom
    Falconry Experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st March 2020
    Fantastic day with my daughter,Mark,Hannah and there team looked after us all day.Very knowledgeable about all the birds and answered all our questions.We got to fly many of the birds,which are... Read full review
  • JimFraserVancouver
    Vancouver, Canada
    Superlative In Every Way: Leeds Castle Falconing Experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 29th May 2020
    We planned this outing well in advance and expected to enjoy it. But it completely exceeded all our expectations. We booked a half-day experience of flying different birds of prey for my partner and... Read full review
  • leahjean92
    Kent
    Will not return
    1 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 17th June 2020
    Went once, but i would not attend again. Also has very poor customer service. It's sad to watch all of the owls etc sitting there tied up with 20cm rope, when clearly they want to fly. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

7 miles east of Maidstone, Junction 8 of the M20 motorway just 1 hour from London, 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports. Clearly sign posted from all routes - following the brown and white tourist signs.

Car parking at Leeds Castle is FREE.

Public Transport Directions

Southeastern run frequent services to and from Bearsted and a coach shuttle service run by Spot Travel is available from the station from April to September.

Nuventure no.13 bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne.

Arriva no.13 bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne.

Leeds Castle is just 25 miles from the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone and 38 miles from the port of Dover.

Opening Times

Open New Year
2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 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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