Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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About

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.

Events

Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Festival of Flowers Afternoon TeaTake Afternoon Tea during the Festival of Flowers and be served in one of Leeds Castle's most luxurious state rooms, the Castle Dining Room, festooned in flowery finery.
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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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Wednesday, 18th September 2019 - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Professional Floristry WorkshopCreate magic in your work and allow your personality to shine through creating a beautiful hand tied bouquet.
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Thursday, 19th September 2019 - Thursday, 19th September 2019

Leisure Florisrty WorkshopThis workshop with Claire Cowling is perfect for the flower lover. It will give you the opportunity to have a go at arranging a stunning hand-tied bouquet.
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Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Thursday, 26th September 2019

Poor Little Rich GirlA fascinating insight into the life of The Honourable Dorothy Wyndham Paget, younger sister of Leeds Castle’s last private owner, Lady Olive Baillie.
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Sunday, 6th October 2019 - Sunday, 6th October 2019

The Big Dog Walk for Guide Dogs
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Monday, 21st October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Halloween Monster AcademyAre you a little monster? If so you'll fit right in at Leeds Castle's brand new Monster Academy this Halloween!
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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, 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

Falconry Display at the Fireworks SpectacularFree flying display in the Falconry Arena in front of the Maze.
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

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, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

Sunday, 10th November 2019 - Sunday, 10th November 2019

Leeds Castle Christmas Shopping SoireeAvoid the crowds and find the perfect gift whilst late night shopping in the shop at the main entrance.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Leeds Castle Christmas MarketVisit the Christmas Market on the lawn overlooking the Castle to discover a splendid array of seasonal goodies.
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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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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Wednesday, 1st January 2020

LogoMagical Birds and Festive Feathers at Leeds CastleLet your Christmas wishes take flight at Leeds Castle as the beautiful state rooms are transformed into a magical kingdom of birds and festive feathers.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

The Great Pantomime Murder MysteryIt is the first night when 'Aladdin & Cinderella climbed the beanstalk and ended up in Neverland'. When the leading lady misses her cue what could have possibly happened to her?
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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:

  • Zoe E
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Leeds castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th September 2019
    I would highly recommend Leeds castle for its upcoming Halloween week. 1 ticket lasts all year. I go ever 2-3 weeks to Leeds castle. It never gets boring. From crazy golf, to the kids play park... Read full review
  • Gran7
    Crossett
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Rain didn’t dampen our day
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th September 2019
    What a fabulous. Ase with amazing history. A great gift to the national trust. We were fortunate to visit on a less traveled day so we were not in long quest or crowds and rushed. The grounds are... Read full review
  • Alice D
    Overpriced and disappointing. Plus one hour queue to visit the castle!
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th September 2019
    I was never attracted to Leeds castle, but the flower festival convinced me to give it a chance. CONS: -Way too expensive. Plenty of places in England are less expensive and offer much more. Plus if... 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
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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