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 is to remain OPEN during the national lockdown. 

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) announced that the UK Government have confirmed paid for parks and gardens, such as Leeds Castle, can remain open during the national lockdown.

Whilst the Castle itself will be closed, the grounds, gardens, play areas and takeaway catering outlets will remain open.

Any customers with accommodation, evening dining or hospitality bookings for the period of the lockdown will be contacted in the coming days.

 

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

Friday, 2nd October 2020 - Thursday, 30th September 2021

Field of the Cloth of Gold Exhibition at Leeds CastleThe Field of Cloth of Gold: A Meeting of Kings
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Saturday, 28th November 2020 - Sunday, 3rd January 2021

Embrace the Unexpected at Leeds Castle Christmas 2020Embrace the Unexpected - Leeds CastleThis year 2020 has been anything but expected, so at Leeds Castle, this Christmas, they are embracing the unexpected with a display of alternative Christmas trees!
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Saturday, 10th July 2021 - Saturday, 10th July 2021

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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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:

  • Beccy007
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    Great play area BUT poor food
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd November 2020
    Very impressed with the play areas - wooden large structures and a nice variety of swings. Spent 2 whole hours in the two areas...! Grounds are beautiful as is the castle BUT the experience is let... Read full review
  • Jephson
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Fabulous walk and views in the open air with plenty to do for the children.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 26th November 2020
    Fantastic open spaces, views of the spectacular castle and the magnificent adventure playground for the children. First time we had done the maze and the grotto. The grotto in particular is splendid... Read full review
  • papat2018
    Sidcup, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Covid19 secure and lovely place
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 26th November 2020
    The website is easy to follow and I had no problem booking on line. As soon as you enter the drive, there are people to check you can visit and where to park. Even though there outside there wearing... 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.

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

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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