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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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 Maze, Falconry Arena, Punting, Shops, Dog Collar Museum, Gatehouse Exhibition, Black Swan Ferry, Castle Train and Castle View Restaurant will remain closed until further notice.

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.

Events

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:

  • 663chandrikak
    poor customer service
    1 of 5 stars
    Friday, 18th September 2020
    Tried to speak to a Customer sevice over the phone about the ticket issued last year. No one answered and wait for over an hour. No response.. poor customer service Read full review
  • justinesalmon
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Tea on the terrace
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
    Stunning setting for afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the castle - fantastic service and good value for money Read full review
  • jackier1901
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great for families
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
    Great day out for families and they've obviously updated quite a bit in the last year including the mini golf and play area. The birds bit has also moved. The maze was closed due to social distancing... 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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