Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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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.

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.

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 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£28.00 per ticket
Concession£27.00 per ticket
Family£90.00 per ticket
Child (4-15)£19.50 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 CastleTemporary Closure: The Field of Cloth of Gold: A Meeting of Kings
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Wednesday, 16th December 2020 - Wednesday, 31st March 2021

Leeds Castle Maze with 3 teenagers exploringMaze Challenge - Leeds CastleDiscover fun challenges to complete as you find your way to the middle of Leeds Castle's famous Maze. New activities will change seasonally so there's always more fun to be had!
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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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Friday, 13th August 2021 - Saturday, 14th August 2021

Jungle Book CharactersChildren's Theatre: The Jungle BookJoin Mowgli and his friends, Baloo and Bagheeraan for the open air musical theatre adaptation screening of The Jungle Book against the beautiful backdrop of the 900 year old Castle.
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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:

  • Cheekycockney190757
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    Nice Covid safe day out
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th January 2021
    Visited on Friday 23rd October 2020 having previously visited in 1997, 2001, 2004 with the last visit being in 2006 it was nice to visit again. Most of the development was negative IMO since that... Read full review
  • Shivcosg
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Excellent value for money
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th January 2021
    Have just renewed our tickets as this has been our place to visit during Covid. Covid friendly, clean and spacious walks. Fun play area for grandchildren. Can’t understand those saying too expensive... Read full review
  • T1092FKjordanc
    Really unfair treatment
    1 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 27th February 2021
    Decided today to purchase a ticket, as I live less than 5 minutes away and wanted to support the castle. Following this, I printed off my ticket and walked to the castle using the public footpath... 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
2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* 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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