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.

All admission tickets last 12 months, meaning you can visit as many times as you like for up to one year. Visitors can also enjoy many attractions and events, including the 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.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£28.00 per ticket
(1 adult and upto 5 children)£90.00 per ticket
(2 adults and upto 4 children)£90.00 per ticket
Aged 65+£27.00 per ticket
Child (4-15)£19.50 per ticket
Student£27.00 per ticket
Under 4 (Infant)Free
Visitor with disability - Adult + Free Carer£25.00 per ticket
Visitor with disability - Child (4-15) + Free Care£16.50 per ticket

Group Rates can be found https://www.leeds-castle.com/Visit/Groups/
Education Rates cn be found https://www.leeds-castle.com/Visit/Education/Educational+Rates/

Events

Saturday, 12th February 2022 - Saturday, 12th February 2022

Champagne glassesValentine's Dinner in the CastleThere is no more beautiful place to spend a romantic night with your Valentine than Leeds Castle, "the loveliest castle in the world".
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Saturday, 12th February 2022 - Sunday, 20th February 2022

Two children in safari outfits at Leeds CastleLeeds Castle - Half-Term Explorers
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Saturday, 26th March 2022 - Saturday, 26th March 2022

CocktailPeak or Blinder Murder Mystery - Leeds Castle
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Saturday, 30th April 2022 - Monday, 2nd May 2022

Jousting tournament at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.Leeds Castle JoustMedieval Jousting returns to Leeds Castle this bank holiday weekend with mighty clashes and thrilling entertainment for all ages at the Grand Medieval Joust.
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Thursday, 2nd June 2022 - Thursday, 2nd June 2022

Leeds Castle celebration and fireworksJubilee Bank Holiday House Party
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Thursday, 2nd June 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

Little girls with United Kingdom flags at Leeds CastlePlatinum Jubilee at Leeds 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:

    • GiorgiaBrown
      Canterbury, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Rip off
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th December 2021
      I can only agree with the other recent reviews on here. The ‘12 Days of Christmas’ displays were feeble, ill thought out and *very* low-budget, and everything closes early in winter. There is no... Read full review
    • Teresa B
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Poor Christmas show.
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 5th January 2022
      Very disappointed by the Christmas displays. Appeared to be a last minute rushed job. Nothing special. You would expect great displays. Looks like they couldn’t be bothered. That was the main reason... Read full review
    • jameslfc2019
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Amazing castle
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th January 2022
      Well this Castle is amazing, it's a great historical site and definitely would recommend visiting. It was a cold day but we got a nice hot chocolate which was amazing. 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
    • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    2022 Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

    * 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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