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
Additional Child (when booked with a family ticket£21.00 per ticket
Adultsfrom £29.00 to £32.00 per ticket
Children (aged 3-15 years)from £21.00 to £24.00 per ticket
Family (1 Adult and up to 3 children)from £70.00 to £76.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children)from £99.00 to £106.00 per ticket
InfantFree
Senior Citizens (aged 65+)from £28.00 to £31.00 per ticket
Studentfrom £28.00 to £31.00 per ticket
Visitor with disability - Adult + Free Carerfrom £27.00 to £29.00 per ticket
Visitor with disability - Child (3-15) + Free Carefrom £19.00 to £21.00 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, 9th July 2022 - Saturday, 9th July 2022

Leeds Castle Classical concertLeeds Castle 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, 22nd July 2022 - Wednesday, 31st August 2022

Children paddling in the streamSummertime at Leeds CastleThis summertime be entertained by a host of fun-filled family activities within our 500-acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. Enjoy blue sky strolls through the sun-drenched Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces, dream beside the streams, rivers and our moat, and take part in an…
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Friday, 5th August 2022 - Saturday, 6th August 2022

Rapunzel, Prince and TowerChildren's Theatre: Rapunzel
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Saturday, 5th November 2022 - Sunday, 6th November 2022

Leeds Castle Fireworks SpectacularThousands of starbursts will fill the sky over the majestic Castle with the biggest firework display in the South East of England.
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Friday, 25th November 2022 - Sunday, 1st January 2023

Christmas lights with light and bowChristmas Lights 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:

    • Bdahmandtf
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Disappointed- compared to other castles
      2 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th June 2022
      Impressive castle stripped of history - very little information pre Bailliere . Catherine of Aragon only reference was a brass floor plate. Husband is visually impaired so headsets or guides who... Read full review
    • malaga210511
      London, United Kingdom
      returned visit
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 30th June 2022
      much has changed particularly within the castle which in my opinion was sad as history was no longer present-- outside the area was most attractive and help was always at hand if you needed it. Read full review
    • Ali H
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Well done Fairfax staff
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 6th July 2022
      Just wanted to give a big shout out to the really lovely young man who manages the restaurant during the day, I think his name was Nick. From the moment my friend and I arrived to when we left, we... 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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