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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Other Great Things at Leeds Castle

You can book a stay the have cottages and bed and breakfast rooms.

Leeds Castle is also a great place to book a meeting or your wedding, so please click through if these are of interest to you.

 

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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

Friday, 25th November 2022 - Sunday, 1st January 2023

Girl in light tunnelChristmas Lights at Leeds CastleMark your diaries as the brand-new Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle is set to transform its unique landscape, making for an unmissable outdoor experience.
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Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Tuesday, 3rd January 2023

Christmas tree in the castleChristmas at Leeds CastleChristmas at Leeds Castle is here and you’re all invited to join the party. Experience the Castle dressed in her festive finest. Trees dripping in iridescent silver shimmer and sparkles, extravagant décor covering the roaring fireplaces, and rooms imbued in jewel like Christmas colour.
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Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

Leeds Castle Waiter holding glasses of bubblyMurder Under the MistletoeAs actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in one of two truly spectacular evenings set in the style of either a panto-crime or at the auction of the highly valuable Thornley-Cruttock jewel collection, where you decide just how involved you want to be.
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Saturday, 17th December 2022 - Saturday, 17th December 2022

Leeds Castle at night with lit up Christmas treeThe Great Pantomime Murder MysteryAs actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in one of two truly spectacular evenings set in the style of either a panto-crime or at the auction of the highly valuable Thornley-Cruttock jewel collection, where you decide just how involved you want to be.
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Saturday, 31st December 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

Glasses and candles on table at Leeds CastleNew Year's Eve in the CastleChampagne, fine dining, fireworks and dancing to a live band will ensure that the start to your New Year will be a truly memorable night at Leeds Castle.
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Saturday, 31st December 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

Dining in the Fairfax Hall at Leeds CastleNew Year's Eve in the Fairfax HallWave goodbye to 2022 and celebrate the start of the New Year in style 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:

    • jcbdonuts
      Dartford, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Rubbish fireworks - not what they used to be
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 24th November 2022
      The fireworks used to be good. No more they aren’t. I hadn’t been for years and was very disappointed. They say you can come at 2pm, but unless you’ve a child, there’s nothing to do - the walks... Read full review
    • Sandra G
      Swanley, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle, Kent
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 5th December 2022
      Went to see the Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle, very good display. Paths all round so no need to get muddy. Good choice of accompanying music. Usual food and drink stalls. Beautiful light show on... Read full review
    • mabirch
      deep south
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Superb place to visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 6th December 2022
      We came for the Murder Mystery Evening and stayed overnight. We had a wonderful time, the Staff are fantastic. The house looks beautiful, all decorated for Christmas. They have loads of outdoor... 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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