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.

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, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Leeds Castle Christmas MarketVisit the Christmas Market on the lawn overlooking the Castle to discover a splendid array of seasonal goodies.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Visit Santa Clause at Leeds Castle.Visit Father Christmas at Leeds Castle - FULLY BOOKEDWander through the Leeds Castle Christmas Market to an enchanted path leading to a magical grotto. Father Christmas will be waiting to greet you.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Wednesday, 1st January 2020

LogoMagical Birds and Festive Feathers at Leeds CastleLet your Christmas wishes take flight at Leeds Castle as the beautiful state rooms are transformed into a magical kingdom of birds and festive feathers.
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Thursday, 28th November 2019 - Thursday, 28th November 2019

Saturday, 28th December 2019 - Saturday, 28th December 2019

Watercolour WorkshopCome and paint at Leeds Castle with expert guidance and techniques in watercolour painting. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, learn new skills and unlock your creative potential at an exceptional art class experience.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

The Great Pantomime Murder MysteryIt is the first night when 'Aladdin & Cinderella climbed the beanstalk and ended up in Neverland'. When the leading lady misses her cue what could have possibly happened to her?
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Saturday, 15th February 2020 - Sunday, 23rd February 2020

Half Term Explorers at Leeds CastleHalf Term ExplorersThrow on your wellies and thinking caps as you venture through the Leeds Castle estate on a special trail.
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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:

  • BeatkaBella
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Relax
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th November 2019
    Day out Perfect for groups Every age Nice day lovely relaxing atmosphere with views and animals Historical Read full review
  • E6842AKdanam
    Chatham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Leeds Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th November 2019
    Amazing place !!! 900 years historical existance. Beautiful gardens well maintained an autumn fairytale all around, a breath of fresh air and enjoyment. A place that is recalling to return always Read full review
  • ClockWatcher16
    East Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Afternoon tea
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 10th November 2019
    After initial confusion with the wrong postcode being sent, we arrived. The grounds and the castle are fantastic. Very well kept indeed. Adding an extra dimension to a visit to Leeds Castle is... 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.

Opening Times

Open New Year
2019 Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 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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