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

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, 29th July 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

Young Queen putting on a crownQueens with MeansImmerse yourself in the world of Leeds Castle's seven historic queens, as we take you on an untold journey through Medieval and Tudor times. Gifted, educated, cultured and intelligent conversationalists, these women were born and raised to marry English Monarchs
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Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Thursday, 1st September 2022

Thursday, 8th September 2022 - Thursday, 8th September 2022

Thursday, 15th September 2022 - Thursday, 15th September 2022

Walker in the gardenHistorical Gardens and Landscape TourJoin our knowledgeable Castle Guide for a fascinating walk through the Castle's varied gardens. This historical guided walk will take you through the journey of Leeds Castle's grounds and gardens development. Price £6 per person (price is in addition to admission fee). Tours run from 10.30am to…
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Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Friday, 16th September 2022

Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Sunday, 2nd October 2022

Blue Room DesignLeeds Castle's Design Month
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Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Sunday, 2nd October 2022

Metal tree with lake in backgroundSculpture Trail at Leeds CastleFollowing the success of 2021, we are bringing our Sculpture Trail back for a new year. This September, take a stroll through the estate as you spot themed sculptures placed sympathetically throughout the grounds. The stunning outdoor gallery will be inspired by flora and fauna, so expect to see…
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Friday, 2nd September 2022 - Friday, 2nd September 2022

Friday, 9th September 2022 - Friday, 9th September 2022

Friday, 16th September 2022 - Friday, 16th September 2022

Leeds CastleHistory Set in Stone TourOver the last nine centuries countless alterations and modernisations have been made to the Grade I listed Castle by generations of previous owners. Discover what happened in 1660 to cause half of the Castle to fall into the moat and what a medieval toilet in Henry VIII's time would have looked…
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Wednesday, 7th September 2022 - Wednesday, 7th September 2022

Pink rosesPhotography Masterclass Workshop
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Monday, 12th September 2022 - Monday, 12th September 2022

Ceramic bird's headBotanical Birds - A Clay Avian Experience Workshop
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Wednesday, 14th September 2022 - Wednesday, 14th September 2022

Willow squirrelCreate Your Own Wicker Willow Animal Workshop
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Tuesday, 20th September 2022 - Tuesday, 20th September 2022

Roses and salviaDesign Your Own Table Display Floral Workshop
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Monday, 26th September 2022 - Monday, 26th September 2022

Discover How You Can Use Colour With Confidence Workshop
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Children at Leeds Castle at HalloweenHalloween at Leeds Castle
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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

Girl in light tunnelChristmas 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:

    • Susan F
      Chelmsford, United Kingdom
      Walking in footsteps of Queen’s
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd August 2022
      We’ve just returned from a short stay at Leeds Castle in Kent. We made the most of our visit to the Garden of England by staying in one of the castles guest rooms. We had a beautiful room , very... Read full review
    • timwB3242PM
      Kent's most beautiful rip off
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 4th August 2022
      Expect to get ripped off at every opportunity two small glasses diet coke £5,90 is Leeds castle a charity ? .Staff attitude is consistently poor with a culture of visitors being a tolerated nuisance... Read full review
    • EllaLulworth
      Dogs not allowed
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 7th August 2022
      Having visited Leeds Castle many many times over the years and paying every year to renew mine and my families yearly tickets we were so disappointed that we can no longer have a season ticket as... 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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