Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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Leeds Castle early morning sunrise.

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Leed's Castle's Playgrounds, Grounds, Gardens, Adventure Golf, Mobility Bus and Takeaway Kiosks are OPEN.  

The Maze, Bird of Prey Centre and Shops will re-open on 12th April 2021.

The Castle and Castle View Restaurant will re-open on 17th May 2021.

The Dog Collar Museum, Castle Train and Gatehouse Exhibition will remain closed until further notice. 

All reopening dates are subject to review based on the current schedule for the UK Government’s reopening roadmap.

Please book a timeslot online if you would like to visit Leeds Castle. If you already have an admission ticket you can book for free.

 

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, with entry to many of the events included such as the 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.

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£28.00 per ticket
Concession£27.00 per ticket
Family£90.00 per ticket
Child (4-15)£19.50 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, 29th May 2021 - Sunday, 6th June 2021

Garden Wildlife WeekGarden Wildlife Week
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Saturday, 10th July 2021 - Saturday, 10th July 2021

Classical Concert at Leeds CastleLeeds Castle Classical 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.
more info

Friday, 13th August 2021 - Saturday, 14th August 2021

Jungle Book CharactersChildren's Theatre: The Jungle BookJoin Mowgli and his friends, Baloo and Bagheeraan for the open air musical theatre adaptation screening of The Jungle Book against the beautiful backdrop of the 900 year old Castle.
more info

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:

  • twixpeaks
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Leeds Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd May 2021
    The castle grounds are well kept and pretty and now have a one-way system due to Covid. The entrance ticket is expensive but it allows you access to the castle & grounds for 12 months. There are a... Read full review
  • tonimcdonald14711
    Lovely
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th May 2021
    a place that's not appreciated enough, great family day out and the kids love it, prices could be more reasonable but this can be overlooked I suppose Read full review
  • 210philippas
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely Castle
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th May 2021
    Beautiful place, lovely walk, good shops and food outlets. Lots of seat to rest and admire view. Lots for children, crazy golf, 2 playgrounds etc Staff v helpful especially when one of my group fell 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
2021 Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* 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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