Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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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.


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
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/


Saturday, 1st April 2023 - Sunday, 16th April 2023

Children in amongst the daffodils Leeds Castle backgroundFamily Easter Quest at Leeds CastleThis Easter, you are invited to join Lady Baillie’s dogs, Danny and Boots, her beloved Great Danes, on an egg-citing Easter Quest through the great outdoors as they hunt for their favourite treats!*
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Sunday, 7th May 2023 - Sunday, 7th May 2023

Leeds CastleKing Charles III's Coronation House PartyTake your place at our King Charles III’s Coronation House Party on Sunday 7th May 2023 as we celebrate the coronation.
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Saturday, 27th May 2023 - Monday, 29th May 2023

Jousting tournament at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.The Queen's JoustJoin us for a bank holiday of exhilarating displays of combat and action, elegant and unusual equestrian, and medieval living and feasting. Gasp at the first crash of lances, cheer as your favourite knight gallops past, and watch as England and France not only battle for the coveted cup, but more…
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Saturday, 8th July 2023 - Saturday, 8th July 2023

Leeds Castle Open Air ConcertLeeds Castle ConcertLeeds Castle will once again play host to a spectacular open-air concert, bringing together world-class music and famous performers, before a spectacular Spitfire fly-over from the Aero Legends Stable and fireworks finale! This iconic event is a highlight of the summer season, set in Leeds…
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Saturday, 8th July 2023 - Saturday, 8th July 2023

Leeds Castle Open Air ConcertLeeds Castle Concert VIP Dining Package
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Friday, 4th August 2023 - Saturday, 5th August 2023

Characters dressed for the Wizard of OzChildren's Theatre: Wizard of Oz
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Friday, 1st September 2023 - Saturday, 30th September 2023

Family standing inside a large flower design ring with castle behindLeeds Castle's Design MonthLeeds Castle was designed to impress, stand out and be memorable. This September, join us for a month of behind-the-scenes tours, unique design-led workshops, and many other exciting activities that will have you revelling about our dreamy design month until next year’s event. Stay tuned for…
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Friday, 1st September 2023 - Saturday, 30th September 2023

Sculpture outside of Leeds CastleSculptures at Leeds CastleDesign Month at Leeds Castle celebrates the impeccable tastes of Lady Olive Baillie who harnessed the beauty in the designs of the gardens and created tranquillity in the woodland walks. As part of Design Month, our popular Sculpture Trail has returned and we invite you to take a leisurely stroll…
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  • 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


  • 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:

    • Annebo777
      Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      What a gorgeous location and a wonderful nights stay
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 7th March 2023
      I booked online for an overnight stay with breakfast and evening meal, which included access to the castle and grounds on both days. I'd seen there was a wedding fair on in the Maidens Tower, so... Read full review
    • spudDorset
      Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A great experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 1st April 2023
      My wife and I stayed at Leeds Castle for a one night B&B/Dinner break and, as a special treat/experience, stayed in the Maiden's Tower (Catherine de Valois room). It was extremely comfortable and... Read full review
    • christine098765
      Difficult entry procedure
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 1st April 2023
      I love Leeds castle but the staff in reception really let it down. Why do they make entry so difficult? You buy a ticket which lasts all year and they print off a small piece of cardboard which... 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.


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    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    2023 Opening (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

    * 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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