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

Friday, 14th February 2020 - Friday, 14th February 2020

Valentine's Dinner in the CastleThere is no more beautiful place to spend a romantic night with your Valentine than Leeds Castle, "the loveliest castle in the world".
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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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Wednesday, 1st April 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

The Field of Cloth of Gold: A Meeting of KingsFind out about the role of Leeds Castle played and what the Castle was like during the reign of Henry VIII. 
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Friday, 8th May 2020 - Saturday, 9th May 2020

Party Like it's 1945 and Spitfire ExperienceStep back in time to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day at Leeds Castle. Vintage cars, WWII trucks, a Spitfire experience and stories of the Castle at war will all form part of a special VIP weekend. 
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Saturday, 9th May 2020 - Sunday, 10th May 2020

Motors by the MoatThe incredible Motors by the Moat returns to Leeds Castle with vintage, high performance and classic cars on display all around the Castle grounds.
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Saturday, 23rd May 2020 - Monday, 25th May 2020

The Golden JoustJoin young Kind Henry VIII at the Joust this year and cheer on your team when England takes on France in a true jousting competition.
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Monday, 8th June 2020 - Sunday, 14th June 2020

Garden & Wildlife WeekJoin Leeds Castle for a week of tours, talks and activities all themed to the Castle’s abundance of wildlife and beautiful gardens.
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Saturday, 27th June 2020 - Sunday, 28th June 2020

SportsFestJoin Leeds Castle for their first ever SportsFest!
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Saturday, 11th July 2020 - Saturday, 11th July 2020

The Leeds Castle ConcertLeeds Castle will once again play host to a spectacular open-air classical concert, bringing together one of the country's greatest orchestras, The Royal Philhamonic Orchestra.
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Thursday, 30th July 2020 - Thursday, 30th July 2020

Open Air Cinema: Downton AbbeyWatch the Downton Abbey movie under the stars with the back drop of the 900 year old Castle.
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Friday, 31st July 2020 - Friday, 31st July 2020

Open Air Cinema: The Greatest Showman'Rewrite the Stars' this summer with an open air screening of 'The Greatest Showman' at Leeds Castle.
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Saturday, 1st August 2020 - Saturday, 1st August 2020

Open Air Cinema: GreaseGrab your 50s outfits and sing-along to the iconic songs with Sandy and Danny for an open air cinema screening of 'Grease'.
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Saturday, 12th September 2020 - Wednesday, 16th September 2020

Festival of FlowersSee the castle rooms decorated by an impressive line-up of international award-winning floral designers.
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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:

  • DonnaWashington
    Always a winner. See my detailed review as to why a visit to Leeds Castle is always a good idea & consistently delivers
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th January 2020
    I’ve literally been going to Leeds Castle my whole life, having been brought up not so far away. We would go regularly and hence I have many fond memories of visits there. I’ve to admit there was... Read full review
  • 939lynnw
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    Great day, superb caring staff
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 25th January 2020
    Visited today (25.01.20), with two little girls 2 & 5 years, staff incredibly kind and caring in the restaurant. So impressed how thoughtful the staff were, just complete caring attitude. The... Read full review
  • Mark G
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    Superb weekend
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th January 2020
    Absolutely fantastic place to stay and visit. Be aware that the entrance is a tiny road off the A20 and is easy to miss (we did). Once on site the view of the castle when you first arrive 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
2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 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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