Leeds Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Leeds, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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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, 6th November 2021 - Sunday, 7th November 2021

Fireworks at Leeds CastleLeeds Castle Fireworks SpectacularThe biggest and best pyrotechnic display in the South East of England returns for 2021! This incredibly popular event combines fireworks to make you ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ and music that you will want to sing and dance along to, whilst lighting up the night sky high above the historic Castle for two…
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Saturday, 27th November 2021 - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

Christmas at the CastleChristmas at the CastleThis Christmas visit ‘the loveliest Castle in the world’ for a festive family day out. See the magnificent Castle rooms beautifully displayed with glittering decorations and take part in seasonal activities throughout the grounds. Included with the price of admission.
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Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Saturday, 11th December 2021

Friday, 17th December 2021 - Saturday, 18th December 2021

Christmas in the Fairfax HallChristmas Dining in the Fairfax Hall 2021Celebrate the Christmas season with your friends, colleagues or clients in the beautiful 17th Century oak-beamed Fairfax Hall, a wonderful setting decorated in true festive tradition with spectacular views across the moat to the Castle. The party atmosphere begins with a glass of sparkling wine,…
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Sunday, 12th December 2021 - Sunday, 12th December 2021

Sunday, 19th December 2021 - Sunday, 19th December 2021

Leeds Castle at ChristmasChristmas Murder Mysteries in the Castle 2021There's been a murder but who could have done it and why? As actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in one of two truly spectacular evenings set in the style of either a pantocrime or at the auction of the highly valuable Thornley-Cruttock jewel collection, where you decide just how…
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Friday, 31st December 2021 - Friday, 31st December 2021

Dining in the Fairfax HallNew Year's Eve in the Fairfax Hall 2021Wave goodbye to 2021 and celebrate the start of the New Year at 'the loveliest castle in the world'. The evening begins with a chilled glass of Champagne served in the Terrace Room of the 17th Century Fairfax Hall with spectacular views of the 900 year old Castle across the moat. A delicious…
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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:

    • alex_stratievskiy
      London, United Kingdom
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      Family
      Used to be amazing, now just terrible. Horrible food & service. Do not care about customers!
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 10th October 2021
      We have been visiting leeds castle as a family for the last 15 years very frequently. Recently the process have risen, however the service has fallen terribly!!! Me, my wife and my young son have... Read full review
    • Ann P
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      Beautiful house and grounds
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 12th October 2021
      Beautiful historic building with lots of information from way back to present day. Grounds are beautiful and well kept with the added fun of the adventure golf, and a lovely reasonably priced cream... Read full review
    • ritar254
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      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 13th October 2021
      I booked last year for august for my husbands birthday, I cancelled booking due to my dad being ill, staff were very supportive, I rescheduled my booking for mt wedding anniversary again I wanted to... 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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