Castle / Fort
Just 4 miles south of Maidstone, Leeds Castle is one of the best preserved historic castles in South East England, as well as one of the most iconic.
The castle is set in over 500 acres of lush green parkland and is ideal for long relaxing strolls and picnics. Dating back to 1119, Leeds Castle has been altered, rebuilt and added to over the past 900 years.
You'll find medieval gatehouses and Norman foundations, Tudor towers and a Gloriette updated during Henry VIII's reign, as well as 19th century additions. All of this was lovingly restored during the mid 20th Century by Lady Baillie, the last private owner of Leeds Castle.
Not only was the stonework revived to its former glory, but Lady Baillie also filled Leeds Castle with a stunning and somewhat eclectic range of antiques, paintings and tapestries. Not surprisingly, this opulent home used to be a hit with film stars, royalty and politicians who were frequently invited to the many parties.
There are also plenty of attractions to keep the kids and everyone else entertained for an entire day. There's a child-sized maze, a castle-themed playground, open-air concerts, falconry exhibitions, a grotto, restaurants and cafés.
There is also a scenic pay-and-play golf course nearby, as well as hot air balloon flights across this lovely stretch of Kent countryside.
- Green Tourism Business Scheme - Green Tourism Business Scheme Awaiting Grading 2007
- Visit England Awards - Code of Practice 2012
- Tourism South East Award - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Highly Commended 2010
|Open New Year|
|2014 (01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014)|
* Castle opens: 10:30am
Castle closed: Closed 13 July, 9 & 10 November and Christmas Day 2013. Please check online.
Last admission - 4.30pm
Shop open - 10am – 5:30pm
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult Annual Ticket||£21.00|
|Child Annual Ticket||£13.50|
|Concession Annual Ticket||£18.50|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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