This property is NOT free for HHA Friends
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Leeds Castle


This property is NOT free for HHA Friends
Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL
tel:
01622 765400

NB this property does not offer free access to HHA Friends and Members.

Visitors never forget their first breath-taking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for over 900 years. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily events and year round attractions, it’s not just the glorious history of Leeds Castle that will ensure you want to come back time and time again.

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion and an elegant early 20th century retreat.

There are many attractions to see at Leeds Castle from the beautiful English cottage style Culpeper Garden to the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden, maze and grotto, falconry demonstrations, shops, children’s’ playgrounds and much more.

Location

6 miles East of Maidstone at junction 8 of the M20/A20, an hour from London

Visitor Opening Times

2016:
April - September: 10.30am - 6pm (last admission 4.30pm)
October - March: 10.30am - 5pm (last admission 3pm)

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS LEEDS CASTLE IS OWNED BY A REGISTERED CHARITY IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE HHA FRIENDS SCHEME AND MEMBERS & FRIENDS WILL HAVE TO PAY AN ENTRANCE FEE TO VISIT THIS PROPERTY

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Family Friendly Facilities

Listed in the Domesday Book and originally the site of a manor for the Saxon royal family, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold, royal residence for 6 of the medieval Queens of England, palace of Henry VIII and a 1920s country retreat. The Castle's last private owner, Lady Baillie, lovingly restored the Castle to its former glory and founded the Leeds Castle Foundation in 1974, a charitable trust. Today visitors can journey through 1000 years of fascinating history as they explore the castle, a treasure house of furnishings, paintings, tapestries and antiques.

Other attractions include: Knights Realm playground, Children`s turf maze, Hot air balloon, Maze, Grotto, Segways, Go Ape!, Afternoon Tea, Elsie the Castle Train, Pay and play golf course, Golf Lessons, Dog collar museum, Falconry, Hawk Walks, The Black Swan boat, Special Events, Gardens, Gift shops, Restaurant, Café, B & B Accommodation, Holiday Cottages Accommodation.

Film Locations

Leeds Castle is also a popular location for filmmakers and photographers. We can cater for both commercial and non-commercial projects and each enquiry is dealt with on an individual basis.

Filming/Productions of Interest: Queen Elizabeth - The Golden Age, The Apprentice (BBC), The Chris Moyles Show (Radio 1), T4 (Channel 4), The Antiques Roadshow (BBC)

Educational Facilities

Choose either to visit on a self-guided basis or come and do one of our nine themed workshops, each option provides a fun-packed itinerary ensuring that your class will gain the most from their day.

Enquiries & bookings - Workshop Information: helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk

Bookings: 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

All visits include access to the castle, grounds, aviary, maze and play area

Groups and special visits

Listed in the Domesday Book and originally the site of a manor for the Saxon royal family, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold, royal residence for 6 of the medieval Queens of England, palace of Henry VIII and a 1920s country retreat. The Castle's last private owner, Lady Baillie, lovingly restored the Castle to its former glory and founded the Leeds Castle Foundation in 1974, a charitable trust. Today visitors can journey through 1000 years of fascinating history as they explore the castle, a treasure house of furnishings, paintings, tapestries and antiques.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes
LunchYes
DinnerYes

Contact Details

Contact:
Reception
Address:
Leeds Castle
Town:
Maidstone
County:
Kent
Postcode:
ME17 1PL
Phone:
01622 765400


Visit www.leeds-castle.com for more information