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Leeds Castle



ME17 1PL

51.248766, 0.630642


01622 765400

01622 767865

Leeds Castle Overview

Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and a programme of events awaits every visitor.

During your visit explore the gardens and grounds, children can let off steam in one of our playgrounds, get lost in the maze, watch a falconry display or take a ride on Elsie the Castle Land Train or the Black Swan Ferry Boat.

Enjoy lunch in the Fairfax Restaurant or visit one of our shops, to browse a wide range of unusual gifts for the whole family and purchase a souvenir from your day.

During its 900 year history, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval Queens and a palace used by Henry VIII. In the 1930s the castle was a playground for the rich and famous, as Lady Baillie, the last private owner, entertained high society down from London for the weekends.

Today the interior offers visitors a glimpse of its rich past with a fine collection of art, porcelain and furniture.

Leeds Castle Location

By Road

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. Dartford River Crossing 30 minutes. Clearly sign posted from all routes - following the brown and white tourist signs.

SatNav users - If you are using a satellite navigation system, then please follow the brown and white tourist signs once you reach the A20 as your navigation system may incorrectly direct you to a private entrance where you will be redirected. Alternatively please use the following post code: ME17 1PB

By Train

Southeastern runs frequent services to and from Bearsted and a coach shuttle service run by Spot Travel is available from the station from March to October. Taxis are also available. However, if you are bringing a bicycle on the train, or fancy a three mile walk, you may prefer to use Hollingbourne Station which is closer but unmanned.

Coach tours from London

Sightseeing tours from London and all areas of the South East are operated on a year round basis.

Other Transport

- 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.

Easter Quest

Easter Quest

1st April 2017 to 17th April 2017

Seek out Easter clues hidden around the Leeds Castle grounds on a fun Easter quest for all the family. Answer all the questions and receive a chocolatey treat at the end.

Easter Adventures with Robin Hoodie and Maid Marion

Easter Adventures with Robin Hoodie and Maid Marion

14th April 2017 to 17th April 2017

Look out for Robin Hoodie, Maid Marion and a merry band of naughty outlaws in the grounds of Leeds Castle for a fun filled 'Walking Theatre' adventure of silliness and laughter - perfect for all the family on Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Leeds Castle is calling for Merry Men and Merry Maids to help save the day; Robin Hoodie has lost Maid Marion and Maid Marion has found the right wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, but who needs saving from whom?! Visit the Pavilion Lawn for shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm for one hour promenade style theatre shows that will take visitors on a journey through the woodland walk. Throughout the day children can enjoy making their own Robin Hoodie or Princess hats to wear on their adventure.

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