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Leeds Castle

Maidstone

Kent

ME17 1PL

51.248766, 0.630642

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01622 765400

01622 767865

www.leeds-castle.com

enquiries@leeds-castle.com

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.

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.

Events
Mother's Day Afternoon Tea in the Maiden's Tower

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea in the Maiden's Tower

26th March 2017

Take tea in style in the 16th Century Maiden’s Tower with a menu inspired by Lady Baillie’s chef de patisserie, Maurice Sauget. Enjoy the decadence of afternoon tea following in the footsteps of many glamourous women such as Princess Marina of Greece, the Duchess of Argyll and Wallace Simpson who attended the Castle’s lavish weekend house parties in the 1930s.

Enjoy a selection of teas and coffee, traditional finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit scones served with Cornish clotted cream and Tiptree Jam and a selection of fine handmade cakes. For that extra special sparkle, add a glass of Prosecco or make it a ‘Pimms O’clock’ occasion.

Afternoon Tea £19.95 per person
Prosecco £6 per glass
Pimms £4.95 per glass
Available at 2pm or 4pm pre-bookable via 01622 767789.
A small gift for Mum is included with all bookings.
An admission ticket to Leeds Castle is also required for each person.

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Mother's Day Traditional Roast Lunch

Mother's Day Traditional Roast Lunch

26th March 2017

Treat the whole family to a traditional roast lunch following by a delicious dessert in the 17th Century oak beamed Fairfax Restaurant, combining a day out at Leeds Castle with a breath taking view during your Mother’s Day meal. A family of four can enjoy a whole roasted chicken with garlic and thyme roasted potatoes, buttered Savoy cabbage and roasted root vegetables in a red wine gravy. Alternatively enjoy a half roasted chicken for two. To follow, enjoy Kentish Mayde apple pie and custard.

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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.

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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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Motors by the Moat

Motors by the Moat

6th May 2017 to 7th May 2017

Motors by the Moat is the ultimate weekend for anyone with a passion for cars. Get up close to hundreds of vintage, high performance and classic cars from around the world including a World War Two themed section. The cars will be displayed on the Castle lawns with plenty of other entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

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Chelsea Fringe - Inside Out

Chelsea Fringe - Inside Out

20th May 2017 to 4th June 2017

See the Leeds Castle Gardens in miniature with an alternative twist during the Chelsea Fringe, the fringe to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Fringe features a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations, covering everything that could be conceivably linked with gardens, plants, landscape and environment. This year, the gardeners of Leeds Castle are turning their world ‘inside out’ and reinventing the garden shed with a miniature recreation of the Leeds Castle Gardens on the inside, and the tools of their trade on the outside.

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Grand Medieval Joust

Grand Medieval Joust

27th May 2017 to 29th May 2017

Step back in time to the Middle Ages and see fully armoured jousters battling it out in an authentic jousting competition. Enjoy living history encampments, firepower and trebuchet demonstrations and mounted skill at arms displays.

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