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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leeds Castle Triathlon

Leeds Castle Triathlon

24th June 2017 to 25th June 2017

Swim… Bike… Run… the most exhilarating way to experience “The Loveliest Castle in the World”. The great sport of Triathlon returns to Kent’s 12th Century Castle for its 4th consecutive year. Complete an open water swim in the moat, road cycle and cross country run around the estate.

24th June – Sprint Tri (750m/26k/5k) & Junior Aquathlon
25th June – Standard Tri (1500m/40k/10k)

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