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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.

Birds, Bugs & Beasts at Half Term

Birds, Bugs & Beasts at Half Term

11th February 2017 to 19th February 2017

Rely on Leeds Castle to keep your children entertained and enthralled with Birds, Bugs and Beasts this half term. Come face to face with birds of prey and stroke their soft feathers; get up close to a host of reptiles and learn more about the lives of creepy crawlies!

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