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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

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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
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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Leeds Castle Classical Concert

Leeds Castle Classical Concert

8th July 2017

Heritage Events presents one of the most magnificent and memorable summer evenings in the Kent event calendar. Bring a picnic and be entertained by field cannons, fireworks and much loved classical music performed by Tenor Anthony Flaum, Soprano Katie Bird and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Rigby at the 39th Leeds Castle Classical Concert. Award-winning law firm Brachers are sponsors of this year's event.

Tickets:
Tickets: Picnic Style £42, Seated £53 (prices valid until 31st May)
Tickets: Picnic Style £44, Seated £54 (prices valid 1st June onwards)

Book online or call Heritage Events on 0845 652 62 62 (line open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm)

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Opera in the Castle: Il Matrimonio Segreto

Opera in the Castle: Il Matrimonio Segreto

18th July 2017 to 19th July 2017

Il matrimonio segreto is an 18th-century Italian comic opera by Domenico Cimarosa featuring music influenced by Mozart. Filled with comic intrigues and confusions, the story is about following your heart, and makes a perfect summer pop-up opera filled with humour, sparkle and fun.

Tickets £25
Doors open at 6.30pm, performance begins at 7.30pm.
Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

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Open Air Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

Open Air Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

22nd July 2017

The Royal Navy Theatre Association return with their version of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays: Romeo and Juliet. With the Castle as a backdrop, the Pavilion Lawn will offer a romantic yet relaxed setting to this well-loved, tragic love story. The cast hope to welcome Shakespeare fans new and old to this special one night performance at Leeds Castle.
Adults £12; Concession/Child £10; Under 4s free.
Doors open 6.30pm, performance begins at 7.30pm.
Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

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The Junk Orchestra

The Junk Orchestra

5th August 2017 to 6th August 2017

Join The Junk Orchestra on a supersonic journey of the UK’s finest recycled objects in this show for the whole family in the Maze area from 11am – 4pm. Learn how to build an orchestra, shake it to a recycled rave and join the band for a recycled rock concert.

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Open Air Theatre: Hamlet

Open Air Theatre: Hamlet

5th August 2017

Never out of season or fashion, The Changeling Theatre presents Hamlet, an epic story of human mortality and struggle and a brilliant, relevant Shakespeare play for modern times.

Adult £20; Child (10-17yrs) £10
Doors Open 6.30pm, Performance begins at 7.15pm.
Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

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Heroes, Heroines and Hoods

Heroes, Heroines and Hoods

12th August 2017 to 13th August 2017

The stories of legends, of Kings and Queens and other historical heroes are brought vividly and often hilariously to life in this interactive children’s theatre with a difference. Have a go at circus skills before and after the show including stilts, juggling, hula-hoops, diabolos, spinning plates and juggling machines.

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Children's Theatre: Wind in the Willows

Children's Theatre: Wind in the Willows

17th August 2017 to 18th August 2017

Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. Pack your picnic for the perfect summer treat for all the family from The Immersion Theatre.

Adults £15; Concessions/Child £12; Under 3s free.
Doors Open 5.30pm, Performance begins at 6pm.
Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

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Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

19th August 2017 to 20th August 2017

Mr Alexander brings his amazing Travelling Show to Leeds Castle for the first time. A traditional vintage style family variety show with three different programmes per day including magic, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion performed on a traditional theatre stage which has the flavour of a Victorian Theatre.

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Leeds Castle Mystery Quest

Leeds Castle Mystery Quest

21st August 2017 to 25th August 2017

Follow the clues to uncover the mystery as you join in interactive family fun on a Mystery Quest which takes you across the Estate from the Woodland Walk to the Castle, through the Gardens to the Maze and beyond.

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The Creation Station

The Creation Station

26th August 2017 to 28th August 2017

During the August Bank Holiday Weekend children will be inspired and enthralled by four fun activities from creative play on The Cube, a brightly coloured cube featuring interactive cartoons, to 3D clay painting with The Amazing Scene Machine to creating a giant butterfly in the Big Art workshop and making bugs and birds in the Make and Take Workshop.

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