I think the most important thing to say about Leeds Castle is that it's in Kent and nowhere near the better-known Leeds, in Yorkshire!
Another point is that it isn't a ruin; it's livable-in, if not actually lived in. So, it's more like a Stately Home than a castle. There's very little to see here in the way of weaponry and armour I don't think it was ever attacked or laid siege to.
For me, the best point is the extensive gardens which, if you don't want to walk all that way, you can view from a 'land train'.
And, if you live in England, read the fine print on your ticket, and don't throw it away. It's good for re-entry for a year and a day after its initial purchase!
Advertised as The loveliest castle in the world and it is nice, however it can be a bit expensive and its a completely naff venue for a Christmas party. We had our work do there last year and it was pretty bad, I was expecting some lovely banquet in a castle, instead we got some dry old turkey and burnt roast potatoes in some room off the gatehouse.
The food was truely awful and the drinks were expensive, it annoys me when you get charged £2 for a coke that comes out of a plastic bottle with 99p on the label (and they make no attempt to hide it by pouring it out on the bar right in front of you)
They also had Ice skating there which actually turned out to be more like Plastic sliding it was that bad.
It is a nice place and I would recommend going there for an afternoon out or going to one of the events like the hot-air ballooning or the Fireworks night just dont have a party there or eat there, you will only be dissappointed if you do.
Went to the Excalibur Fireworks display at Leed's Catle (Kent) last weekend. I can honestly say that they were the best fireworks Ive ever seen!
The tickets were a bit steep at £16 a head, but the event was on from midday, with fireworks at 5.30, so you could make a day of it. They had jousting and falconry shows which were both very entertaining.
All I would say is that the last jousting show ended about 3.45, so there wasnt much to do until the half 5 fireworks started. There are food and drinks stalls and some other bits and pieces, but after youve walked round them all, this probably took no longer than ten minutes. Im sure if the weather had of been better we wouldnt have noticed this as much, but it was shocking and we were freezing - willing the fireworks to begin! Well worth the wait though, as the display was arranged around a narrated The Legend of King Arthur tale and well selected music.
I would love to go again next year, but will probably aim to arrive just before the display starts. Will definitely go to visit the castle and grounds seperatley when the weather is better.
The only word for this castle wow! set in the beautiful surroundings of the North downs and stunning tiny villages nearby, this castle is a must visit for both tourists and local residents alike.
The grounds are, as would be expected, immaculate, free of litter and kept beautifully. The children will enjoy a ride on the small land train that runs from the car parks to the main castle and no one can fail to love a visit to the aviary.
The castle runs numerous events throughout the year, the classical concert being probably the most famous. Having visited, and worked at, approximately 3 concerts now i can vouch for how good and how well run they are.
Put some time aside one sunday and take a look for yourself, you can't fail to be impressed.
Second time have been to Leeds Castle. The grounds are gorgeous, it's lovely to have a good walk upto the castle, taking in all the scenary. The castle looks bigger than it is, as in we expected to see alot more..and wanted too! It's a pretty castle to look at.
We all loved the maze, took us forever to find the middle lol and the children found the underground part exciting. There are lots of noisey birds in the aviary and the childrens play area is good. They do an activity booklet which consists of a nature trail for children, where they can collect rubbings of leaves, birds etc, it's costs a pound from small entrance shop.
The food is overpriced as they usually are at tourist attractions, wasn't a great deal of choice. Had it of been warmer, we'd have brought a picnic as there are some stunning places to sit and eat and admire the views.
The ticket gives you unlimited visits for a year
Leeds Castle is definitely an interesting place to go.
Being a fan of reading the reading room pretty much had me drooling for a little while.
Although I am quite saddened I didn't get to see the maze the architecture and scenery alone was worth a re-visit next time I go to the U.K.
The gardens are beautiful, the rooms set up exquisitely and it is definitely a good day trip
Lovely castle and grounds. There's a maze in there that is really quite challenging so it's good fun and definitely gives a great feeling when you finally reach the centre. The inside of the castle is lovely. The price is a bit atrocious though, apparently it's gone up in the past couple years. It's now over £20 for an adult. Upside is that if you keep your ticket you can come back as many times as you like that year, but for someone who is rarely in the area, don't know if it's worth it, considering there are many castles around.
This is a nice day out for the whole family you can walk through the gardens and the mazes, go and see the flacon's and watch them being fed. Walk around the castle. Visit the souvenier shop. The only downside is the on site restaurant is quite expensive and there isn't a massive variety of food. However it is a nice day out and if you do pay to get in you get to use your ticket for the rest of the year for free
This is marketed as The Loveliest Castle in the World and it is. my friend got married here last year (I uploaded the photo of us there) and it was just magical. Very classy venue, amazing main hall seats 100 - the food was excellent quality, lots of local produce used. the setting of the main house is fabulous for a wedding (up to 100 guests) but you will need to go onto the marquee or other buildings if you are more. Surrounded by a moat it is atmospheric in the evening, and has so much to recommend it to all types.
There are things to do for children, walks and there is the castle and grounds to walk round. They are running a promotion at the moment, that if you pay once to enter the castle you can come back as many times as you like within 12 months - so if you live locally this makes it terrific value and there is certainly enough to see and do that you will want to come back a couple of times.
A really beautiful castle with stunning grounds and amazingly breathtaking vistas. We had a thoroughly great day out here, sat on the grass with a picnic and watched peacocks wander past us without a care in the world. As castles go this is one of the nicest we've been to and still very well cared for. Disabled friendly and carer gets in free which was a relief as the entrance is not cheap at all.
If you are lucky enough to live near Leeds Castle (as I am), then take advantage of the 'Key To The Castle' offer. This means that you pay the entrance fee once, and then all other visits are free for the next 12 months.
This is excellent value as you would be hard pushed to enjoy all that Leeds Castle has to offer in just one visit such as:-
- Falconry Display
- Dog Collar Museum
- Go Ape
- 9 Hole Golf Course
- Segway Rides
- Hot Air Ballooning
as well as the castle and the grounds of the 'Most beautiful castle in the World'
The gardens are beautiful, and there really is something different to see and enjoy every time you visit.
Had a nice day out on sunday over the bank holidays , its nice garden, bird aviary and to make it lovely it has a very nice restaurant and bar and small shop for ice cream and snacks and all fun place for kids
I loved it here so much, it's so much bigger than I thought it was. The tour round the castle was brilliant, I loved going from room to room seeing the history. The maze was a little frustrating when I couldn't find my way round but once I go to the middle I got to go through the grotto which was amazing. If you are after a day out where the whole family can have fun, go to Leeds Castle.
This is an attractive castle set in the Kent countryside within easy reach of the M20 motorway. Updated by Henry VIII, it has been home to royalty for over 1000 years and a visit there will take you through its history. There is so much to do here or nearby, from hot air balloon trips to a round of golf and the Go Ape tree top adventure course.
The falconry dipslay was truly spectacular and a walk around the grounds after a picnic on the grass was perfect. Take your own lunch, the cafe was disappointing and expensive. Otherwise a great day out for the whole family.
Being local to Maidstone, I overlooked Leeds castle for most of my life. Actually once I gave in and went, I realised how much I'd been missing out. This place is amazing and completely lives up to it's reputation!!
This is a such a lovely place to be and the maze make you feel dizzy if you cant find the end, its really enjoyable!!! I love the birds around the garden everything was amazing...Especially peacocks, I love it. If you have never been there, you must definitely go.
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The whole family love Leeds Castle. We are regular visitors. The pay once, get in all year idea on the tickets is great! It means we use the grounds a lot during the year. It's great for the kids with lots for them to do, from the Maze to making use of all the space to play in, and no dogs to worry about( or their mess).
As for the castle it self, it's well worth a visit. even the kids enjoy going round. Each trip finds something we hadn't seen before.
Was disappointed more recently with the Aviaries not being open to the public any more. but at least they say the birds have all gone to good homes. The Bird displays still happen during most afternoons, which are great fun and everyone enjoys.
A truly magnificent place.
Lovely surrounding gardens as well as quite a lot to do in the area. They have a lot going on in different parts throughout the year well worth a visit.
Good family day out. The gardens are lovely! I walkedround during winter during my pregnancy and it was lovley! The bird part is amusing. The maze is excellent.
This is an expensive day out, with tickets costing around £15 for adults. There is quite a lot to see with some nice walks and some rather spectaular interoirs all very well decorated. There is a quaint little eating area where you may get harrassed by peacocks, but feels very authentic and medieval. Make sure you pick a nice day since a lot of the grounds are in open areas. I recommend trying out the maze, in can be infuriating but very satisfying to finish!
Fabulous place to visit. Lovely staff. Lots to do. Amazing play area for kids and a wonderful maze for all the family. The day ticket now gets you in the rest of the year for free. its wonderful, beautiful, you have to go!
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I love this place, not only is the castle beautiful but the gardens are amazing!! Every time I go I discover something new!! It is definitely a great day out with the family.
loved it when i visited
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