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Discover almost 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens at "the loveliest Castle in the world".

The whole family will enjoy the maze and grotto, thrilling falconry displays, punting on the moat, adventure playgrounds and more!

What’s On

Sunday Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Every Sunday from 7th October until 24th February

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The Halloween Monster Quest22nd to 28th October

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Leeds Castle Fireworks House Party 20183rd and 4th November 2018

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Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular3rd & 4th November

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Christmas Wreath Making Workshop13th to 15th November

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FOOD AND DRINK

Delicious dining options throughout the grounds

ACCOMMODATION

Come and stay in the grounds of “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

Holiday Cottages


Historic properties located within the Leeds Castle Estate
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Bed and Breakfast

Twenty two luxury en-suite bedrooms within the Maiden’s Tower and Stable Courtyard
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Knight’s Glamping

Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday in one of our eight splendid striped pavilions
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Leeds Castle's New 5 Star Country House Venue

Available for Christmas and New Year 2018 Bookings

HOSPITALITY

Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions

Weddings

Say 'I do' in the most romantic of settings, "the loveliest castle in the world".
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Conferences

Let us cater for all your business needs in a choice of historic venues. 
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Banquets


Celebrate a special occasion with fine dining and first class service.
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Leeds Castle's Big 900 Story Writing Challenge

Children all over Britain are invited to join in celebrating Leeds Castle's 900th birthday by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by our judges, including renowned broadcaster and children’s author Clare Balding, will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra and only opened again in 100 years’ time.

Clare Balding Entries will be sought in two age brackets: 5 to 9 years and 10 to 13 years. The winning children, with their family, will be invited to a very special Awards Day here at Leeds Castle in 2019 to meet Clare Balding and will win a basket of prizes. They will also be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony with Royalty later in the summer.

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    The Leeds Castle Foundation

    Upon her death in 1974, Lady Baillie left the Castle to the Leeds Castle Foundation, a private charity whose aim is to preserve the Castle and its grounds for the benefit of the public in perpetuity. In accordance with her wishes, the Castle is kept as a living house, with bedrooms that regularly accommodate guests at weddings, conferences and banquets.

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    Restoration & Conservation

    On-going maintenance and restoration work at the 12th Century Leeds Castle, requires care, expertise and money. As a charitable foundation, all profits go toward this endeavour and we are grateful to every visitor who contributes to this effort by purchasing a ticket or staying here in one of the many cottages or bed and breakfast rooms. Over the past five years money raised through our visitors has helped re-point the oldest parts of the Castle; improve accessibility for all and provide educational visits for over 50,000 children a year.

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    • Leeds Castle Welcomes Madam Vice President of Indonesia

      We were delighted to receive a very special visit from Mudifah Kalla, the Madam Vice President of Indonesia, during this year’s Festival of Flowers, September 2018. 

      Not only were we pleased that the Madam Vice President chose to visit the county of Kent during her time in the United Kingdom, but we were honoured that she chose to see the beauty of the Festival of Flowers at the Castle. 

      Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle, spoke of the visit: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Mrs Kalla to Leeds Castle and, we do not underestimate the honour that she bestowed on us in selecting this place to visit.” 

      During the visit, we were able to show Mudifah Kalla and her team around both the Castle’s extravagant floral displays and the formal gardens around the estate.

      “Madam Vice President enjoyed the Castle and the garden very much,” the First Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy told us. 

      “It is our great pleasure to visit Leeds Castle. On behalf of Madam Vice President and her team as well as Indonesian Embassy-London, the United Kingdom, we would like to thank you for your warm welcome, hospitality and the whole organization of the visit. The visit is memorable and she carried the sweet memory home with her.” 

      (It’s worth noting that the Madam Vice President’s visit came prior to the very tragic tsunami event that has occurred in Indonesia since then). 


    • A Fashionably Floral Week at Leeds Castle

      Over 150 guests toasted the launch of the Festival of Flowers last Friday, kick starting what has been an incredible week full of floral extravaganza at Leeds Castle. 

      Themed this year to ‘Ladies Day’, a host of award-winning International designers took inspiration from high fashion and high-stakes horse racing to dress 23 areas around the Castle in floral finery from 15th – 20th September

      Members of the press, local dignitaries, VIP overnight guests, floral designers and staff alike were treated to a very special preview of the Festival of Flowers on the 14th September, the day before the festival officially opened to the public. Special guests included MP Helen Grant, Mayor of Maidstone Cllr David Naghi, and writers from popular media publications such as BBC Gardeners’ World and The Lady magazine. Those attending were even encouraged to don their best ‘ascot’ or ‘floral’ themed hats - with a special prize awarded for the best headpiece! 

      Guests arrived in the late afternoon for a gardens tour provided by the Castle’s Head Gardener, Andrew McCoryn, followed by a reception on the Castle Island, joined by this year’s talented floral designers. As the crowd gathered around the Castle’s front door, underneath a glorious ‘Tea in the Meadow’ display by Dean Sharpe Floral Studio, Chief Executive Sir David Steel and TV personality Joe Swift cut the ribbon to the event, officially marking its opening. 

      Now in its sixth consecutive year, this year’s Festival of Flowers was also open to all visitors to the Castle, from 15th – 20th September. 

      Designers from this year’s festival included Angelica Lacarbonara from Italy, who created a Charleston dress using flowers in Lady Baillie’s bedroom; renowned designer Dennis Kneepkens from Amsterdam who designed an enchanting, forest fairy-tale with winding trees and arches for visitors to walk under; Dr Solomon Leong from Hong Kong who depicted femininity of ancient China; and Philip Hammond from The Dorchester Hotel, who created an elaborate entrance across the bridge to the Castle using scented Meijer Roses.

       

    • Clare Balding Announced as Judge for Big 900 Story Writing Challenge

      Leeds Castle will soon be inviting children all over Britain to celebrate its 900th anniversary by entering an exciting story writing competition; ‘Leeds Castle’s ‘Big 900’ Story Writing Challenge’. 

      The Castle is also delighted to announce that renowned broadcaster and author Clare Balding will be the official judge for the challenge, along with Chief Executive Sir David Steel and Helen Ellis, Head of Education. 

      One of Britain’s leading and BAFTA-winning broadcasters, Clare Balding is also a best-selling and award-winning author of five books. Clare has released two children’s books titled ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’ and ‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’. 

      For the competition, children from two age groups (5-9 years and 10-13 years) will be encouraged to write a fictional story of up to 900 words based loosely around the theme of ‘castles’ and/or ‘time travel’. Entries will be accepted online from September 5th 2018. 

      The two winning stories will be placed within a time capsule and buried in front of the Castle, only to be opened 100-years from now at the Castle’s millennium. The ten finalists from each category, along with their families, will also be invited to a very special Awards Day at Leeds Castle on 30th May 2019, when the winners will be announced by Clare Balding. The two lucky winners will also receive a hamper of prizes, including a stay at Knight’s Glamping, and be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony on 25th June 2019, with HRH Princess Alexandra. Runners up will receive smaller prizes. 

      Helen Ellis, Head of Education at Leeds Castle, said: “We are delighted that Clare Balding will be joining us as an official judge for the Big 900 Story Challenge. We have so much planned for the Castle’s 900th Anniversary, and the story challenge is a fantastic way to kick-start the celebrations. The story writing competition is also a great way to encourage the younger generation to get involved in both literacy and history, and the Castle judges are looking forward to reading the creative stories that children from all round the country will be sending in.” 

      Budding young writers have until 12pm on 5th March 2019 to submit their stories. 

      Further information and terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.leeds-castle.com/Education/Big+900+Story+Writing+Challenge/Big+900+Story+Writing+Challenge+Rules

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    • Leeds Castle Maze Turns 30

      It’s a landmark year for Leeds Castle’s yew-tree maze, as this month we are celebrating its 30th birthday! 

      Created in 1988 by the world’s leading maze designer Adrian Fisher, the Leeds Castle maze is made up of over 2,400 yew trees. It is also the only one to have even baffled its creator - upon opening it to the public in 1988, even he couldn’t find his way out. Adrian described the maze afterwards as “so difficult a puzzle that even a maze designer could get lost!” 

      Today, the attraction is still one of the country’s most popular and complicated mazes, and when viewed from the centre, the shape mirrors a Queen’s crown. Despite being set in a square shape, the pattern within the maze is circular, which adds to the difficulty of solving it. To exit, you venture through a mysterious underground shell grotto, twisting and turning through a unique combination of tunnels. 

      In this milestone year for the maze, Leeds Castle’s Head Gardener Andrew McCoryn and his team have discovered a new method of keeping the maze hedges trimmed and looking their best… stilts! The process of trimming its hedges would usually take the Leeds Castle Gardening team around five weeks to complete, but with the new addition of spring-loaded plasterer stilts to walk on, the job can now be completed in just five days. 

      Also to celebrate the maze’s 30th birthday, Leeds Castle invites all visitors during the entire month of August to take part in ‘The Maze Challenge’. 

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