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Discover almost 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.

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

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Explorers at Leeds Castle24th to 25th March


Circus Fun at Easter30th March to 2nd April


Easter Quest30th March to 15th April


The Diamond Heist Murder Mystery – Castle House Party28th April


Motors by the Moat12th to 13th May

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Delicious dining options throughout the grounds


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

Holiday Cottages

Historic properties located within the Leeds Castle Estate

Bed and Breakfast

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

Knight’s Glamping

Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday in one of our eight splendid striped pavilions

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Country House Venue Opening in May 2018


Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions


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


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


Celebrate a special occasion with fine dining and first class service.

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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Festival of Flowers - Preview 2018

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Leeds Castle News

  • Leeds Castle Joins Campaign to Promote Dementia Awareness

    Leeds Castle has been accredited as a ‘Working towards becoming Dementia Friendly’ organisation by the Dementia Action Alliance; a nation-wide programme working to change the world’s perception of dementia. 

    The Castle was awarded the title after 85 members of its staff successfully became ‘Dementia Friends’ by attending the dementia information sessions held by Leeds Castle’s Training Officer. Set up by Alzheimer’s Society, the Dementia Friends programme aims to transform the way the world thinks, acts and talks about the condition through face-to-face information sessions and videos. Leeds Castle’s Staff Training Officer Rachel Holliday - who is also a volunteer ‘Dementia Champion’ trained by Alzheimer’s Society - began leading the information sessions for staff back in 2017. She has so far held an impressive total of 27 talks at the Castle. 

    “Our staff may regularly encounter people living with the disease in their day to day life, but also whilst meeting members of the public when working at the Castle,” says Rachel. 

     “Dementia Friends is a great way to increase their understanding of dementia but also to learn the practical ways in which they can support someone, and to help them provide excellent customer service. A number of staff who came into the information sessions had relatives or friends who were living with dementia. Many commented on how useful they found the session and it really made them think about how it might feel for someone to be living with dementia.” 

    Across the 27 sessions, staff members were taught what it’s like to live with dementia, and how they can help and support any Castle visitors living with dementia. Staff who have attended the sessions get a ‘Dementia Friends’ badge, which they can wear on their uniform to promote even more awareness. Leeds Castle will also be holding more Dementia Friends Information Sessions for its staff later in the year, particularly throughout Dementia Friends Week from 21st – 27th May. 

    The initiative aims to show how everyone can help, with the message that every action counts; from telling friends about the programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Visit the Dementia Friends website here for more information or to book yourself onto one of the public sessions currently running across England and Wales.

  • Sir Roger Bannister

    It is with great sadness that we learnt this week of the passing of Sir Roger Bannister, who served as a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation from 1985 until 2010.

    His medical background and experience meant that he was ideally suited to assist the Foundation with facilitating and organising medical conferences held at Leeds Castle that would examine and address various challenges that arose in the NHS.

    During his 25 years of service, his expertise and knowledge ensured the success of the Foundation and realised Lady Baillie’s wishes that the Castle be of use to the advancement of medical science.

    You can read more about Sir Roger Bannister’s time as a Trustee at Leeds Castle in his book ‘Twin Tracks: The Autobiography’.

  • Leeds Castle Wins Sandford Award for Education

    Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

    The annual awards focus on curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites, and in 2017 Leeds Castle received the award for their educational workshops and tours. The head judge of the awards described the workshops as, “a service which goes from strength to strength. The programme is varied and interesting with strong links to the National Curriculum and with clear aims and objectives. It is firmly grounded in the Castle’s long and varied history and the workshops are delivered by knowledgeable and well-trained staff.”

    Leeds Castle welcomed over 14,000 children from 320 schools in 2017 – a significant increase from the previous year. For several years now Castle staff have delivered these educational sessions and talks to schools visiting from the UK, Europe and all over the world, and the sessions are continuing to grow in popularity thanks to their themed educational topics and fun-packed itineraries.

    Of the 12 workshops and talks available, the most popular by far in 2017 was the Swan Princess workshop, which 90 schools chose to do. The Swan Princess is a workshop appropriate for all levels of Key Stage 1, and is told by members of the Leeds Castle Education team while pupils dress up as the characters in a story and act it out at their own level. Other workshops that were extremely popular last year were The Potted History of Leeds Castle, Field of Cloth of Gold, From Cave to Castle and Sybil.

    As part of Leeds Castle’s charitable mission, they offer special subsidised rates to schools from Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and London.

  • Leeds Castle Donate their Highest Ever Amount of Shoeboxes to the Mustard Seed Relief Mission

    Staff at Leeds Castle this year have donated a grand total of 62 gift-filled shoeboxes to under-privileged children in Romania and Ukraine, as part of a charitable activity headed by the Mustard Seed Relief Mission. The ‘Love in a Box’ shoeboxes are part of a mission to send gifts and toys to under-privileged children in Eastern Europe. This year was the highest ever donated by Castle staff, who have donated shoeboxes for almost 10 years.

    Containing toys, books, hats, scarves and many more items, the shoeboxes are sent every year in October to ensure they are delivered to children in time for Christmas. Leeds Castle is just one of many organisations who volunteer to collect and pack selected gifts into the shoeboxes, and around 30,000 shoeboxes are sent each year to thousands of children.

    Lisa Smart, Head of the Trustees for the Mustard Seed Relief Mission, says although the charity has been running for 27 years, the need for donations are as important as ever before.

    “We send the boxes to orphanages in Romania, Ukraine, and to churches in Moldova”, says Smart. “It is truly heart-breaking to see some of the children over there. Our shoeboxes are sometimes the only gifts they receive that year, so the children really look forward to it.”

    For every shoebox donated, one child is guaranteed their own individual box full of gifts. This element of the Mustard Seed’s operation is one of the best known, and the donations mean thousands of underprivileged children will have at least one thing to open this Christmas season.

    And Smart believes the charitable act provides children with more than just a day of happiness.

    “Sometimes they even keep the shoeboxes with them until the following year,” Smart says. “We once also collected shoeboxes that were ready to be delivered from a private school in London. A teaching assistant at the school came out as we were collecting the boxes, and said that she actually remembered receiving her own shoebox as a child, many, many years ago, and look where she is now. The shoeboxes really do provide them with hope.”

    If you wish to get involved with the mission next year, visit for more information.

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