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Welcome to Leeds Castle, Kent

  • WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A QUEEN
  • WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A QUEEN
  • WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A QUEEN
  • LOSE YOURSELF IN CENTURIES OF HISTORY
  • LOSE YOURSELF IN CENTURIES OF HISTORY
  • ESCAPE ORDINARY
    FOR A DAY
  • ESCAPE ORDINARY
    FOR A DAY
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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

Dawn Chorus Walk25th May

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Grand Medieval Joust26th to 28th May

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Glorious Gardens Tour20th June, 18th July, 22nd August, 19th September

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Leeds Castle Triathlon23rd to 24th June

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Junior Aquathlon23rd June

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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 Country House Venue

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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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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LATEST VIDEOS

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Motors by the Moat - Preview 2018

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Grand Medieval Joust - Preview 2018

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Leeds Castle Classical Concert 2018 - Preview Video 1

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Festival of Flowers - Preview 2018

Leeds Castle News

  • Leeds Castle Unveils New Venue Battel Hall

    Leeds Castle has officially announced the launch of their exclusive new venue Battel Hall. Opening its doors on an exclusive hire basis for the first time in its near 700-year history, the 14th century country-house is now available to book for countryside escapes, intimate weddings and celebrations. 

    Emerging from an extensive two-year restoration, Battel Hall is a fine example of Kentish architecture of the middle ages, and much of the property’s original features remain. From the arrow-slit windows, intricately carved stone corbels and rare decorative laver (or basin) just inside the front door, its distinctive character and historical features have been conserved and amplified by the work of interior designer Francesca Rowan Plowden, who has helped transform the property into a stylish manor. But perhaps Battel Hall’s most unusual feature is the medieval ‘retable’ in the hallway – a replica of the same painting that was discovered during Battel Hall’s restoration. The painting displays seven saintly figures; each bearing deliberate damage to their faces, and is one of only six known extant painted alter pieces of the medieval period. The original painting has since been restored at Cambridge University and is now on public display in the Castle chapel. 

    The team at Leeds Castle were pleased to hold Battel Hall’s first launch event for bloggers and journalists on Friday 20th April, some of whom were lucky enough to be the first to stay in the property after its refurbishment; Hotel Expert Fiona Duncan even went on to label Battel Hall an "enchanting, calming and spoiling house", in her recent article for The Telegraph. Those attending the launch enjoyed insightful talks from the Castle’s curator, Annie Kemkaran-Smith, and Battel Hall’s interior designer, Francesca. 

    We always hoped to create a level of 5-star luxury with the interiors at Battel Hall,” said Francesca. “However, I was keen for it not to feel intimidating or have a lack of soul. I hope that the house feels like a welcoming home away from home – but yet a treat to stay in.” 

    Battel Hall is available for weddings, events and exclusive hire – be it for an idyllic weekend away in the country or for a celebration with friends and family. Sat on the edge of the Leeds Castle estate, guests will have access to the Castle’s parkland, formal gardens, thrilling falconry displays, maze, punting on the moat, and much more. With five en-suite bedrooms, three glorious reception rooms, a marquee terrace and beautifully landscaped gardens, the property truly epitomises traditional English country-house style. 

    To make an enquiry for Battel Hall exclusive hire, weddings or corporate retreats, please email battelhall@leeds-castle.co.uk or call 01622 767877. For more information and images please visit: www.battelhall.com


  • Classic Mary Berry at Leeds Castle

    Leeds Castle’s Festival of Flowers made a vibrant appearance in this week’s episode of ‘Classic Mary Berry’, aired on BBC1 Monday 19th March. 

    The episode featured Mary Berry’s visit to the Castle last September during the annual Festival of Flowers event, which saw over 14,000 people visit the Castle to see spectacular floral arrangements. Throughout the episode, the doyenne of baking helped Floral Designer Simon Lycett and his team transform the Castle’s Henry VIII Banqueting Hall into the most incredible setting for a ‘fantastical and fulsome feast’. 

    For the arrangement, Simon used an abundance of seasonal British foliage and flowers combined with exotic blooms; mixing a palette of soft blush, deep burnt umber and gold hues. Finishing off the display with sparkling crystals, a myriad of flickering candles, sweet meats and cakes fit for a King or Queen, the dinner table was a huge success with Mary Berry, who also helped Simon create some floral treats. 

    Admiring the event’s displays, Mary said, “I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s absolutely breath-taking. The attention to detail here deserves all the appreciation it gets.” 

     The Festival of Flowers in 2017 followed the theme of the Enchanted Castle, with the Castle’s decorated pathways leading to rooms full of colourful floral designs inspired by fairy tales. The event takes place each September at Leeds Castle and in 2018 will run from the 15th to the 20th. Visitors will be able to see incredible floral displays, take part in specialist talks, demonstrations and pre-bookable floral workshops.

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  • 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’.

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