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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 February, 3rd to 4th March, 10th to 11th March, 17th to 18th March, 24th to 25th March


Mother's Day High Tea at Castle View Restaurant10th to 11th March


Wedding Showcase17th to 18th March


Circus Fun at Easter30th March to 2nd April


Easter Quest30th March to 15th April

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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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Leeds Castle Triathlon - Preview 2018

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Festival of Flowers - Preview 2018

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Leeds Castle News

  • 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.

  • Leeds Castle voted Heritage Wedding Venue of the Year

    Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ in the Heritage category at the 2017 Kent Wedding Awards. The awards are unique to Kent and focus totally on the couples, venues, services and suppliers involved in organising weddings within the county.

    Judges commented that Leeds Castle “leaves no stone unturned when it comes to customer care. A beautiful venue that offers choice, glamour, and fabulous added extras - all of which are delivered by a proactive, talented and professional team”.

    Known as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle was up against some of the most popular historic wedding venues in Kent, but the judges were looking for the venue that really 'goes the extra mile' for the couple.

    Hospitality Business Manager, Debbie Matthews said:

    “Winning the historic venue award is an accolade we are very proud of, Leeds Castle is a magical venue for a wedding celebration. It takes more than looks to be an award winning venue, we look after the couple and their families during the months of planning and throughout the day to ensure we have exceeded their expectations and given them a day they will never forget”.

    The 12th Century Leeds Castle offers a beautiful historic venue for weddings set in 500 acres of Kentish parkland. The magnificent state rooms provide the perfect setting for each stage of a perfect wedding day. Wedding couples can choose to host an exclusive Castle Island Wedding with the option to close the entire island to day visitors with access to the Maiden’s Tower and Castle from 4.30pm.

    Ceremonies take place in the 1930s designed Ceremony Room adjoining the Library, ideal for Champagne drinks receptions. The daylight streaming through the beautiful long French window and soft colours of the room bring a sense of calm to the ceremony. A banquet-style wedding breakfast is served in the largest room of the Castle, the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. The room boasts impressive views across the moat and features a grand 16th century French Caen stone fireplace.

    Guests retire after dinner to the opulent Castle Drawing Rooms and continue celebrations with dancing in the Heraldry Room before staying overnight in one of the luxurious period Castle bedrooms. For larger wedding breakfasts and evening celebrations the 17th Century Fairfax Barn affords stunning views of the 12th Century Castle lit up at night.

    To find out more about Weddings at Leeds Castle visit or to book your private wedding show around contact the Weddings Team on 01622 767877.

  • Leeds Castle Awarded Coach Friendly Status

    Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT UK).

    CPT UK awards this status to attractions and locations across the country that understand the needs of coach companies and their passengers, and offer the best facilities, access and information for coach drivers.

    Leeds Castle offers something for groups to discover every day. Open all year, there is a seasonal programme of activities including falconry displays, punting on the moat, themed tours of the Castle and walks with one of the gardeners. There are also new specialist talks for groups to pre-book covering a variety of fascinating topics.

    For almost 900 years Leeds Castle, set within 500 acres of beautiful Kent parkland, has attracted crusaders and kings, courtiers and queens, witches and villains, world statesmen and icons of the silver screen. Today, everyone can connect their dreams of romance, excitement and glamour to this legendary castle with a rich variety of attractions and activities on offer for group visits.

    For more information on Leeds Castle group visits contact 01622 767865 or visit the website:

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