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GROUNDS OPEN 10.00am

CASTLE OPEN 10.30am

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6.00pm (Apr - Sep)

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Afternoon Tea on The Castle IslandSelected dates throughout the year

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Leeds Castle's BIG Story Writing ChallengeEntry deadline: 6th March

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Half Term Explorers15th to 23rd February

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Bird of Prey Centre Behind the Scenes Tour15th to 23rd February

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Peak or Blinded 1920s Murder Mystery House Party28th March

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Extend your stay with us in one of our beautiful bed and breakfast rooms or luxurious Glamping tents. For longer holidays try one of our historic cottages or Battel Hall manor house.

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Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions

Leeds Castle News

  • Lead Judge Clare Balding on the BIG Story Writing Challenge 2020

    Think your child has what it takes to be a published author?Watch the first video in a series of clips from Clare Balding, Lead Judge of the BIG Story Writing Challenge, who will be giving exclusive tips on how to write a winning story! The winning stories from each category (5 - 9 years & 10 - 13 years) will each win a brilliant bundle of Leeds Castle prizes, including having their story illustrated and published on Fonetti.  Children aged 5 to 13 years are invited to take part in the Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing Challenge by writing an original, fictional story of no more than 900 words. Get creative with this year’s theme of ‘One Golden Day’! Put on your royal thinking crowns and use this golden theme to inspire you to write about anything at all, with a unique title – the more imaginative the better! This year’s theme is inspired by an event that took place 500 years ago in 1520 when Henry VIII stayed at Leeds Castle with 5,000 of his courtiers. He was on his way to meet the King of France for a massive jamboree that has since become known as ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’.  The 20 talented finalists will be invited to the Grand

  • Leeds Castle to feature in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

    In the perfect finale to the Castle’s 900th anniversary year, a star-studded cast recently visited Leeds Castle to film part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, which will be aired on BBC One Christmas Day at 4.40pm.  Celebrities such as Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Debbie McGee descended on the historic attraction near Maidstone for a magical backdrop to this year's festive programme, which last Christmas was the second highest watched programme on the BBC, attracting an audience of 5.8 million.  A behind the scenes trailer posted last week on the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Facebook page, gives a glimpse of dance routines performed on the Castle Island, at the Christmas Market and even a routine performed by two of the professional dancers in the Castle’s Yellow Drawing Room. Choreographer Sharna Bugess said in the video: "We are here in Kent at Leeds Castle. It's so beautiful and we're doing the opening number for the Strictly Christmas Special. The inspiration for this number is the magic of Christmas." YouTube sensation Joe Sugg said: "It's Christmas trees everywhere, it's feeling

  • Leeds Castle Wins Silver at the Beautiful South Awards

    Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Silver at the Tourism South East ‘Beautiful South’ Award, in the prestigious category of ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’. The award comes as the perfect finale to the Castle’s landmark 900th anniversary year long celebrations. The awards, held at The Grand Brighton on Tuesday evening, was hosted by travel journalist and broadcaster, Simon Calder. Eighty of the very best tourism businesses and experiences in the South East were presented with gold, silver and bronze trophies in recognition of their achievements over the last eighteen months and 24 businesses were awarded Commended. Mark Smith, Chairman of Tourism South East, said: “What a night! I was blown away by the sheer quality of the tourism businesses and experiences celebrating the trophies. Through some incredibly hard work, talent and determination, they have all achieved well deserved success and will be a great example to others. I am certain that they will inspire other businesses across the UK.” Judging is carried out by a panel of industry leaders and experts in their field, selected for their impartiality, experience and suitabili

  • Leeds Castle wins Business Events Venue of the Year at Kent Tourism Awards

     Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Business Events Venue of the Year at the Kent Tourism Awards 2019. Around 150 tourism industry invitees attended the ceremony at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury, anticipately awaiting the results of the awards. Debbie Matthews, Head of Hospitality commented on the win:“We are thrilled to have won the Business events venue of the year. This accolade is important to Leeds Castle and is testament to the dedicated and professional teams who take care of our customers. Leeds Castle is a special venue in which to host business events and we are proud to have been recognised by Visit Kent.” The annual awards were launched to reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within the Kent tourism industry. Following an initial round of judging by an expert panel of independent tourism judges, the shortlisted finalists were decided by mystery shopping visits.Leeds Castle offers a selection of venues that cater for meetings, conferences, corporate dining and events, such as the Castle, Maiden’s Tower, Battel Hall and the Garden House. Guests can enjoy a myriad of on

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