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During the Festival of Flowers event the Castle can be busier than normal. We advise visiting before 11.30am or after 3.30pm if possible.

Welcome to Leeds Castle, Kent

Opening Times



LAST ADMISSION 3.00pm (Oct - Mar)
4.30pm (Apr - Sep)

GATES CLOSE 5.00pm (Oct - Mar)
6.00pm (Apr - Sep)

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What’s On

Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Selected dates throughout the year


Festival of Flowers Afternoon Tea14th to 18th September


Festival of Flowers14th to 19th September


Professional Floristry Workshop with Claire Cowling18th September


Leisure Floristry Workshop with Claire Cowling19th September

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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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Leeds Castle News

  • 'Then and Now' Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club

    To commemorate Leeds Castle’s 900th anniversary, we have released a series of photographs entitled ‘Then and Now’. 

    Using images from the Castle’s archives, we have replicated pictures of past staff and family members using the modern Leeds Castle teams. 

    One image that was uncovered from the archive was a circa 1900s shot of ‘Leeds Cricket Club’ as it was then – now known as ‘Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club’. 

    Our PR Officer invited the current team in to recreate the photograph on the exact same spot on the Castle’s drawbridge and this is the result! 

    We would like to thank Club President Dave Wratten, Chairman Rick Mustill and 1st XI Captain Max Aitken for helping us make this fantastic photo happen. 

    The full set of ‘Then and Now’ pictures will be on exhibition in the Castles Queen’s Bedroom until Christmas.  

  • A dazzling celebration at the Carnival of History!

    On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, thousands of visitors flocked to Leeds Castle from across Kent to celebrate its 900th anniversary with the Carnival of History.

    Visitors were treated to a whole weekend of family friendly activities including authentic re-enactment shows, pop-up music performances, large-scale costumes and a spectacular riot of colour and celebration. 

     For the first time, 900 years of history came to life with nine centuries of professional performers, artists, dancers and community groups processing through the estate and culminating in a grand finale with tightrope walkers and daytime fireworks. Never before has the historic Castle seen such diversity represented through the various participants who came together to celebrate this landmark anniversary. 

    The 900 years has already been marked with a limited edition gin, a time capsule, a specially-commissioned tribute premiered at the Classical Concert and the opening of The Knights’ Stronghold Playground and an adventure golf course. 

    Chief Executive Sir David Steel expressed

  • Behind the Teams: Leeds Castle Falconry and Wildlife Manager

    As part of our new ‘Behind the Teams’ series, step behind the scenes of Leeds Castle and hear from the experts who work here about their day-to-day work, where their passions lie, and what their jobs involve.

    1. How long have you been at Leeds Castle? 

    I started at Leeds Castle on the 6th February 2012, so just over 7 years. 

    2. What does a typical day at work look like to you? 

    When dealing with animals there is no such thing as a typical day, that’s what makes the job so entertaining and different. But usually - and most importantly - it starts with a cup of tea! In the morning, we check on all of our birds; give them fresh water and a clean; put the birds out on weathering ground for visitors to see; clean out the Mews (overnight quarters) and prepare their food for the day. I also have

  • Building American Connections

    On Monday 27th May, Leeds Castle was delighted to receive a delegation from Fairfax County, Virginia. Leeds Castle has a 370 year shared history with Virginia. 

    In 1649, a tract of land in Virginia was granted to the Culpeper family who had owned Leeds Castle since 1632. In 1677 Thomas, 2nd Lord Culpeper was appointed as Governor of Virginia, and spent six years travelling back and forth between the two countries. After his death in 1689, his daughter Catherine inherited both Leeds Castle and the Virginia lands in 1710. 

    During the day, a friendship agreement was signed between Leeds Castle and the City and County of Fairfax. We look forward to a fruitful future relationship. 

    The US delegation was made up of: 

    Mr Barry Biggar, President/CEO Visit Fairfax

    The Hon Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors County of Fairfax

    The Hon Justin E Fairfax, Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Ms Christina Fullmer, Office of the Chairman County of Fairfax

    Mr B

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