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ADDRESS Leeds Castle,
Maidstone,
Kent ME17 1PL

TELEPHONE 01622 767865

EMAIL
bookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

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EDUCATIONAL VISITS

Leeds Castle welcomes school visits from the UK, Europe and all over the world, all year round.
Themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries ensure your school group will learn that there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history.

Leeds Castle and the National Curriculum

Leeds Castle can provide educational sessions, workshops, talks, tours or written resources to suit your pupils' educational requirements, whether early learners, from Key Stages 1 to 5 or adult learners.

As part of our charitable mission we offer special subsidised rates to schools from Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and London.

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Sandford Award for Heritage Education

Leeds Castle is proud to have been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
The head judge stated as follows:

"This is 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. There is a strong sense of cohesion in the Education Department with an atmosphere of cooperation and support."

GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED SCHOOL VISITS 

Find out more information about visiting Leeds Castle with your school

UK School Visits

Themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries ensure your school group will learn that there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history.
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Overseas School Visits

Leeds Castle can play an important part in your students' visit to England and their studies of English history.
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Self Guided Visits

Visiting on a self-guided basis allows you to plan the day as you wish and lead your pupils around the castle.
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THEMED WORKSHOPS

Themed workshops for UK schools, cover a range of topics such as
Drama, History, Art and much more! All workshops must be booked in advance.

SELF-GUIDED PACKAGES 

Two add-on packages are available for self-guided education visits at a rate of £150 per package.
Pre-book an additional experience to enhance your student’s day out at Leeds Castle. 

Meet King Henry VIII

Meet one of the most famous monarchs in English history in the Castle’s Banqueting Hall. Henry doesn’t mind having his photo taken providing you curtsy or bow before him first!

Private School Falconry Display

The Castle Falconry Team will give you a private free-flying birds of prey display in the arena before allowing your group to meet the birds up close and ask questions.

EDUCATIONAL TALKS

We offer educational talks on a variety of subjects, including History, Art, Leisure, Tourism & Marketing.
Suitable for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. Must be booked in advanced.

Educational Visit Rates

Payment for your school group must be made either in advance, or on arrival by BACS, cash or cheque. All cheques must be made payable to Leeds Castle Foundation.

Cancellations must be received by phone at least one week prior the visit. After this time the school will be invoiced for the full amount. We reserve the right to charge an administration fee for cancellations before this time.

Home Educators

Leeds Castle welcomes all Home Educators and offers the education rate without prior booking. You will receive one adult free per 10 children (or part of 10). Additional adults are charged at the education adult rate. The Education rate is permissible only on weekdays and during term time. It is not given at weekends or during school holidays. Please note the education rate is for one day admission only. There are educational resources available for you to download freely. Please email education@leeds-castle.co.uk with any queries.

Annual Tickets

Please note that annual tickets cannot be used for admission with a school visit.

Prices valid from until 31st March 2019

  Price  Information
Workshop Visit
(includes admission to attractions)
£8.25 Min 25
Max 30-40 per group*
Max 3 groups per day
Self Guided Visit
(excludes workshops)
£6.75
£9.50
£9.50
4-15 years
16-18 years
EFL Overseas Student (4 - 21 years)
Adults FREE
FREE
FREE
FREE
£9
1:4 Reception & Foundation
1:6 KS1
1:10 KS2
1:15 KS3 & 4
Additional adult/teacher
Talks
(additional to standard group rate)
£1 
 
Min 25*, Max 40
per group
Lunch Room Hire
(subject to availability,
must be pre-booked)
£25 per hour Max 30 per group

Rates available for Kent, Surrey, Essex, Sussex and London schools. For other UK and Non-UK schools see our standard Group Rates.
*Each workshop’s capacity varies. We allow groups of less than 25 for workshops/talks but a minimum cost of £25 is applied, please ask for details.


Leeds Castle's Big 900 Story Writing Challenge

Children all over Britain are invited to join in celebrating the 900th birthday of Leeds Castle by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two stories picked by our judges will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra… and only opened again in 100 years time.

Look out for full information this September 2018 encouraging children at your school to take part in this creative challenge. Entries will be sought in two age brackets: 5 – 9 years and 10 – 13 years. The winning children, with their parents and class, will be invited to a very special day here at Leeds Castle and will win a basket of prizes as well as taking part in a very special ceremony with Royalty.

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    Educational Online Quizzes

    Test your knowledge and try one of our educational online quizzes!

    William Shakespeare Quiz - Start

    Owners of Leeds Castle Quiz - Start

    Lady Baillie Quiz - Start





    Children’s University™

    Leeds Castle is a Learning Destination for the Kent Children’s University™.

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    What is Kent Children’s University™?

    Kent Children’s University™ (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5 to 14 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.

    The Children’s University™ Adventure Trail

    Earn credits by following the Adventure Trail at Leeds Castle. Take the completed trail to the shop on the way out and they will stamp the two credits in your Passport. You also have the option to add on more of our daily activities and earn up to two more credits. You will find all instructions in your pack.

    How do I take part?

    Childrens University PassportIf you are not a member of the Children’s University™, you need to register via their website. If you are already a member then go to the map section of the Children's University™ website and search for Leeds Castle. When you are ready to visit, come to Leeds Castle with your Passport to Learning. When you arrive at the Ticket Box, ask a member of staff for the Children’s University Passport Pack. Full details for The Trail and the other activities are inside the Pack. Our tickets last for a whole year, so you can come back at any time and do the activities on different days if you wish.

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    Cubs and Beavers

    We are happy to welcome Cubs and Beavers to Leeds Castle. We offer the education rate to visit if a group is completing a badge whilst here. The following booklets are available:

    Cubs Local Knowledge Badge Booklet (£1) Beaver Adventure Badge Booklet (40p)

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    Brownies and Rainbows

    We are happy to welcome Brownies and Rainbows to Leeds Castle. We offer the education rate to visit if a group is completing a badge whilst here. The following booklets are available:

    Brownie Challenge Booklet (60p) Rainbows Challenge Booklet (40p)

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    Coach Hire

    Organise coach hire for your educational visit to Leeds Castle through one of our partners to receive discounted rates and additional benefits.

    Buzzlines Coaches

    Buzzlines Coaches offer coach hire to schools at a discounted rate when visiting Leeds Castle on an educational trip.

    Telephone: 01303 261870
    Email: info@buzzlinestravel.co.uk
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    Chalkwell Coach Hire

    Chalkwell Coaches offer a competitive rate for schools visiting Leeds Castle from the Medway Towns and surrounding area.

    Telephone: 01795 423982
    Email: coachhire@chalkwell.co.uk
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    Kirbys Coaches

    Kirbys Coaches Schools in Essex are eligible to a discounted rate of coach hire when travelling to Leeds Castle with Kirbys Coaches for a themed workshop or self-guided visit.

    Telephone: 01268 777777
    Email: info@kirbyscoaches.co.uk
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    R & J Coaches

    R & J Coaches is a family run business that has been operating since 1994. They offer a discounted rate to all schools in Kent and the South East visiting Leeds Castle on an educational visit.

    Telephone: 01303 813696
    Email: sales@randjcoaches.co.uk
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    The Kings Ferry

    Take the stress and headaches out of organising coach hire for self-guided visits to Leeds Castle with The Kings Ferry. Every aspect of your coach hire is taken care of with a dedicated schools service. What's more is it will save you money too. Schools in London and the South East are eligible for this service.

    Telephone: 01634 377577
    Email: sales@thekingsferry.co.uk
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    GoApe Tree Top Adventure
    Go-Ape’s Tree Top Junior School Trips
    Looking to give your pupils a learning experience they will never forget? Get out of the classroom and bring all the tribe on one of our school trips.

    Booking Enquiries

    Tel: +44 (0) 1622 767865

    Fax: +44 (0) 1622 767837

    groups@leeds-castle.co.uk

    or UK schools can use our Schools Enquiry Form

    Workshop Enquiries

    Tel: 01622 767821

    education@leeds-castle.co.uk

    How to find us

    For detailed directions by road, rail, air or from across the channel, click here.

    Resources

    Access to Leaflets, Trail and Tour Guides, Teachers Notes and Useful Information, find out more

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    UK schools can enquire online

    Complete our UK Schools enquiry form and a member of our team will be in contact.

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