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

GATES CLOSE 5.00pm (Oct - Mar)
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Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Selected dates throughout the year


Valentine's Dinner in the Castle 202014th February


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


Half Term Explorers15th to 23rd February


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

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Leeds Castle News

  • 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 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

  • 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. 

    Leeds Castle named Wedding Venue of the Year 2020

    As Leeds Castle approaches the end of its 900th celebrations, we are thrilled to have been crowned ‘Wedding Venue of the Year 2020’ by Kent Wedding Awards. 

    In an awards ceremony at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone, judges commented that they “loved the tailored in-house team service for every couple, exacting standards of catering and beautiful added extras. A hard-working professional team that ensure that every wedding is as magical as the castle itself “. 

     Known as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle was up against some stunning finalists, but the judges stated that “Leeds Castle’s submission demonstrated their ability to create the perfect space for the wedding of your dreams.” 

    Set in five hundred acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle offers an incredible selection of spectacular venues to make any wedding day extra special. 

    Be it the stately grandeur of the Castle, the intimate atmosphere of the Maiden’s Tower and 14th Century manor

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