VISITING LEEDS CASTLE
“The Loveliest Castle in the World”
Visitors never forget their first breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for 900 years.
With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, spectacular events, special tours and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again!
Open all year, there is something new for everyone to discover every day. Your admission ticket allows you to visit as many times as you like for 12 months, including many of our events throughout the year.
- Ticket Prices
- Gift Aid
- Seasonal Opening Times
Pay for a day and visit FREE all year round
Leeds Castle admission tickets grant free repeat visits for a whole year from the date of issue (excluding promotional offers and group/education tickets). Tickets can be used multiple times, including a programme of events and activities throughout the year (excluding special ticketed events).
Small additional charges may apply to activities at some events.
This pass includes repeat journeys on the Land Train and Black Swan Ferry – on the days that they are running. Upgrades from other admission tickets are not available.
We offer two types of Family Tickets. Choose from either a Family Ticket for one adult (16yrs+) and up to 5 of your children or grandchildren (15yrs or under) or a Family Ticket for two adults (16yrs+) living at the same address and up to 4 of your children or grandchildren (15yrs or under). Under 4s go free.
5 Year Tickets
Our limited edition souvenir 5 year tickets, have been launched in celebration of our 900th anniversary. Tickets grant repeat visits for five years from the date of issue, so you can use your ticket to visit again and again.
All profits made through the sale of admission tickets go toward the preservation of the Castle and its estate for the benefit of the public.
Valid from 1st January to 31st December 2019
|Admission Tickets||Admission Tickets with online discount*||Freedom Pass|
|Senior Citizens (aged 65+)||£24||£23||£32|
|Children (aged 4-15)||£17.50||£16.50||£25.50|
|Visitor with disability - Adult + Free Carer||£23||£22||£31|
|Visitor with disability - Child (4-15) + Free Carer||£14.50||£13.50||£22.50|
|Infants (under 4 years)||FREE||FREE||FREE|
|Family (1 Adult and up to 5 children)||£74||£70||n/a|
|Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children)||£74||£70||n/a|
|Five Year Ticket||£100||£100||n/a|
|Group Rates||More Information||n/a||n/a|
|Education Rates||More Information||n/a||n/a|
Prices valid 1st January to 31st December 2019
*Tickets must be purchased at least one day in advanced to receive a discount. Discount excludes the Freedom Pass, 5 Year Tickets and group/education rates. Leeds Castle does not sell tickets through third party social media sites or marketplace sites such as eBay. If your tickets are purchased through any of these sites then they may be invalid and entry could be refused.
Terms & conditions apply.
Become a Gift Aid Visitor
Leeds Castle is a registered charity and you can support our charitable aims through Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer then, as a charity, we can claim 25% back from the Government on both your donation and entrance fee if you choose to Gift Aid it.
Tickets can be Gift Aided without including a donation as they are valid for one year from the date of purchase. We can only claim Gift Aid if you are purchasing for yourself and your family. If you are purchasing for people who are not family members then please tell a member of staff.
Seasonal Opening Times
We operate seasonal opening times between April and September, and between October and March.
|October to March||April to September|
|Grounds and Gardens||10.00am - 5.00pm
(last entry 3.00pm)
10.00am - 6.00pm
(last entry 4.30pm)
|Ticket Office||10.00am - 3.00pm||10.00am - 4.30pm|
|Castle Opens||10.30am - 4.00pm
(last entry 3.30pm)
10.30am - 5.30pm
(last entry 5.00pm)
|Castle View Restaurant|| Day: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Evening: Bookings from 6.30pm
Day: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Evening: Bookings from 6.30pm
|Castle Shop||10.00am - 4.00pm||10.00am - 5.30pm|
|Leeds Castle Shop||10.00am - 5.00pm||10.00am - 6.00pm|
|Playgrounds, Maze and Grotto,
Bird of Prey Centre
|10.00am - 4.00pm||10.00am - 5.00pm|
|Elsie the Castle Train||10.00am - 4.30pm||10.00am - 5.15pm|
|Closure Dates||Grounds & Castle Closed: Christmas Day and 2nd/3rd November 2019.
|Early Castle Closure Dates||
The Castle will close at 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm, last ticket sold 3pm) on the following dates: 8th June, 20th July & 17th August 2019.
The Castle and Grounds will close at 2pm (Castle closed from 1pm, last entry 12.30pm, last ticket sold 12pm) on the following dates: 13th July 2019.
Leeds Castle is 7 miles east of Maidstone, Junction 8 of the M20 motorway just 1 hour from London, 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports. Satnav users should follow ME17 1RG.
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Map of the Grounds
View our interactive map and discover everything there is to see and do.
We offer a complimentary transport service on the estate for less mobile visitors; disabled visitors enter at a concessionary rate and a carer free of charge.
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Bringing a Dog
Assistance dogs are allowed, however due to the abundance of wildfowl wandering freely across the estate, we regret that other dogs can not be admitted.
Due to space restrictions pushchairs cannot be permitted inside the Castle but a buggy park is provided. A free loan of baby slings is available inside the Castle, please ask the steward near the buggy park for further information.
Wheel Based Toys, Scooters and Bikes
Leeds Castle does not allow wheel-based toys, scooters and bikes into the grounds. However, controlled ‘Smart Trikes’ for toddlers are still welcome.
All barbeques (disposable and non-disposable) are not permitted anywhere within the estate of Leeds Castle.
Aerial Cameras (drones)
To ensure the safety of visitors, wildfowl and birds of prey present on the estate and the privacy of our visitors, we do not allow the use of unauthorised remote control aerial cameras, planes or helicopters.
Photography and Filming Policy
Visit our Media Centre for further information about professional photography and filming at Leeds Castle.
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.
Restoration & Conservation
If you visit the estate between October 2018 and March 2019, you won’t fail to notice scaffolding on the front of our historic Castle. Here’s why...
Leeds Castle is run by the Leeds Castle Foundation; a charity whose main aim is to look after the Castle and its estate for the enjoyment of today’s visitors and future generations. Now in its 900th year, restoration on its stonework and exterior fabric has inevitably become a necessity in conserving this beautiful Castle for the next 900 years.
The current project taking place on the front elevation of the Castle is due to be completed in March 2019, and is part of a long stonework repair programme which first began in 1995 on the Castle Island, then moved onto the Maiden’s Tower; Gate Tower; Moat Bridge and Gloriette.
FOOD AND DRINK
Delicious dining options throughout the grounds
Castle View Restaurant
The oak-beamed setting offers delicious meals served in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed with spectacular views across the terrace to the magnificent Castle.
Maze Café & Grill
A menu for all the family, such as burger sliders and corn dogs, to sandwiches and locally made ice cream.
Afternoon Tea in the Castle Dining Room
Take up this rare opportunity to enjoy Afternoon Tea in one of the Castle's most luxurious state rooms, with a delicious menu of sumptuous treats.
Relax, catch-up, recharge, brunch, lunch or treat; whatever your reason for stopping at Costa in the Courtyard
Salt & Vinegar Kiosk
Serving Squid, Shrimp, Pie, Fish and Chips and more, 'Salt & Vinegar' is our new outdoor seasonal kiosk.
Ensure you stop by our buzzing Courtyard to explore the range of local and seasonal products.
Avoid the hustle and bustle of shopping on the high street and visit the Leeds Castle shops for unusual, quality gifts for friends and family.
Find a wide range of items, including a selection of scarfs and jewellery, themed souvenirs, Leeds Castle sparkling wines and the Medieval Collection.