Leeds Castle


Leeds Castle

Departure Point
Leeds Castle
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Discover stunning Leeds Castle, once a Norman stronghold, a royal residence and a royal palace, on a day out from London.

Its setting by a magnificent lake, its rich history dating back to 1119 and plenty of family-friendly activities make it one of the best places to visit in Kent.

What is there to see at Leeds Castle?

Explore 500 acres (202 hectares) of lush green parkland and more than 900 years of history at gorgeous Leeds Castle.

Built in 1119, Leeds Castle’s royal history began in 1278 when it was acquired by Queen Eleanor of Castile. After escaping the plague that ravaged the streets of London, King Henry VIII made vast improvements to the castle in 1517, turning it into a royal palace for his then Queen, Catherine of Aragon.

Spot medieval gatehouses, Tudor towers, antiques, paintings, tapestries and a gloriette updated during Henry VIII’s reign as you tour the iconic fortress, before delving into its captivating past during a fun cinematic experience at the Gatehouse.

Next, visit the unique and slightly quirky Dog Collar Museum, a fascinating collection of canine neckwear spanning five centuries.

Children will love the Knights’ Stronghold Playground, a wooden replica of Leeds Castle with climbing walls and zip wires, as well as the Maze and Underground Grotto, made from 2,400 yew trees.

Last but not least, stroll through the vast gardens and parkland to spot birds and wildlife, as well as indigenous and exotic plants. There’s also a Bird of Prey Centre where you can get up close and personal with these majestic birds.

How can I get tickets to Leeds Castle?

You can book tickets to visit Leeds Castle online. You can also combine multiple iconic sites on a day trip from London by booking the Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich river boat tour.

Where is Leeds Castle?

Leeds Castle is located 5 miles (8km) south-east of Maidstone in Kent.

How can I get to Leeds Castle?

Transport to Leeds Castle is not included in the ticket price, so find out how to travel to Leeds Castle below.

By train: There is a direct service to Hollingbourne from London Victoria Station (around one hour journey time). Hollingbourne Station is located approximately 1.3 miles (2km) from the castle.

By car: Leeds Castle is located approximately one hour from London by car. The castle is about one mile from junction 8 of the M20 and the route is well signposted.

Is Leeds Castle accessible?

The gardens and the Dog Collar Museum are wheelchair accessible, however the Maze and Underground Grotto are inaccessible.

Some areas of the castle have narrow staircases and doorways, which may not be suitable for some disabled visitors. The upstairs rooms are not accessible to wheelchair users.

Accessible toilets and facilities are available. Wheelchairs are available on loan free of charge, subject to availability.

Prices and opening times

Child ticket £17.00 per ticket
Adult ticket £26.00 per ticket

Opening Times

Grounds and gardens: 10am to 6pm (Apr-Sep), 10am to 5pm (Oct-Nov, Jan-Mar), 9am to 3.30pm (Dec).

Castle: 10.30am to 4.30pm (Apr-Sep), 10.30am to 3.30pm (Oct-Nov, Jan-Mar), 9.30am to 2.30pm (Dec).

Closed on 8 July and 25 December every year.