“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 over 900 years.
With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily events 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 round, there is something new for everyone to discover every day. Your annual ticket allows you to visit as many times as you like across a whole year. Both this and day tickets are available to purchase online in advance or on the day of your visit.
The CastleAccess to the castle island is from 10am. The castle opens to visitors at 10.30am. Entrance to the Castle is included with your admission ticket.
Last entry to the castle: April – September: 10.30am to 5pm October – March: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
The first stone castle was built by a Norman baron during the reign of William the Conqueror’s son Henry I, on an island in the River Len. In 1278, a century and a half later, it came into the possession of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I.
For the next 300 years the castle remained a royal residence, before again becoming a private home. This in turn was handed down over four centuries, by both inheritance and purchase, through a network of interlinked families.
Henry VIII Banqueting Hall
Discover the fascinating history of the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, the last private owner of the castle; a wealthy Anglo-American heiress who acquired Leeds Castle in 1926 when it was sold to pay death duties.
Today, the influence of Lady Baillie continues to bring the state rooms to life while visitors can see the effect of Medieval and Tudor periods in many of the other castle rooms.
Travelling time is about 45 minutes from out hotel via M20 towards Maidstone.