Section Title


Nestled in the enchanting countryside of Maidstone, Kent, Leeds Castle is a true gem that embodies the charm and grandeur of medieval England. Its history spans over nine centuries, making it a remarkable testament to the past. Often hailed as the "loveliest castle in the world," Leeds Castle captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty and captivating stories.

Originally built in 1119 as a Norman stronghold, the castle has witnessed the passage of time and undergone numerous transformations. It served as a royal residence for six medieval queens, including Eleanor of Castile and Catherine of Aragon. Each queen left her mark on the castle, adding to its architectural splendor and rich heritage.

Approaching the castle, visitors are greeted by a mesmerizing sight: a stunning moat encircles the fortress, reflecting its imposing towers and turrets. Crossing the drawbridge, one steps into a world steeped in history and elegance. The interiors of Leeds Castle boast opulent rooms filled with priceless art, exquisite furniture, and intricate tapestries, giving visitors a glimpse into the lives of the castle's former inhabitants.

Leeds Castle also offers a range of activities and attractions for all ages. Families can enjoy the Knight's Realm playground, where little ones can play and explore, or visit the falconry displays to witness the majesty of birds of prey in flight. The castle also hosts various events throughout the year, including jousting tournaments, vintage car shows, and festive Christmas markets, providing visitors with an immersive and memorable experience.


Pricing/entry costs
Prices start from £22.50. Save by paying in advance online. See website for more details



On-site (price included in admission)

Facilities & Accessibility

Toilets Available
Wheelchair Accessible
On-site Restaurant/Cafe
Dogs Welcome
Wifi Available
More information

Booking Info

Booking Information
Booking available online or pay on the day. Pay for a day and visit free all year!

Travel by Transport

Nearby Transport
Nuventure no.13 bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne.
Arriva no.13 bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne.
Leeds Castle is just 25 miles from the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone and 38 miles from the port of Dover.

Access Info

Accessibility Information
Visit Leeds Castle dedicated page on their website for full accessibility information :
Leeds Castle admission tickets are valid for 12 months from the day you select when booking. You do not necessarily need to visit on the day you select, but your ticket will be valid from that day onwards and you can visit any day thereafter (excluding estate closures).
Leeds Castle does not allow wheel-based toys, scooters and bikes into the grounds. However, controlled ‘Smart Trikes’ for toddlers are still welcome.
Disabled tickets include one free carer per disabled visitor. If you require additional carers then please contact us by emailing or call 01622 765400.