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25th June 2019 - The Official Opening of the Princess Alexandra Gardens will take place at 2.30pm. The 900th Time Capsule unveiling will begin at 3.45pm on the Castle Island. The Castle will close from 2.30pm (last entry 2pm). Grounds remain open as usual.

Welcome to Leeds Castle, Kent

Opening Times

GROUNDS OPEN 10.00am

CASTLE OPEN 10.30am

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

GATES CLOSE 5.00pm (Oct - Mar)
6.00pm (Apr - Sep)

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CELEBRATING 900 YEARS

Discover 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens at Leeds Castle in Kent.

The whole family will enjoy the maze and grotto, thrilling falconry displays, punting on the moat, adventure playgrounds and more!

What’s On

Sunday Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Sunday Afternoon Tea

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A Royal Garden Celebration24th to 30th June

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900th Anniversary Time Capsule25th June

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Junior Aquathlon29th June

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Leeds Castle Triathlon29th & 30th June

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ACCOMMODATION

Come and stay in the grounds of “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

Holiday Cottages


Historic properties located within the Leeds Castle Estate
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Bed and Breakfast

Twenty two luxury en-suite bedrooms within the Maiden’s Tower and Stable Courtyard
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Knight’s Glamping

Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday in one of our eight splendid striped pavilions
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Leeds Castle's New 5 Star Country House Venue

HOSPITALITY

Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions

Weddings

Say 'I do' in the most romantic of settings, "the loveliest castle in the world".
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Conferences

Let us cater for all your business needs in a choice of historic venues. 
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Banquets


Celebrate a special occasion with fine dining and first class service.
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Leeds Castle News

  • Building American Connections

    On Monday 27th May, Leeds Castle was delighted to receive a delegation from Fairfax County, Virginia. Leeds Castle has a 370 year shared history with Virginia. 

    In 1649, a tract of land in Virginia was granted to the Culpeper family who had owned Leeds Castle since 1632. In 1677 Thomas, 2nd Lord Culpeper was appointed as Governor of Virginia, and spent six years travelling back and forth between the two countries. After his death in 1689, his daughter Catherine inherited both Leeds Castle and the Virginia lands in 1710. 

    During the day, a friendship agreement was signed between Leeds Castle and the City and County of Fairfax. We look forward to a fruitful future relationship. 

    The US delegation was made up of: 

    Mr Barry Biggar, President/CEO Visit Fairfax

    The Hon Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors County of Fairfax

    The Hon Justin E Fairfax, Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Ms Christina Fullmer, Office of the Chairman County of Fairfax

    Mr Bryan Hill, County Executive County of Fairfax

    The Hon John Mason, Former Mayor City of Fairfax

    The Hon David L Meyer, Mayor City of Fairfax

    Ms Linda S Sullivan, President/CEO ArtsFairfax

    Dr S David Wu, Provost /Executive Vice President George Mason University

    Mrs Sheau-Ping Wu, wife of Dr Wu


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  • Dementia Action Week 2019

    This week is Dementia Action Week 2019; a week dedicated to furthering awareness of the disease, and to encourage the community to help improve the lives of people living with dementia. As a part of Leeds Castle’s commitment to furthering understanding of the condition, Leeds Castle has been organising for staff to have the opportunity to attend Dementia Friends Information Sessions. 

    110 members of our staff and volunteers have attended an information session over the last 2 years. It is a continued mission of Leeds Castle to ensure commitment to providing the best service for all our visitors, and with that in mind make Leeds Castle as Dementia Friendly as possible. 

    Being a Dementia Friend is to remind people of the five key messages:

    1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing 

    2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain 

    3. Dementia is not about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks

    4. It’s possible to live well with dementia

    5. There’s more to a person than the dementia

    As a Dementia Friend, our staff pledges to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

  • Behind the Teams: Head Gardener

    In the heart of the ‘Garden of England’, the grounds of Leeds Castle offer so many glorious walks and gardens to explore – from the beautifully planted Culpeper Garden and Mediterranean Terrace, to the winding woodland walk. But have you ever wondered who helps keep these gardens so well-maintained and in tip-top condition throughout the seasons?

    We go behind the scenes with Head Gardener Andrew McCoryn to discover the year-round joys involved in caring for the Leeds Castle gardens and what to expect from the estate in 2019.

    How long have you been at Leeds Castle?

    I’ve been here six years now.

    How many of you are in the gardening team?

    We have four full time gardeners, one who is part time and a number of volunteers.

    What does a typical day at work look like to you?

    Apart from the management elements of my job, my work pattern is essentially governed by the weather and the seasons. The winter months are more about working together as a team, achieving projects, undergoing tree work and pruning. We spend the summer months working individually in different areas of the gardens, achieving high standards through weeding, dead heading and working on the little details that our visitors expect and love to see.

    What’s the best thing about working at Leeds Castle?

    I love the freedom and support we have to be creative here, and the expectancy to keep enhancing the gardens for the pleasure of our visitors.

    You work on such a large estate – do you have a favourite garden or spot you most enjoy spending time in?

    Definitely in the river amongst the tree ferns of the Mill Garden, where I often see Kingfishers flying past me. However the joy I gain from our gardens has to be the collussus scale and variety of areas we have here in general, as well as the many interesting plant types; from unusual cacti and tree ferns to the hundreds of roses.

    What should visitors look out for in 2019?

    The unveiling of the new woodland gardens project. But there will also be thousands of little improvements across the whole estate, since all the gardens will have new plants and be given a little extra love for this big 900 anniversary year.

    Your favourite season at Leeds Castle and why?

    Well, summer is lovely of course, with it often being warm (I love spending time on the beach especially in Cornwall, where I am from!) but as a Leeds Castle gardener - it has to be Autumn. It is such a colourful season when all of the leaves turn, the beds and borders are still full of flowers, and our exotic plants are at their happiest. Traditionally, autumn is the start of the ‘Gardeners New Year’, when new ideas and thoughts are planned for the next year.

  • Behind the Teams: Leeds Castle Curator

    As part of our new ‘Behind the Teams’ series, step behind the scenes of Leeds Castle and hear from the experts who work here about their day-to-day work, where their passions lie, and what their jobs involve. 

    We are proud to have such a wonderful curatorial department at Leeds Castle. With an expertise spanning from the restoration of furnishings to collection documentation, it’s the job of Curator Annie Kemkaran-Smith to ensure the protection of the Leeds Castle collection for future generations. 

    We speak to Annie about what her role entails, the restoration of Castle rooms, and what to look out for during your next visit. 

    How long have you worked at the Castle? 

    I started here in August 2015 - so I’ve been here almost four years now. 

    What’s the best thing about being the Curator for Leeds Castle? 

    I love that every day is different! I get to work with different teams throughout the estate and carry out large scale refurbishment projects. This can involve anything from researching historic fabric, to supervising the decant of large and extremely valuable objects. It’s really varied and there’s always something to do. 

    Have there been any particular moments or milestones during your time here that have stood out to you? 

    The first major project I completed here was the refurbishment of Yellow Drawing Room inside the Castle. The room’s silk wall hangings had suffered from years of light and environmental damage, resulting in severe wear and degradation, so needed replacing. I had to research where the original silk had come from and managed to get an exact replica made to replace it. All of the objects in the room also needed some level of conservation, but the large mirror above the piano was in a very bad state and had to be completely dismantled to undergo treatment. 

    Do you have a favourite historical artefact in the Castle that visitors should look out for during their visit? 

    My favourite artefact within the Castle is the charcoal sketch of Lady Baillie’s Great Danes, Boots and Danny, which hangs on the wall at the start of the upper bridge corridor. Lady Baillie loved dogs, and as a fellow dog lover, I can really understand why she would have commissioned a portrait of them. They were quite naughty animals and I think the portrait depicts their mischevious nature! 

    Favourite area on the Castle estate? 

    I have a few favourite spots around the estate. One of them is the ruined Mill, since it’s such a picturesque area. Another is underneath one of the willows looking back at the cascade – it’s the perfect spot for a summer’s afternoon. 

    To find out more about Leeds Castle’s ongoing conservation projects, visit the Restoration page here.

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