Skip navigation

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)

Quick Directions

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

DATES ADDED
DISCOVER MORE

Medieval Jousting Tournament25th to 27th May

DISCOVER MORE

Leeds Castle Triathlon Preparation Day8th June

DISCOVER MORE

A Royal Garden Celebration24th to 30th June

DISCOVER MORE

900th Anniversary Time Capsule Burying25th June

DISCOVER MORE
TodayNext 7 DaysNext 30 Days

ACCOMMODATION

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

Holiday Cottages


Historic properties located within the Leeds Castle Estate
DISCOVER MORE

Bed and Breakfast

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

Knight’s Glamping

Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday in one of our eight splendid striped pavilions
DISCOVER MORE

Battel Hall Logo

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".
DISCOVER MORE

Conferences

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

Banquets


Celebrate a special occasion with fine dining and first class service.
DISCOVER MORE

Leeds Castle News

  • 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.

  • Garden Highlights: What to See at Leeds Castle this Spring

    Open all-year-round, the grounds of Leeds Castle provide the perfect setting to experience all four seasons; from the widespread autumn colour and spring wildflowers that fill the Woodland Walk with life, to the expertly planted formal gardens that bloom vividly each summer. 

    Our Head Gardener, Andrew McCoryn, shares his top tips on what flowers to look out for around the Castle grounds this spring… 

    February 

    By the end of this month, you should be able to spot pockets of seasonal snowdrops bursting through in the Mill Garden and in the Woodland Walk on your approach to the Castle. Be sure to also visit the Culpeper Garden to see the dozens of vibrant purple crocuses. 

    March and Apri

    Throughout March and April, visitors will be able to see hundreds of daffodils growing both alongside the Castle moat and in the Culpeper Garden. Meander through the enchanting Woodland Walk to see masses of ‘scilla’ (tiny bluebell bulbs) and ‘anemona blanda’ - a wildflower which spreads through the woodland like a blanket of beautiful blue flowers. 

    May 

    Enjoy a splendid display of tulips and bearded irises in a rainbow of colours in the Culpeper Garden. Beautifully bright and fragrant wisteria also blooms here, on the Pergola in the Mediterranean Garden, and on the Pavilion Lawn. 

    What next? 

    Keep an eye on the website for more information about what to expect from our gardens in the summer months – from beautiful peonies, azaleas and roses, to the brand new gardens which will be unveiled this June in celebration of the Castle’s 900th anniversary.

     

  • Rooting for Future Generations

    When BBC Countryfile visited Leeds Castle in the lead-up to our 900th anniversary, something that particularly captured their attention was the variety of historic trees located around the estate. 

    From native broadleaved trees to evergreen pines, some of the most beautiful standout trees that we have on-site today were planted centuries ago - some of them possibly bearing witness to significant historical events, such as the visit of Henry VIII to the Castle in June 1520. 

    It is the job of our dedicated team of Estate Rangers to care for the variety of woodland habitats, but with many trees now beginning to show their age, they’re in need of some urgent care in order for them to survive for centuries to come. 

    To coincide with the Castle’s 900th anniversary this year, we are embarking on an ambitious conservation programme called, ‘Rooting for Future Generations’. With help from friends of Leeds Castle, we want to ensure the estate’s oldest and most majestic trees are still here for the Castle’s millennia, such as the beautiful ‘Tree of Judea’, a wonderfully floral tree located at the Barbican; and the magnificent ‘Cedar of Lebanon’, the most iconic tree on the Cedar Lawn. 

    As part of this much needed conservation programme, we have been inviting friends of the Castle and companies we work with to become official sponsors for one or more of these glorious trees. It’s great news that several companies have already put themselves forward as sponsors, including The Oak & Rope Company, Jackson Lifts and Hob Mechanical Services Ltd, but there are yet more historic trees that need specialist help to maintain them for many years to come. 

    If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact enquiries@leeds-castle.co.uk who will send you our sponsorship package options.

Read more news stories from Leeds Castle

LEEDS CASTLE VIDEOS

Play Video

Medieval Jousting Tournament - Preview 2019

Play Video

Leeds Castle Triathlon - Preview 2019

Play Video

Leeds Castle Classical Concert - Preview 2019

Play Video

Weddings at Leeds Castle

Keen to discover more?

Complete your full profile and sign up to our e-news for information on latest events, offers and news at Leeds Castle.

Already have an account?

Share this with your friends and family