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CELEBRATING 900 YEARS

Leeds Castle welcomes you to a year of special events to celebrate its 900th anniversary

The Castle has been lived in throughout nine centuries, owned by six medieval queens, King Henry VIII and latterly in 1926 by Olive, Lady Baillie who organised splendid weekend parties for stars of the silver screen, top politicians and royalty of the day. 

Special celebrations and a fun-packed events programme will mark this historic milestone and highlight the work of the Leeds Castle Foundation in preserving the Castle and grounds for the next 900 years.

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Carnival of History27th & 28th July

A dazzling riot of colour, music, dance and giant costumes will travel through nine centuries of the Castle’s history across two days.

The ‘Big 900’ Story Writing Challenge

Children all over the UK are invited to write a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by our judges, including renowned broadcaster and children’s author Clare Balding.

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Knights’ Stronghold Playground Opening April 2019

A thrilling new adventure playground designed for full on fun. Accessible to all, for ages up to 14, with space inside for parents to watch the action.

Leeds Castle Adventure Golf Opening April 2019

Modelled on the Castle and its attractions, this fully accessible, family friendly adventure golf will appeal to all ages all year round, whatever the weather.

Highlights from History

Download the Leeds Castle ‘900’ podcast! Listen to actor Robert Bathurst as he discovers highlights from Leeds Castle’s extraordinary history and invites professional historians to help him on his mission.

Step through Nine Centuries

The story of Leeds Castle unfolds as you make your way through the grounds towards the Castle. Step over bronze timelines which highlight key dates in the Castle’s history.

Time Capsule

We are burying some special objects including the winning story from our ‘Big 900’ Story Writing Challenge competition! The time capsule will be buried in June, on the Castle Island and will be opened in 100 years time.

Limited Edition
5 Year Tickets

In celebration of this special year, 900 limited edition ‘five year’ tickets will be available to purchase for £100 each!

‘Motte and Baillie’ Gin

We have teamed up with Copper Rivet Distillery in Medway to produce a special edition gin. The gin has been distilled in a limited batch of 900 bottles and is infused with specially selected botanicals from the Castle estate.