LEEDS CASTLE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
For Posterity not for Profit
For more than half a million visitors each year, Leeds Castle and its estate is considered a national treasure, providing a window onto nine hundred years of British history, a haven of tranquillity and a world of discovery and enjoyment.
The aim of the Charitable Foundation is 'the preservation of the Castle, its collections and interiors, and its estate for the benefit of the public.' To achieve this aim, there is an on-going programme of maintenance and restoration of this magnificent 12th Century Castle requiring expertise, care and of course, money. All profits go towards this aim, the Charitable Foundation receiving no external funding to further this good work. Therefore we are extremely grateful to each and every visitor who contributes by purchasing a ticket or staying here in one of the delightful cottages or other overnight accommodation.
Amongst many of the important projects carried out over the past five years, money raised with your help has gone towards conserving and re-pointing the oldest parts of the Castle’s outer stonework, improving accessibility for all, and providing educational visits for over 50,000 children a year, among so much more.
For Posterity not for Profit
RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION
How you are helping the charitable foundation
Funds raised through admission tickets, accommodation and catering are reinvested into vital and ongoing projects. Our curator, alongside a team of experts both in-house and out, work tirelessly to ensure the fabric of the historic buildings, the maintenance of the parklands and the conservation of many of the priceless objects in the Castle are carefully conserved and restored.
Below are stories of past, on-going and future projects:
How you can help maintain Leeds Castle for generations to come...
Be a Gift Aid Visitor
Leeds Castle is a registered charity and you can support our charitable aims through Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer then, as a charity, we can claim 25% back from the Government on both your donation and entrance fee if you choose to Gift Aid it.
Tickets can be Gift Aided without including a donation as they are valid for one year from the date of purchase. We can only claim Gift Aid if you are purchasing for yourself and your family. If you are purchasing for people who are not family members then please tell a member of staff.
Donate to Leeds Castle
Despite invaluable revenue from admission tickets and events at the Castle, there are never enough funds raised to carry out all the important projects and conservation work required. As a regular visitor to the Castle or someone who has only visited once and fallen in love with this historic monument, please consider giving the Charitable Foundation a one-off or regular donation.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra GCVO, The Hon Lady Ogilvy
Mr. Niall Dickson CBE
Sir David Steel KBE DL
Director of Enterprises
Mr. David Bridgford
The Lord Bridges CVO
Mr. Richard Laing
Mr. Jonathan Neame DL
Ms. Laura Nesfield
Mr. Tom Wright CBE
Mr. Adrian Tinniswood OBE
Registered Charity No. 268354
Leeds Castle Foundation Report and Financial Statement: Download
Leeds Castle is a member of the Treasure Houses of England
For the first time this year, Leeds Castle has produced an Annual Review that looks in some detail at the work of the Foundation. Several conservation projects have been completed during this period which are photographed and discussed within its pages, plus more in-depth information about expenditure.
Leeds Castle Vision 2020
Our Vision of Leeds Castle is to be recognised as “the loveliest castle in the world”. We will achieve this by providing an excellent, authentic and inspiring experience for every visitor. We will meet our charitable purposes, and aspire to welcome 650,000 visitors a year by 2020.