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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

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Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Selected dates throughout the year

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Magical Birds & Festive Feathers23rd November 2019 to 1st January 2020

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Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall 20196th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st December 2019

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Father Christmas at Leeds CastleWeekends only from 23rd November to 15th December 2019

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The Christmas MarketWeekends only from 23rd November to 15th December 2019

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ACCOMMODATION

Extend your stay with us in one of our beautiful bed and breakfast rooms or luxurious Glamping tents. For longer holidays try one of our historic cottages or Battel Hall manor house.

HOSPITALITY

Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions

Leeds Castle News

  • Leeds Castle Wins Silver at the Beautiful South Awards

    Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Silver at the Tourism South East ‘Beautiful South’ Award, in the prestigious category of ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’. The award comes as the perfect finale to the Castle’s landmark 900th anniversary year long celebrations. 

    The awards, held at The Grand Brighton on Tuesday evening, was hosted by travel journalist and broadcaster, Simon Calder. Eighty of the very best tourism businesses and experiences in the South East were presented with gold, silver and bronze trophies in recognition of their achievements over the last eighteen months and 24 businesses were awarded Commended. 

    Mark Smith, Chairman of Tourism South East, said: 

    “What a night! I was blown away by the sheer quality of the tourism businesses and experiences celebrating the trophies. Through some incredibly hard work, talent and determination, they have all achieved well deserved success and will be a great example to others. I am certain that they will inspire other businesses across the UK.”

     Judging is carried out by a

  • Leeds Castle wins Business Events Venue of the Year at Kent Tourism Awards

     Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Business Events Venue of the Year at the Kent Tourism Awards 2019. 

    Around 150 tourism industry invitees attended the ceremony at The Spitfire Ground in Canterbury, anticipately awaiting the results of the awards. 

    Debbie Matthews, Head of Hospitality commented on the win:

    “We are thrilled to have won the Business events venue of the year. This accolade is important to Leeds Castle and is testament to the dedicated and professional teams who take care of our customers. Leeds Castle is a special venue in which to host business events and we are proud to have been recognised by Visit Kent.” 

    The annual awards were launched to reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within the Kent tourism industry. 

    Leeds Castle named Wedding Venue of the Year 2020

    As Leeds Castle approaches the end of its 900th celebrations, we are thrilled to have been crowned ‘Wedding Venue of the Year 2020’ by Kent Wedding Awards. 

    In an awards ceremony at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone, judges commented that they “loved the tailored in-house team service for every couple, exacting standards of catering and beautiful added extras. A hard-working professional team that ensure that every wedding is as magical as the castle itself “. 

     Known as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle was up against some stunning finalists, but the judges stated that “Leeds Castle’s submission demonstrated their ability to create the perfect space for the wedding of your dreams.” 

    Set in five hundred acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle offers an incredible selection of spectacular venues to make any wedding day extra special. 

    Be it the stately grandeur of the Castle, the intimate atmosphere of the Maiden’s Tower and 14th Century manor

  • Leeds Castle's Annual Swan Check

    Every year during the first week of October, the Falconry & Wildlife team at Leeds Castle set aside the week for their Annual Swan Check. 

    With over 20 captive bred swans across the estate, it is important that the team check they are happy and healthy! This year 11 Black Swans, 8 Whopper Swans and 2 Trumpeter Swans had their Annual Swan Check. 

    Their annual health check involves weighing the Swans to make sure they’re maintaining a constant weight throughout the year, checking all the feathers to make sure they’re in good condition, checking feet for sores or any other problems and checking that the microchips they have still work and are in place. The team also takes the opportunity to take DNA samples from those whose sex is unknown, this way they can keep a track of the male and female ratio. 

     

    And the results are in… 

    Mark Brattle, Falconry and Wildlife Manager, confirmed that all the swans are in good health with no major problems; across the species the Black Swans put on 10lb, the Whoopers put on 9.5lb and the Trumpet

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