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At The Heart Of Our Community

For 900 years Leeds Castle has stood at the heart of Kent. We have the ambition to grow our community outreach and further support the people and organisations on our doorstep.

We want to ensure Leeds Castle continues to be relevant to Kent and our local community. We have always been woven firmly into the lives of many Kent residents, including those who give up their time to support gardening and falconry teams, facilitate school visits, welcome day visitors and support special events.

Volunteering is a key part of our community engagement and we are committed to doing more, including creating exciting new opportunities to be part of our vital work protecting and showcasing this historic place.

We’re also looking at ways to make Leeds Castle more accessible so that people with diverse mobility and sensory needs can enjoy their time with us to the fullest.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Leeds Castle welcomes schools and educational groups from all over the world. Our award-winning education programme of themed workshops and self-guided castle tours is enjoyed by approximately 13,000 children annually.

The Castle and its grounds are the focus of all our education programmes. This sense of place along with the interactive nature of our sessions provide an engaging and unforgettable out of classroom experience.

This is why it is our ambition to provide every child in Kent with an opportunity to visit Leeds Castle, no matter their background or financial circumstances. We want to ensure no child is left behind when it comes to access to our sessions.

Safeguarding heritage skills

We aim to address the skills gap in heritage, focusing on inspiring potential stone masons in a hands-on way.

In October last year, Leeds Castle hosted the first Paye School Engagement Day. This showcased a live example of a building a stonemason would typically work on. 

The Lenham School sent eager students to learn about stonemasonry, giving them hands-on experience in carving stones. The day was memorable and filled with positivity and promise, and we plan to repeat it to help address the shortage of skilled workers in heritage.