One of Britain's most distinguishable heritage sites is the grand Leeds Castle. Sprawled out over 500 acres of land, a trip to this royal 12th-century gem is an essential stop for any visitor who wishes to truly understand Britain's venerable history. Constantly undergoing alterations and upkeep in its 900 year history, its condition is amongst the best condition Europe’s medieval era landmarks. The castle is currently riddled with lovely accumulated décor such as tapestries, ceramics and paintings.
Surrounded by Kent County's gorgeous landscape, the castle grounds contain an aviary, grotto and golf course. Not to mention that it also makes its facilities open year-round for larger-scale events. And if that isn't enough, visit the castle's hedge maze, which uses over 2,400 yew trees. As a little incentive to complete the tricky maze, the only viable entrance to the grotto is located at its end.
Southeastern runs frequent train services to and from Bearsted Station and a coach shuttle service run by Spot Hire is available from the station. Taxis are also occasionally available. However, if you are bringing a bicycle on the train, or fancy a three mile walk, you may prefer to use Hollingbourne Station which is closer. Please be aware the station is unmanned and down a deserted lane, lone travellers might prefer Bearsted Station.
Otherwise, you can drive 7 miles east of Maidstone, Junction 8 of the M20 motorway as Leeds Castle is just 1 hour from London, 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports. Clearly sign posted from all routes - following the brown and white tourist signs will take you straight there.
If you are driving with Satnav or GPS directions, then please follow the brown and white tourist signs once you reach the A20 as your navigation system may incorrectly direct you to a private entrance where you will be redirected. Alternatively please use the following post code: ME17 1PB
Hours: Open daily Apr-Sept, 10:30am - 4:30pm. Oct-Mar, open daily 10:30am-3:00pm. Closed November 3 & 4, and Christmas Day.
Admission: Adults: £19.75; Children £12.50