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Standing proud in 500 acres of Kentish parkland, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

The Castle’s last private owner, Lady Baillie, bought the Castle in 1926 and transformed it into an elegant setting for glorious weekend parties. Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and John F. Kennedy are amongst the roll-call of many other influential guests who enjoyed Lady Baillie’s hospitality during this time.

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Open hours today: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Monday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Thursday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Friday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Saturday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Sunday

    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • February 22, 2024 1:16 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

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Please visit our website for full details of our opening hours and access to the Castle & Grounds

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    • Monty's Guide
      October 27, 2022 at 10:44 am
      Leeds Castle
      4.7
      Based on 10142 reviews
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      Bria BennettBria Bennett

      20:30 14 Dec 22
      Beautiful castle inside and out! It's lovely to walk around the grounds of the castle and feed the ducks and take in the scenery.Visited a few times and on this occasion was a Murder Mystery Dinner which was spectacular! We had a three course meal with complimentary prosecco. The actors were very good and we were non stop laughing the entire time. We also had a tour of the castle which was informative and great to see!Plenty of parking available and staff are so friendly, professional and helpful.Highly recommend the events Leeds Castle hold and for general visits too!

      L MML MM

      07:39 22 Oct 22
      One of my favourite places to visit. Great that one ticket gets you a year round visit.Stunning views and great weather we had. Love the gardens and the views fr afar of the castle. Pick a sunny day and you won't be disappointed.Great to see that the castle has switched it up a little and is moving with the times. They have a wonderful feature of all the women that have reigned at the castle and it was fantastic to see and read about it all.If you're looking for something to do for firework night too. I would highly recommend here as it's spectacular and this would be our 5th visit for fireworks. It doesn't get old.

      Miki NyckelMiki Nyckel

      23:06 27 Sep 22
      The grounds are stunning, loved walking around the gardens and ponds. Don't take the train up or you'll miss it! The castle itself is a sight to behold. It's probably one of the better castles to visit in England. The property is huge, plan to spend a few hours. There's the grounds, the gardens, the lakes, the castle, the courtyard, the maze, the boat ride ... Etc. Should definitely be on your bucket list.

      SamSam

      08:29 27 Sep 22
      You can see most of the grounds/exterior of the castle without paying the expensive entry fee of £32. Great views of the Castle exterior and beautiful grounds. Unbeknownst to me you can actually walk through the main entrance without paying or you can walk to the right of the main kiosk area and find a 5 minute walk along a pathway to enter the grounds that way (see photo for tip on this). Rated 4/5 stars as we didn't actually go in the castle 🤣

      Anneke AdemaAnneke Adema

      22:04 08 Aug 22
      I've been here many times. Every time I went the castle looks different.Handicap services are excellent. A bus will bring you up to the castle if you're not able to walk long distances. Unfortunately my mum couldn't get to the top floor in the castle due to her handicap. They offer a video about the castle as an alternative. My mum was very pleased with that.There are so many things to do. Well worth the money.Make sure you register you're ticket when you buy it. It will give you a chance to come back for free for a whole year.

      Framix2oo41Framix2oo41

      20:47 01 Aug 22
      A truly amazing castle, used mostly as villa for holidays.When i visited the main theme was the last private owner, Lady Baillie, since she putted a lot of effort into renovating the castle.I would have enjoyed seeing more about it's ancient history but it's still an amazing place to visit.

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