Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visitors never forget their first breath-taking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat. With its riveting history serving six of England’s medieval queens, to its elaborate transformation into an elegant 20th-century retreat by Anglo-American heiress, Lady Baillie, Leeds Castle’s rich heritage has secured its place as one of the most visited historic attractions in Britain. There’s plenty for all to enjoy, from exploring the Princess Alexandra Gardens and savouring afternoon teas, to watching in awe as the Birds of Prey fly overhead and challenging the family to a game of adventure golf. For those looking to stay longer, Leeds Castle has a selection of picturesque staycation experiences, from the cosy Stable Courtyard and Maiden’s Tower, to Holiday Cottages perched along the water’s edge.
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  • Scotlandmac
    Glasgow, United Kingdom14,151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning setting
    Stunning setting with the castle sitting on its little island.Really quite a wow.We had free entry because we stayed in the accommodation…a great experience overall giving us access to the grounds when day trippers had gone.This made our visit a much nicer affair all in. Didn’t go inside as had read reviews saying it was fairly modern but the grounds and setting are more than enough to enjoy.Lovely terraced gardens too. Always wanted to see this castle given how many times it features in films etc.It certainly doesn’t disappoint.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • graham h
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super visit and overnight stay at Leeds Castle
    A hidden jewel and what a fabulous place to visit. We enjoyed the Egyptian exhibition of Tutenkamun items and champagne afternoon tea. The castle history is very interesting with a very surprising history and interior and thankfully we stopped overnight in the Courtyard stables Windsor accommodation that included dinner overlooking the castle and a brilliant breakfast the following morning. The grounds,gardens and attractions such as Falconary area. Maze , Crazy Golf and Beach ensure there is something for everybody to do. Lots of interesting walks with the woodland walk our favourite. Amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom849 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed, but loved the maze and Segway not to be missed!
    This was a mixed bag for us, some things were great, some not so; We stayed a week in a large cottage in the estate grounds which was comfy enough, but lacking in any local information or even information about how to get around the grounds themselves. Some staff seemed quite abrupt and not as customer friendly as other places of this type. The "history" of the castle, as presented was very jumbled and unclear- National Trust venues do history so much better than this As it was around the end of school summer term, there were very large numbers of school parties- great to see school parties, but again, i would suggest other organisations generally do a better job of limiting numbers to those that can be comfortably accommodated concurrently. These niggles aside, the Castle has extensive grounds and plenty of interesting areas, highlights for us were the maze (superb!) and the Segway experience- the guys running this were patient, professional and enthusiastic
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Dawn T
    Warwick, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Vacation
    Brilliant few days away at Leeds Castle, accommodation wonderful very spacious bedroom with juices in room fridge, coffee tea biscuits & crisps to try everyday with a beautifully setting looking over the garden. Bathroom so big you could dance in it. All the staff & volunteers were very friendly "all said good morning or hello in passing". One area to improve on was the standard of the breakfast and serving time, as on the 1st day ours arrived cold, on cold plates & uncooked, no white bread for toast. From our point of view this part was a bit disappointing when look at the overall standard of the accommodation for our vacation.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Hazel C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 night stay at the castle for an anniversary
    We had a two night stay for our wedding anniversary,one of the nights we where in the maidens tower, it was beautiful and cosy with lovely views out into the courtyard. The second night we stayed in the castle. The room was absolutely stunning. It's a one in lifetime stay. The staff where amazingly lovely, particularly a lady called chloe who looked after during our stay. The restaurant was good value for money. The fist night the service wasn't good but Lauren the team leader was fab and sorted any issues we had. The second night the service was impeccable, I couldn't fault it. We did the owl experience while we where staying, the falconry team are so welcoming and kind. They made us feel so at ease with the birds. It was such a unique experience and I can't wait to come back next year and see all the baby birds grown up, especially Greg xx
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Geoffrey B
    Canterbury, United Kingdom91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10th Wedding Anniversary
    From the beginning of our stay all the Staff in all areas were Warm, Welcoming and Knowledgeable. We stayed in a Courtyard Stable Room overnight of which was well equipped, well decorated and comfortable. The Restaurant served fantastic Dinner and Breakfast. Rather than me tell you about it, go and visit yourself. Again a BIG thankyou to all the Staff and Thankyou for our Anniversary Card and Drinks
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Julia S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stay; beautiful grounds; atmospheric castle.
    The experience was amazing. The staff so helpful and friendly. The food good and lots of different outlets meant we had choices. We did all the experiences, including the falconry display - wonderful - the maze and grotto (we had help from a member of staff!), the crazy golf (I lost), the ferry, woodland walk, and the castle itself was lovely and very interesting. We had two rooms. One was perfect (Niven) but the other (Chaplin) was a little too small for comfort - the substitution of a smaller desk (with some drawers) might make room to walk down the side of the bed to close the curtains! The sink drained even with the plug in, and was not solved during the stay. Otherwise, our break was brilliant and the staff could not have been more helpful and charming.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Melanie D
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place but disappointing catering
    We haven’t been for a while and had forgotten how beautiful this place was and how wonderful the views. The sculptures have appeared since we last visited and they are wonderful. The castle itself is magical to look round and the grounds just wonderful. My only complaint is the catering. One poor person struggling to serve a queue of people at lunchtime. Not his fault but there should have been two. But worse a cream tea in a paper bag !!! Come on Leeds Castle at £6.50 a time I expected a plate even if it was paper. With such beauty all around the cream tea was a huge let down. You need to work on that in an otherwise perfect day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Elga K
    Brisbane, Australia384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle is huge with beautiful well-tended gardens. A long way to walk before you get to the castle. Many rooms in the castle to explore. Further on, there is a maze, where someone in an elevated area can help you if you get hopelessly lost (easy to do). There is a nice underground grotto on the way out. There is a birds of prey area with owls and falcons. Nice restaurant in the centre somewhere, but they ran out of scones (alas).
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Karen T
    Sutton Valence, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a family visit to celebrate my Birthday We all had a fantastic day.
    We visited as a family of 8 adults, 2 young children, including a pushchair and a mobility scooter. The grounds were lovely with wide pathways. The staff were all friendly and very helpful. There are wheelchairs at the castle entrance to access the castle with helpful staff on hand. We enjoyed the Sculpture Trail and the Bird of Prey display. The tickets were a bit expensive but they are valid for a year and we didn't do/see everything so will be returning 😊
    Thank you for the lovely review.
    Written 28 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
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Christopher S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Business
Stewards seem to think they can stop cars from travelling on Broomfield Road on the day of the concert. Don't they have to apply for permission to do this as it's a public highway ??
Written 13 July 2024
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Menmaths
Lucca, Italy1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery and a lovely walk. We enjoyed the castle and the baby ducks provided entertainment. Staff were kind and helpful
Written 9 July 2024
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Bedouin29
Sydney, Australia325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
This is an extremely well maintained site with oodles of history, things to do and sites to see. No doubt we will return in the very near future as our admission cover multiple visits for 12 months.
We loved the castle, the maze and Grotto, the gardens and the restaurant.
There was ample parking and heaps of staff to help out.
Written 9 July 2024
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861caroline
West Sussex, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Lovely castle in beautiful setting and enjoyed the castle & grounds very much. One gripe though, the three schoolgirls left unsupervised in the Stableyard cafe had few customers whilst we were there, BUT, they spoiled the ambience with their overly loud schoolyard chatter, had little or no idea of customer service, openly talked about sex, babies and marriage and girls at school who had upset them. The problem was that they had no senior staff with them until just before we left. Then, when a supervisor did come in, the girls were told that another customer had complained about them sitting on the floor and combing their hair in the food area.
The girls said there was nothing to do, but there were used cups on tables, tables that need wiping, floors with crumbs that could’ve been swept. Regrettably, the supervisor failed to act, and joined in their conversation.
It was very poor management to let the girls get away with this we won’t revisit the Stableyard cafe again. I see in other reviews, this is not the first complaint of this nature - it’s time that some notice was taken of these reviews, we can’t all be wrong!!
Written 6 July 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit to our castle and the Stable yard Café. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the beauty of the castle and its grounds. However, we are deeply sorry to learn about the disappointing experience you had at the café. Please accept our sincere apologies for the staff on duty. The conduct you described is completely unacceptable and not reflective of the standards we strive to maintain, and this I can assure you is an uncommon occurrence. Rest assured that your complaint has been taken very seriously. We will be conducting a thorough review and addressing this issue and the team working that day directly. We are committed to making the necessary improvements to ensure this does not happen again. Your satisfaction is important to us, Thank you once again for bringing this matter to our attention. Warm regards, The Catering Café Team
Written 9 July 2024
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Lorenzo Maria Z
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The location, the surrounding landscape, and the manor are very charming. I skipped a lot of photos. I was disappointed by the general decor dating to the 50/60s and by the terrible rubber fooring in the ballroom and dining room. 31£ for a visit to the manor is an exaggeration. What can i say.... the downsides make me think that I would not return. Lorenzo. M. Z.
Written 4 July 2024
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Thank you for visiting us and leaving a review. Our ticket holders can make use of the free repeat visits offered for the year. The flooring in the Salon (ballroom) is to protect the authentic floor underneath which, as you can imagine with over 400,000 visitors a year, can cause a lot of damage. We do shine a spotlight at regular intervals of the conservation work we do, so visitors can understand we why present the rooms in a certain way.
Written 7 July 2024
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Lisa B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We had a wonderful overnight stay in a Lakeside Lodge , they have thought of everything, including an outside bath.
Well equipped lodge , beautiful view of the lake with binoculars provided.
Be aware the little ferry passes by regularly during Castle opening hours, so keep your clothes on 😂
Written 2 July 2024
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We are so thrilled that you had a lovely stay in one of our Lakeside Lodges here at Leeds Castle. You are quite right that the Black Swan ferry boat passes by from 10am - 5pm, but then you have the most majestic views all to yourself.
Written 7 July 2024
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Georgina B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The beauty of the grounds are the first thing you notice, but the interior of the Castle itself is beautiful, and well worth a look. The history is mind boggling and the interiors are well restored and maintained. Everything about Leeds Castle is well presented, immaculate, tidy and clean. Great helpful staff, just a lovely day out for families. Highly recommend, can’t wait to return.
Written 30 June 2024
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Thank you for the great review. We are pleased you had a lovely day out.
Written 7 July 2024
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Sheila869
Meopham, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The grounds and play areas were outstanding as usual our complaint was about the food - or lack of it!! We went to the courtyard to get a lunchtime snack and there was only a bean salad available, nothing for the 3 year old were had with us!! We then went to the eaterie by the play area and there was only 1 member of staff on duty as the other had gone to lunch - 1.10pm !!!! The queues were horrendous. We'll take our own picnic in future as obviously their food was not to be relied on!!!
Written 28 June 2024
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Thank you for the feedback which is shared with the catering team. We are sorry to read that there were long queues for catering when you visited. The stable courtyard café and Castle View Restaurant have recently had a revamp including furniture, decoration and new food and drink items. The positive feedback to these changes has been overwhelming.
Written 7 July 2024
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David R
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
1/2 day flying owls with Birds of Prey at the Castle was a wonderful experience - (excellent says our adult daughter!) Daughter loved her birthday present. (It is always difficult to know what to give our adult offspring for her birthday!) We had a personalised visit to see all the birds of prey, and were shown round by Cheryl. Our daughter then had an amazing time flying owls and we have some great photos. She has always loved owls and had been looking forward to this visit for many months. Thankyou to you all for making her birthday treat so special. Before we finished, we were shown two baby owls, that are taken home each night to be looked after. We were shown how to stroke the two babies and that was really special to end our visit. As it was daughter's birthday treat we had lunch in the restaurant. The staff were very pleasant and helpful and the food was delicious and portions were just right.
All in all a great trip with wonderful memories of Birds of Prey. As we have annual tickets we will be back!
Written 28 June 2024
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Hamble_Cliff
Hamble, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We wanted to see the castle as the pics always look amazing. There was so much to do, even if the birds of prey couldn't fly because it was too hot, that we packed in an amazing amount over two days. We stayed at the Maidens' Tower in the castle grounds and loved every minute. And every member of staff went over and above what was required, reflecting a real sense of enthusiasm for Leeds Castle and the experience of the visitors.
Written 28 June 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review. We are so pleased to have welcome you to Leeds Castle and we are thrilled you had a nice stay in the Maiden's Tower.
Written 7 July 2024
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