Leeds Castle lies on the edge of the Kent Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. But not to be confused with the city of Leeds in Yorkshire, as the name suggests! It was once described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ by historian Lord Conway, and this epithet has remained ever since. We can see why too, as it is a magnificent castle surrounded by a glistening lake fed by the river Len.
Leeds castle was originally built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur, who was handed the land by King William II (Rufus). Previously, the site was an Anglo-Saxon burgh, of which nothing remains today. In 1278, King Edward I used it as a royal palace, and later King Henry VIII renovated it for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. In total, six Queens have lived here.
Leeds castle remains a fantastic place to visit, and offers a wonderful, historic day out. It boasts a picturesque landscape, roaming parkland, gardens, a maze and plenty of activities for kids too. Guided tours are available for groups and schools, and audio tours are also available. It is open all year round, and offers accommodation on site for those who wish to stay.
Leeds Castle Offers
Make the most of your trip with these fantastic offers.
Full-Day Coach Tour to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich for Two
- Enjoy a comfortable full-day journey on an air-conditioned bus
- Visit Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich
- Board a Thames clipper for a cruise to Embankment
- Return to London Victoria at the end of the trip
Historic Accommodation Nearby
Need a local place to stay over? Prefer something historical?
Leeds Castle Stable Courtyard
Stay at Leeds Castle’s very own Stable Courtyard B&B, set in the grounds of the castle.
With 900 years of history and 500 acres of parkland to roam, this historic B&B is a fantastic place to stay during your visit to Leeds Castle.
The Old Vicarage
Situated 7 miles from Leeds Castle, in Doddington, this wonderful old Vicarage is a perfect historic place to stay.
Set in a rural location, the Old Vicarage is a Grade II listed property, recently renovated to a high standard, while retaining core period features.