Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1PL
England

Website

www.leeds-castle.com

E-mail

enquiries@leeds-castle.co.uk

Telephone

01622 765 400

Fax

01622 735 616

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Leeds Castle
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Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.

Swans glide on the moat and waterways, peacocks wander through the grounds and birds of prey soar on the wind during our falconry displays.

The gardens offer continuous colour throughout the year. From a mass of spring bulbs and wild flowers in the Wood Garden, through fragrant herbs and roses in the quintessentially English Culpeper Garden, to late flowering borders in the drought-resistant Mediterranean Lady Baillie Garden.

Leeds Castle is not just a museum but also a place where people meet and special events bring the grounds to life. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open Daily:
April - September 10:00-18:00 Last admission 4:30pm
October - March 10:00-17:00 Last admission 3pm

Closed: 13th July, 9th & 10th November & Christmas Day 2013

Admission charges

Tickets to Leeds Castle grant admission to the castle and grounds for one year from date of purchase with the exception of special ticketed events. For daily admission prices please see the website.
Educational Visit rates are a day rate: Workshop Visit £7.25 per pupil
Self-guided visit £5.75 per pupil
Self guided student age 17 - 18 £8.75 per pupil
Adult:Child Ratio 1:6 for Key Stage 1
1:10 for Key Stage 2
1:15 for Key stages 3 & 4
1:6 for all Art Workshops
Additional adult/teacher £8.00
These prices valid from 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014

Collection details

Social History, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
People running

Leeds Castle Run Club

  • 30 April 2014 7-8pm

Join our new Run Club at Leeds Castle. The castle estate will be closed to visitors in the evening and traffic free to allow runners to take in the tranquil surroundings and beautiful scenery as they train.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5.00 per person.

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On/Events+and+Activities

Leeds Castle gardens

Gardens of Leeds Castle

  • 24 April 2014 11:30am-12:30pm *on now

Find out about The Culpeper Garden featuring traditional neat box hedges surrounding colourful perennials and roses, pinks, lupins and poppies. Explore the beautiful Mediterranean style Lady Baillie garden. Discover more about the history of our beautiful gardens, chat to our gardeners about how they maintain them day to day and take some useful tips home!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On/Events+and+Activities

Hawk

Meet the Falconer

  • 27 April 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Come and meet the Castle Falconer and get up close to one of our birds of prey. This is a fantastic chance to learn more about these amazing Leeds Castle birds and to ask questions to our expert handler.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On/Events+and+Activities

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Woodland Walk

  • 28 April 2014 11:30am-1:30pm

One of the Leeds Castle Grounds team will take you on a delightful walk around our woodlands. Find out about the history of the woodland, its development since the 1930’s and how we maintain this beautiful part of the estate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On

Leeds Castle parklands

Parkland Walks

  • 30 April 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

The Wildlife Warden will take you on a guided walk around the magnificent Castle parkland highlighting unusual wildlife en route. See the stunning views from this normally unvisited part of the estate. Meet at 11.30am outside the Castle Shop. Please ensure you have suitable footwear and clothing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On

An evening at Leeds Castle

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Leeds Castle will be joining other heritage properties for this year’s UK-wide festival. We will be throwing open the doors to The Gatehouse, after-hours, for a series of evening talks with our Curator and expert Castle Guides.

If you do not normally have the chance to visit the castle during our usual open hours, this is your opportunity to discover over 900 years of history – in the evening!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £7 per person including a glass of wine for over 18s only. Evening runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Must be pre-booked online. Not included in the price of admission ticket.

Diabolo

Children's Circus Skills

  • 24 — 26 May 2014

Have a go at circus skills including; stilts, juggling equipment, hula-hoops, diablos, spinning plates and our very own Leeds Castle juggling machines! Have- a-go Sessions running daily on the Pavilion Lawn. A valid entrance ticket to Leeds Castle is required for this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On

Leeds Castle parklands

Father's Day 'Go Wild' Weekend

  • 14 — 15 June 2014 10am-5pm

Woodland crafts, garden games and learning bushcraft and survival techniques from an expert are just some of the fun activities to keep children and Dad entertained this Father’s Day on the Pavilion Lawn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leeds-castle.com/What%92s+On

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Artful Henry - An Art & history workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Children act out scenes from Tudor History and learn about the power of portraits before creating a clay Roundel of a Tudor Monarch. Includes self guided visit to the Castle and grounds. Available on Mondays & Fridays.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Badges & Banners ~ An Art & Design & History Workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

An Art & Design Workshop for children at Key Stage 2. Children will learn about why and how heraldry came into being, the symbolism of Heraldry. They will then design their own Coat of Arms and create a badge to take home. Includes a self guided trail in the grounds and castle. Available on Mondays & Fridays

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Mnager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk. For Bookings and booking queries contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Bespoke talks

A 30 - 40 minute afternoon talk can be arranged on a variety of subjects at Key Stages 1,2,3 & 4. Castles, Castle Life, Leisure & Tourism, Marketing and Falconry are a few of the subjects we can cover.

How to obtain

In the first instance call the Education Manager to discuss your requirements re the subject matter you require. You will then be advised on the booking procedure. Cost is £1 per child/student with a maximum of 40 per session.

Leeds castle- A Potted History Workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Literacy,Drama & History workshop for key Stages 1 & 2. Meet the owners of Leeds Castle. Better still, watch as the children dress up and become those characters form its colourful past. Includes a guided tour of the castle. Available Monday - Friday.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Literacy Workshop - The Swan Princess

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Literacy & Drama workshop for Key Stage 1 that transforms children into characters from Leeds Castle's very own fairy tale which links to the swans that live there. A storytelling session with costumes and drama. Includes a guided tour of the castle. Available Monday - Friday.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book a workshop contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Sybil the Cygnet

http://www.leeds-castle.com/education

Aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower end Key Stage 2, Sybil the Cygnet offers a unique blend of Science and Literacy, combined to produce the story of Sybil, and what happens to her when she hatches from her egg while her mum is away from the nest. Children will dress up as the characters in the story. Includes a "meet the bird" session and guided tour of the Castle. Available on Monday - Friday.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk To book a workshop contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Tudor Workshop - The Field of Cloth of Gold

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

A Key Stage 2 Tudor workshop focussing on Henry VIII's preparations for his trip to France and the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. Using the 2 pictures painted in the 16th century to record the event, this is an interactive and fun look at the celebrations that took place. Includes the use of costumes. Includes a guided tour in the Castle. Available Moday - Friday

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

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