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Leeds Castle – The Loveliest Castle in the World

Leeds Castle Eden looking at Castle

Leeds Castle

Considered ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’, Leeds Castle is simply stunning. One of my most favourite places to go.  I would never get tired of this stunning landscape.

Leeds Castle view across moat
There are so many reasons to love Leeds Castle in Kent. The Castle is set within 500 acres of the most beautiful and picturesque grounds. At the centre a picture perfect castle surrounded by a moat. It’s the perfect place to take children, there is so much there to inspire them and ignite their imaginations.

A nice added bonus is that you only pay to enter once, you can then return as many times as you like within the year. Basically an annual pass for the price of 1 days entry. There aren’t many places that offer that so it’s great value.

The Woodland Walk

Your journey starts with a woodland walk along paths that run alongside babbling brooks and waterfalls. There is an abundance of wildlife to spot along the route. Plenty of wildfowl, woodland birds and insects. We saw so many cute baby swans on our visit! Leeds Castle is famous for its black Swans.

Leeds Castle WaterfallLeeds Castle Eden sitting on a bridge
Leeds Castle Eden looking at Geese and their young
The Castle

I think one of the most interesting facts about the Castle is that it was once the palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. I love the story of Henry VIII and his wives.

The Castle is steeped in history and as you walk around the grand rooms you can see how it has changed over the years with rooms from different eras. There are gorgeous antiques to view and paintings adorning the walls. The Castle is as pretty inside as it is outside!

Leeds Castle front of castleLeeds Castle side viewLeeds Castle inside dining tableLeeds Castle library
There is plenty of information within the Castle with the option of an audio guide. They also have activity sheets for the kids, so Eden was kept busy looking for things as we walked round.

Leeds Castle eden with activity sheets
Facilities

The facilities are really good, plenty of places to stop for food and drinks, snacks and ice cream. Toilets are clean and tidy. If you bring your own food there are plenty of gorgeous spots for a picnic.

The Maze & Grotto

There is a large maze to solve and if you are lucky enough to find the centre, it leads to an enchanting grotto underground. The air is cool down there, with mythical creatures made from shells and a water feature. It is very atmospheric, a fascinating place. It is quite dark and noisy down there so could be a little frightening for younger members!

Leeds Castle maze
Boat & Train Rides

Should you wish you can take in the view by boat, there is punting available on the moat, or a ferry ride across the lake for a small extra charge.

You can also ride Elsie their train to and from the car park if you wanted for a small extra fee. We often choose to walk through the gardens into the Castle but return on the train. Eden loves it.

Leeds Castle view of the moatLeeds Castle Black swan Ferry
Play Areas

There are two wooden play areas at Leeds Castle to keep the little people happy. Squire’s Court for younger kids up to the age of 6 and Knight’s Realm for slighter older kids 7-14 years. Both of them are well put together with exciting tunnels, turrets, slides and zip lines. Plenty to keep the kids busy. There is seating available in and around the play areas for the adults.

Leeds Castle Play area towerLeeds Castle play area
Falconary

There are free flying bird of prey presentations  running daily, with Hawks, Vulture, Falcons and Owls. You can also see them in their aviaries.

Dark skies exhibition

There is a temporary exhibition running until 31st October 2017, the Battle of the Skies. A surround sound display depicting The Battle of Britain that took part in the skies above Kent. There are two planes there as part of the exhibition.

Leeds Castle planeLeeds Castle plane
The Grounds

There is so much to explore at Leeds Castle, the gardens are beautiful. Culpeper garden has the most pretty flowers and box hedges, a typical quaint English country garden.

Leeds Castle Culpeper GardenLeeds Castle GardensLeeds Castle Eden with Lavender
Every time we visit Leeds Castle we find something new. I would absolutely recommend it and would have to say it’s in my top 5! Eden loves it as much as I do!

Leeds Castle Eden looking at the castle
Thank you for reading ‘Leeds Castle – The Loveliest Castle in the World’.

Eden is wearing Top – Tu Clothing at Sainsburys, Jean shorts from F&F Tesco and Converse trainers.

Em.

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16 Comments

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    Donna vallance
    June 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Such lovely photos, I need to go back to Leeds castle it’s such a lovely place x

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    Donna Vallance
    July 7, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I love Hever castle too, we are so lucky living in Britain with such great heritage x

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)
    July 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

    We love Leeds Castle! That reminds me, I need to renew our membership. We went at least six times over the course of the year. You’re right, there’s always something new to see and do there. My favourite was the Christmas celebrations. Beautiful carols inside the house, and the best Father Christmas experience we’ve had yet. Thanks so much for linking up with #CulturedKids!

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      littlemissedenrose
      July 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

      I’ve yet to go at Christmas but am definitely going to this year! Thank you Nell x

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    naomi
    July 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    LOVE IT! I love a good castle anyway, definitely my guilty pleasure… but this looks fab. love the plane, the playground, the woodland walk… I would love to visit. #culturedkids

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    Jo
    July 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Pinned! Such a beautiful and idyllic spot with the river and so much to do. My children would absolutely love the maze and the playground. A really full day out with something for everyone – this would be great for a multi generational trip. #CulturedKids

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      littlemissedenrose
      July 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you! It’s also a great perk that you only have to pay once for the year 🙂 definitely a full day out x

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    Jenny (The Little Adventurer)
    July 7, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    A long time ago I used to work in a hotel in Leeds City Centre – I can’t tell you how many visitors I had to break the news to, that Leeds Castle isn’t actually in Leeds… Anyway, I digress – what a beautiful post – I love having a glimpse inside castles! And what brilliant value too! Looks like the type of place you could spend many a happy day. #culturedkids

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    Catherine's Cultural Wednesday
    July 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I quite fancy the boat trip. Leeds Castle is so beautiful and a top tip about the ticket lasting for a whole year. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

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      littlemissedenrose
      July 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Yes I need to try the boat trip too next time we go! Thank you so much!

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    Annabel
    July 9, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realise the setting was so lovely and the grounds so vast. I’ve always wanted to visit Leeds Castle but I’d like to go even more now I’ve read your post! #culturedkids

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