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Leeds Castle

Penfold Hill | Leeds, Maidstone ME17 1PL, England
01622 765400
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Getting married
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Getting married
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic site was originally the stately home of the Saxon royal family during the reign of Ethelbert IV in 856-860.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was lovely and festive, with a wide assortment of stalls. The market seemed very family friendly and was fun to walk around. We also went in the Castle, which was very well decorated. A nice touch was a choir singing in the drawing room ,beside the fireplace. A pianist in the yellow room would have been great too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We visited Leeds Castle to take our two children age 2 and 7 to meet Santa and visit the Christmas market. We had never been to the castle before and it truly lived up to my expectations. The grounds and castle are so beautiful, each room had a log fire and Christmas tree and the drawing room had a choir... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Visited here many times over the years, went this weekend for their Christmas gingerbread festival and Christmas market. Really enjoyable experience and the family loved it. the Christmas market was a bit small and there was a huge amount on offer but the Faye rides were fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

What an absolutely fantastic day out for anyone. My wife and I got there early to make the most of the day and we were very happy to beat the crowds as well. The gardens are so well maintained even out of season and the grounds throughout are just fabulous. The castle itself is gorgeous, we unfortunately saw saw a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

First time I had visited Leeds Castle at Christmas and it was lovely, mulled cider and Christmas Markets really put me in the Christmas Spirit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The warmth which greeted one when entering the castle came not only from the wonderful heating system but from the furnishings and decor. There was a very large colour coordinated Christmas Tree in each room. Plus other luxurious Christmas decorations were evident too. Any questions were answered by the very knowledgable and friendly staff. There is a lot of information... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We recently visited Leeds Castle again. We were impressed by the beautiful Christmas trees and decorations inside every room. The open fires were burning, the room guides were so pleasant and informative. The Christmas market was about to start the following week and also the gingerbread castle was not on public display yet. So we are planning on returning soon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Located 5 miles Southeast of Maidstone sits the moated Leeds Castle. It was originally built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur as a Norman stronghold following the Norman invasion and conquest of Britain in 1066. Over the years it was acquired by various individuals of fame, fortune and stature including Edward I, Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon before it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Significant historical site with restore castle and terrific tours. The grounds are beautiful and the inside of the castle has many unique and interesting rooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have been very year with a friend and chose mid week to visit this gorgeous castle, although there is scaffolding in some parts of the castle which slightly spoil the view! beware of the long walk from the ticket office, there is a train to transport you but it cost 50p each!! However, all worth it as the Castle... More 

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