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Review of Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided...
Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Maidstone
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2011

In October half term my husband and I visited this wonderful castle. The castle is surrounded by super gardens which were starting to glow orange, yellow and red in the autumn sun. Photographically it was one of those amazing days. The castle itself, surrounded on three sides by water, is entered by the basement cellar. As you procede through corridors and rooms hung with large tapestries and cloths to keep out winter drafts, you get a real feel of how castles would have been furnished. Obviously it has evolved over the years and has cosy sofas, beautiful paintings, large entertaining areas, and a very large and bright dining room. It houses antiques, sculptures, fine furniture, paintings, and all sorts of fascinating artefacts. My favorite room was the library. In all it is a house you could live in very comfortably as it remains human sized!! Basically A MUST visit. We continued to get lost in the maze along with scores of screaming and laughing children. The Grotto was pretty cool. The kitchen garden was very pretty. I really didn't like the aviary- so sad to keep beautiful birds in captivity. We forced ourselves (!) to have tea and a slice of delicious victoria cake on the restaurant terrace, as the weather waas so mild, and it was quieter than the other cafes. On another note, half term was heaving with children having a ball- I was particularly impressed by the number of activities and crafts the castle laid on for the hundreds of children in half term- congratulations to Leeds castle on that score- from my point of view however as an ageing Mum of older teenagers, it was all a bit noisy!!! I will definitely go again especially as the entrance ticket is valid for a year.

Visited October 2011
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Absolutely stunning day out!”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Stunning castle in beautiful surroundings, and so interesting reading about it's inhabitants over the years. We all loved the maze and the childrens' playgound was a big hit with my two primary school kids. Another fantastic day out!

Visited October 2011
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“Charming castle surrounded by water”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

We visited this castle as part of our one day program, organized by GoldenTours London. We were taken close to the castle by bus (otherwide you should walk I guess). The castle and the park is so beautiful, the lake and the green sward makes it really special. We had a long walk in and around the castle, but in limited time. This place is great to spend a longer period too.

Visited June 2011
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Palm Bay
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“Lovely Grounds, Garden and Home”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Huge estate, really a home rather than a castle now. Fabulous gardens and grounds. The staff is excellent and the tour is very educational as it span past to present. If your disabled or find it difficult to walk take the tram/train either going or coming. If not walk and you won't regret it. Plan on staying at least two hours.

Visited October 2011
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Very relaxing, a lovely piece of England.”
Reviewed October 29, 2011

My partner and I stayed for three nights in the stable courtyard bedrooms. The room was clean and larger than average hotel rooms. The same of the bathroom, which also had a separate shower cubicle. Staff were very welcoming and helpful towards us, and explained fully how the system worked! This I must stress is NOT a hotel, it consists of a selection of rooms in a stable block, a very short walk to a converted barn for breakfast and no food after 5pm. If like us you wish to dine in the evening, you will need to go by car to a local restaurant/pub. Of which there are several good ones. On your return to the castle a telephone link will raise the barrier to the grounds.
The castle is so attractive and well looked after, it's a delight to sit on a bench and just look at it! Do visit the aviary. Wonderful, please don't close this becausse it looses money. Somethings are worth keeping even if they don't make a proffit!!!

Visited October 2011
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