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“Stunning castle, beautiful grounds, interesting museum”
Review of Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
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$70.30*
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Leeds Castle, including entrance and Canterbury
Ranked #5 of 37 things to do in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I've been here several times before and I went recently with my father. I wanted to show him something interesting and with historic significance near Maidstone, so this was the perfect choice. It was great and as good as I remembered it.
The castle is truly stunning and epitomizes the fairy-tale caste. The grounds are very well looked after and fit the surroundings perfectly. The museum inside the castle is very interesting and summarizes the history of the castle into a pleasant and effortless tour.
The only sign that I feel could be improved is the ticket options. £21 for an adult is a bit steep, but it does include year-round admission. For those of us like me who live exactly, that's a bargain and it's great, but for those who visit just the once, it would be nice to have the option of a cheaper admission ticket.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank FSR1977
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We went, for the first time, to Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert on the 13th July - absolutely brilliant. From when the cannons went off at 4 to the spitfire display, opera singers, choirs, London Philharmonic Orchestra, fireworks etc. Never seen so many Union Jack flags. Toilets were cleaned regularly and the staff were so friendly. Weather was fantastic. I could go on and on about this event, but I don't want to spoil it for those people who will go next year. In total they said there was 14,000 people there. I will definitely be going again, can't wait until next year.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Tickets were a birthday present from the family. A really wonderful programme of music and entertainment, including flying displays from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and The Blades Aerobatic team. Leeds Castle provides a fabulous setting for this concert and, of course, this year the weather was incredible.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Pam P
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Enjoyed a wonderful day exploring the castle and strolling around the grounds. The castle is set on 2 islands in a lake formed by the River Len and looks stunning - fairy tale-esque (is that a word?!). I liked the fact that the castle was set up to illustrate how it may have looked in medieval and Tudor periods as well as an elegant 20th century country retreat. Something for everyone there... I also enjoyed learning about the last owner, Lady Baillie, who seems a real character.

The dog collar museum was brilliant, so quirky and surprisingly interesting. I took marginally more photos in there than the castle! Don't miss it!

The maze was also very good, well maintained and quite challenging. 15 mins should see you to the centre. I liked the fact that you didn't have to retrace your steps to get back out, instead you take a short route through an underground grotto!

The falconry show was so-so, I've seen it done better elsewhere but still lovely to see. Loved the kestrel! One for the kiddies.

Gorgeous gardens.

The only thing preventing the 5 star rating was the cost of entry (21 pounds for an adult is an expensive day out) and the fact that everything and I do mean everything else was charged for. A bit mean to charge you a pound for a leaflet when you've just paid 42 pounds for 2 adults entry fee. Even the train shuttle back to the entrance was 50p! I appreciate it's a charitable foundation so don't want to be too harsh here but nonetheless I would suggest a cheaper fee if you live further away and won't be able to benefit from the fact that the entrance fee entitles you to return for 'free' within a year.

Overall really enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Sahloff79
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Not sure why the review below thinks there was only costa, there's the fair fax restaurant, the grill near the knights realm and a fish and chip shop. As well as a selection of food in the pantry shop offering kids meal deals.

A great day in the sun.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Cimares
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