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About Leeds Castle

This castle has been called by Lord Conway "the loveliest castle in the world". Built in the 11th century just after the Norman Conquest, on the site of an earlier Saxon wooden structure, it was in private ownership from the 16th century until 1974, when the owner died and left it in trust to the nation in perpetuity. Set on adjacent islands in the river Len, the river has been artificially widened to form a wide moat round the castle. Its location in mid Kent meant it was an important staging post between London and the Channel. Henry VIII stopped here in 1520 en route to meet Francis I at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

The buildings cover Norman, mediaeval and Tudor periods. Much refurbishment was carried out by the last owner in the 20th century and the interiors refitted and filled with art and antiques from around Europe.

The grounds are extensive and contain a golf course, gardens, aviaries, a maze and a dog-collar museum. As well as visits, the castle hosts many events, including a spectacular Guy Fawkes firework display and activity days for children in school holidays.

The website contains detailed information and pictures, and lists opening times, entrance prices, events and disabled access.

Contact

Leeds Castle, ME17 1PL, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1622)765400 | Fax: +44(1622)735616 | Official Homepage

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