Leeds Castle is located in Kent near Maidstone in a lovely hilly wooded area and has been known to be called "the loveliest castle in the world" as per their website. When I read this I thought, wow...that's a pretty bold statement being that there are so many amazing castles all across Europe! Well it was absolutely lovely. Upon purchasing our tickets, we were told it would take about fifteen minutes to walk through the garden leading up to the castle. We were thinking, really!? But as we began to walk the path to the castle, we were completely taken with the enchanting gardens. They didn't even seem real! The black swans, the flowers, the sunlight peeking through the trees and the water features surrounding us....it was stunning. And this is only the beginning of spring....I can only imagine the beauty as the blooming continues.
The gardens and parks cover over 500 acres and are accessible by a variety of options. You can walk, take the small train, or even take a segway tour!
We finally arrived at the castle and it was gorgeous. It was just what you picture in your mind when you think of a castle. We were fortunate enough to have been able to play golf on the Leeds Castle Golf Course, and were gifted with the view of the castle throughout our round. But up close, it was even more stunning.
The interior was furnished as it would have been hundreds of years ago. This castle was once used as a palace for Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Leeds Castle has been refurbished quite a bit and is one of the more modern looking castles that we have toured. The castle has been refurbished to such a high standard and you are able to stay a night or two if you like or even have a wedding here. Can you imagine having a wedding here?
|Please excuse my golf attire ;)|
As previously mentioned, the castle grounds cover over 500 acres. The grounds include not only the garden and castle, but a huge play area for children, a hedge maze and a large falconry center. The castle holds regular falconry events and is included with the price of your ticket.
If you plan on visiting Leeds Castle only once, the admission price may seem a little steep. However, your admission gives you access to the castle for one full year. At £21 per person, I think it is a wonderful value if you plan on returning throughout the year, especially if you have children. It was so wonderful to walk around the gardens and check out all of the attractions on such a gorgeous day! We have already decided that we will make another trip down to Leeds Castle eventually :)