Lovely Leeds Castle


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?


The Chapel




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 :)

-Jamie

Travel Tuesday

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  1. That peacock is beautiful! Such a beautiful place to spend a spring day.

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    1. The peacocks were everywhere and unafraid! I wish I loved closer to the castle....I would be there on every beautiful day with a book and a picnic :)

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  2. How beautiful! I've heard Leeds castles is one of the best castles to visit!

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    1. It really exceeded my expectations....and not necessarily the castle, but the grounds! It was such a great way to spend a pretty spring day :)

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  3. When I was in Manchester, I originally intended to go on a day trip to Leeds with a couple of friends but as the weather that day was horribly English, we decided not to go. I didn't regret it....until now!!! That castle is so beautiful!!

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    1. Ok, I don't think I would recommend this one on a true English weather day!! It probably wouldn't have been the same. Visit during the Spring or Summer :)

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  4. Wow, so beautiful. Lucky you went on a beautiful day as well! I haven't visited any castles in England yet! I really need to get onto it

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    1. Yes you need to!! It's fun for both my husband and I so that's why we go so often.....he is very into Game of Thrones and medieval stuff, so it's a good compromise :) We call it Coffee and a Castle haha!!

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  5. I've always wanted to go to Leeds Castle, but for various reasons have kept putting it off. This has definitely motivated me for sure! x

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    1. It's really gorgeous! The castle isn't really even the main feature....the grounds are just stunning, and perfect to spend a day with this weather we have been having :)

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  6. Great photos. I love Leeds Castle. My in-laws live just around the corner from there. Have a great week!!

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    1. I would be visiting my in-laws quite often if they lived near the castle ;) I really enjoyed the beauty of the gardens.....oh, to be royalty!

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  7. I'm not sure if you might be doing some post-shot editing (Lightroom?) but your pictures are looking positively lovely! :)

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    1. You are so sweet! I was just telling my husband I did a really crappy job on these bc I was lazy and used picmonkey haha!! Really, it was so beautiful, I don't think it mattered what kind of camera or what editing I did :)

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  8. This castle is high on my list of must-visit castles :) It looks gorgeous!

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    1. It has been the most expensive castle that I has visited this far, but it I could spend so much time at Leeds Castle....it's just lovely :)

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  9. One if these days I will make my way to Kent! This has def helped push it up the list though :)

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    1. If its an easy trip for you...its worth a visit! Its a gorgeous place to spend the day :)

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  10. I used to live in Kent before moving to France and loved Leeds Castle. I should take the boys when we are next visiting Kent - they'll love it. Have you also been to Hever Castle? That's worth a visit too (birthplace and childhood home of Anne Boleyn).

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    1. I haven't been to Hever Castle, but I just looked it up and it looks gorgeous...with the added bonus of a golf course next to it! Thank you so much for the suggestion...this will definitely be on our list in England :)

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  11. We made a quick stop to take a picture on our way to Cambridge. It definitely made me want to go back, explore and stay awhile! We noticed the ticket prices and knowing it's good for a whole year was enough to convince us to go back! I think it's about an hour from us. Seeing this definitely makes me want to go back for a better look than just a distant view from the nearby fields! :)

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    1. Yes!! With kids...its totally worth the annual ticket. And they have lots of events throughout the year:)

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  12. I've heard so many great things about Leeds Castle by now that I would love to visit! I just wish it was easier to get there with public transport! ;) And isn't it amazing how spring starts to transform the world? I bet it looks even more amazing in the summer time!

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    1. I think you may be able to get fairly close by train at the Ashford station! I remember seeing the red signs :) It really is a great place to spend the day! And you are right, it is probably even more stunning in the summer!

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    2. I should have a look at that! :) I think I checked it once already and it seemed much easier in the summer than in spring, but I'm going to do some research on that! :)

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