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Leeds Castle

Visit this grand castle on an island in a lake to see rooms decorated in medieval style, picnic in serene grounds and enjoy entertainment for all the family.

Leeds Castle is one of Kent’s most famous historic gems. It is surrounded on all sides by a picturesque lake, wildlife and scenic nature. With its museums, mazes, gardens and playgrounds, the site offers entertainment to suit visitors of almost any age.

The castle dates back to 1119 and has passed through the hands of several historical British figures, including King Edward I and King Henry VIII. Tour rooms laid out with period furniture and decoration.

Amble around 500 acres (200 hectares) of well-kept grounds. Get lost in the twists and turns of a hedge maze, then walk through the underground grotto that lies beneath. Admire the mythical deities carved into the walls of the grotto. 

See birds from five different continents at the Falconry Displays and allow a hawk to land on your arm during the daily shows. Visit the Dog Collar Museum, the only collection in Britain that’s wholly dedicated to dog collars.

Take the kids to the Turf Maze, which leads to a mini castle made of wood at its center. Let youngsters explore the Knights’ Realm and Toddler’s Playground, which has towers, walls and castles to climb on.  

Bring a picnic to one of many scenic spots in the parkland that surrounds the castle, including the Wood Garden, Culpeper Garden and Lady Baillie Garden.

See some of the best views of the buildings and grounds as you take a tour along the moat on a punt. Tours have a fee and are available March through October.

Leeds Castle is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of Maidstone and is a one-hour drive from London.You can also take the train from nearby towns in Kent county to Bearsted Station and then catch a coach shuttle service to the castle for a small fee. 

There is an admission fee for Leeds Castle but your ticket is valid for a whole year so you can come and go as many times as you like. Children get in free on rainy days. The castle is open year-round.


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Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Hollingbourne, Maidstone
3.6
of 5, from 107 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Maidstone, this spa hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Leeds Castle and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bearsted Golf Club. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£92
Stable Courtyard

Stable Courtyard

Leeds Castle, Maidstone
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Broomfield and Kingswood, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Leeds Castle, Bearsted Golf Club, and Mote Park. Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Days Inn Maidstone

Days Inn Maidstone

Roadchef Motorway Service Area, Maidstone
3.5
of 5, from 81 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Leeds Castle and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Bearsted Golf Club. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£44
Roebuck Inn

Roebuck Inn

West Street, Maidstone
4.0
of 5, from 24 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Harrietsham, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Leeds Castle, Bearsted Golf Club, and Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£66
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Ashford Road, Maidstone
4.3
of 5, from 97 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bearsted Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Leeds Castle. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£88
The Black Horse Inn

The Black Horse Inn

Pilgrims Way, Maidstone
4.6
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this inn is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from White Horse Wood Country Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bearsted Golf Club and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve. Leeds Castle and Mote Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Who'd A Thought It

Who'd A Thought It

Headcorn Road, Maidstone
3.4
of 5, from 10 reviews
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Situated in Boughton Malherbe, this boutique inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Leeds Castle, Chart Hills Golf Club, and Staplehurst Golf Centre. Bearsted Golf Club and St. Margaret Church are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£66
Hilton Maidstone Hotel

Hilton Maidstone Hotel

Bearsted Road, Maidstone
3.9
of 5, from 234 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a regional park, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vinters Valley Nature Reserve, Bearsted Golf Club, and Brenchley Gardens. Maidstone Museum and Hazlitt Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).