Go back in time at Leeds Castle
The confusingly-named Leeds Castle, which is not in Leeds, but in Kent, offers visitors the chance to step back 900 years in time when to be royal not only meant absolute power, it also decreed a divine holiness that no mere mortal could aspire to.
Having been home to lords, ladies and royalty for over 1,000 years, the castle has an eclectic history and its walls have paid witness to conversations many ears would have burned to hear. While those days are gone, the historic building still boasts fabulous grounds, an extemporary collection of artefacts and internationally-renowned aviaries.
Leeds Castle Location
Located seven miles east of Maidstone, the easiest way to visit Leeds Castle is by car. Motorists are advised to get off at junction eight of the M20. Furthermore, the attraction is just 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Folkestone ferry port.
Sat nav users are advised to follow the brown and white tourist signs once they reach the A20, otherwise they may be misdirected into a private entrance.
There is a combined admission and coach service to Leeds Castle from London Victoria Coach station operated by the National Express which affords visitors discounted entrance.
For those arriving by train, they should get off at Bearstead Station.
Why Visit Leeds Castle?
After passing into the hands of the Queen of England in 1278 the castle went on to be held by six mediaeval queens, upon the deaths of their husbands: Eleanor of Castile; Margaret of France; Isabella of France, Joan of Navarre; Anne of Bohemia and Catherine de Valois.
Furthermore, in Tudor times the castle was frequently visited by Henry VII with his then wife Catherine of Aragon, making the attraction of considerable historical note.
However, if historicity, charm and stunning architecture aren’t enough, this September Leeds Castle is hosting a world record breaking kite flying attempt within its grounds. Sure to be a spectacle, the event will raise money for the Country Holidays for Inner City Kids charity.
Today, the castle showcases the ornate interiors of its previous inhabitants giving a rare insight into the lives of the rich and famous throughout history.
It boasts normal foundations, a mediaeval gatehouse, a Tudor tower and a 19th century country house making it the perfect day out for fans of a range of eras in history.