As part of an exciting ongoing project celebrating the Castle’s 900th anniversary year, the woodland area of the estate is being separated into six diverse new gardens including an Oriental Garden and Jungle Garden. Working with exterior landscape consultants, the gardens are being developed over the course of five years.

Patron of Leeds Castle since 1974, HRH Princess Alexandra is The Queen's cousin and a working member of the Royal Family. Her Royal Highness officially opened the Castle’s Maze and the Gatehouse Exhibition in 2016. She is a regular visitor to the Castle and takes a close interest in the Foundation’s performance.

During the Royal visit next month, visitors are invited to watch as Her Royal Highness formally opens the gardens before helping to lay a time capsule in the Castle Island!  An engraved stone will mark the time capsule which is to be opened in one hundred years’ time.  Inside there will be a variety of  contents, including a bottle of the ‘Motte & Baillie’ commemorative Leeds Castle Gin, and  ‘Then & Now’ photographs - Leeds Castle staff that were photographed 100 years ago set against the exact replica shots of the staff today.

Leeds Castle in Kent has plenty to offer our visitors to brighten days out this spring and summer. From wildlife and parkland walks, to cafés, two gift shops and Elsie the Land Train, there is something for all ages taking place at Leeds Castle. Visitors will enjoy many attractions included with their entrance tickets from free flying falconry demonstrations daily during half term and weekends in term time, the Yew Maze and Grotto and two adventure playgrounds with climbing turrets, zip lines, sand pits and slides, plus a new Adventure Golf course. There are 500 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens to explore and plenty of wildlife to see including black swans, grey squirrels, kingfishers, geese, peacocks and ducks, to name but a few.

Admission tickets cost £26 for adults; £24 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £17.50 for children (under 4s free). Admission tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round. Book online for discounted tickets at: www.leeds-castle.com. Entry to this event is included with your admission ticket. A small additional charge may apply to some attractions at this event.

Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 within easy reach of London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the Castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 4.30pm and gates close at 6pm from April to September, while last admission is 3.30pm and gates close at 5pm from October to March.



 

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