Leeds Castle

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Of Romanesque origin, Leeds Castle was built on two islands in the middle of a lake. A stone bridge links the keep and the turreted main building. The castle was described by Lord Conway as "the prettiest castle in the world". A royal residence in the Middle Ages, it was a garrison, prison etc before becoming the residence of Lady Baillie, a wealthy heiress and art lover, who refurbished it in her taste in the 1930s. In the grounds, there is an aviary, a secret grotto and a labyrinth.

Useful information

Address:

ME17 1PL Maidstone

Phone:

+44 1622 765400

Price:

25.50 £ (-15 years old 17.50 £)

Opening hours

Grounds: Apr-Sep: 10am-6pm (castle 5.30pm); Oct-Mar: 10am-5pm (castle 4pm), ticket counter 1hr30/2hrs before closing