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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 $62
Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Hollingbourne, Maidstone, England
     
    3.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    I enjoyed my stay. The pillows not enough filling.

    The Stable Courtyard Bedrooms at Leeds Castle $117
    Reviewed on Apr 7, 2019
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    The Stable Courtyard Bedrooms at Leeds Castle

    The Stable Courtyard Bedrooms at Leeds Castle

    Leeds Castle, Maidstone, England
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Simply superb and a hidden treasure. The rooms are set in the historic stable courtyard close to the stunning restaurant. The views, atmosphere, food and buildings defy words. Perfect! The key is the friendly staff who made the stay special. I would go again in a heartbeat.

      Days Inn Maidstone $35
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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      Days Inn Maidstone

      Days Inn Maidstone

      Roadchef Motorway Service Area, M20 Junction 8, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, England
         
        3.8 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Clean, fit for purpose, easy to find. Dog made to feel welcome.

        Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club $73
        Reviewed on May 5, 2019
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        Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

        Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club

        Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, England
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          I liked the rooms but I didn’t like the guys that are talking outside my room all night and still continue to and it’s now 5.30 !!

          Chegworth Water Mill $84
          Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018
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          Chegworth Water Mill

          Chegworth Water Mill

          Chegworth Road, Chegworth, Maidstone, England
             
            4.0 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Er mooie en authentieke watermolen. Met mooie en originele inrichting. Ruime slaap en badkamers. Ook de locatie is erg mooi. Echt een aan te raden verrassing. Met de eigenaar alleen telefonisch contact gehad. De sleutel zat in sleutelkastje.

            The Old Police House B&B $76
            The Old Police House B&B

            The Old Police House B&B

            Upper St, Leeds Village, Maidstone, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Maidstone, this bed & breakfast is close to Leeds Castle and Bearsted Golf Club. Area attractions also include Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.

              Stable Oak Cottages
              Reviewed on Oct 14, 2016
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              Stable Oak Cottages

              Stable Oak Cottages

              Holm mill lane Harrietsham, Maidstone, England
                 
                5.0 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This was a lovely place to stay for 3 nights while I was working locally. It was a nice change to have a kitchen and separate living area. These stable cottages are set in a quiet, rural location that is close to a nearby pretty village. My cottage had lots of character and was very comfortable. ...

                Oak Cottage Situated Close to Leeds Castle
                Oak Cottage Situated Close to Leeds Castle

                Oak Cottage Situated Close to Leeds Castle

                maidstone
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a rural location, this property is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Leeds Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bearsted Golf Club and Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km). Maidstone Harrietsham Station is 16 minutes by foot.