Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Shore Excursion, Youth and Family
Kid Friendly: Yes. All kids love this place - especially the dungeons. There is an aviary outside to visit and a Dog Collar museum!
There maybe some restrictions on visiting upper levels of the castle
Maximum travelers: 6
English (fluent), French (conversational)
Fairytale castle easy to reach from London or Dover
Leeds Castle, Kent looks just like a castle should, with turrets, towers & battlements all surrounded by water & set in beautiful countryside - "The Loveliest Castle in the World".
The earliest parts of the castle were built in stone soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 & became a Crown property cherished by a succession of English queens.
Later the castle was owned by three famous families, the St Legers, the Culpeper family who owned more than 5 million acres of Virginia, USA, and the Fairfaxes.
Finally in 1926 it was bought by the Hon Mrs Wilson Filmer a wealthy Anglo-American heiress. On her death in 1974 Lady Baillie left the castle to a charitable trust set up to maintain the property as a 'living castle' for all visitors worldwide to enjoy.
The interior reflects the rich and varied life of the building and includes the Norman, medieval Queens Rooms, The Fountain Court, Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, the Chapel established by Edward I & then through to the twentieth century.
You are met by Dawn, your guide and driven through some of the beautiful Kent countryside to Leeds Castle. Depending on how long you wish your tour to be, there may be time to stop in at a few local medieval churches, towns or villages.
At the end of your tour you will be returned to the Cruise Terminal or transferred to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At hotel or Dover Cruise Terminal
End location: At hotel or Dover Cruise Terminal
Duration: 4 hours
There are other beautiful places to visit in the area to make this into a longer tour if required
All vehicles are licensed, fully insured chauffeured limousines (Mercedes Viano) or executive style coaches so you can travel in comfort.
Tour prices include the tour guide and the chauffeured transport.
Depending on the final itinerary, some entrance fees may be in addition.
Prices do not include refreshments.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
26 GBP - Entrance fee and price of the land train (return ticket) from coach/car park to Leeds Castle
Prices do not include entry fees, refreshments nor souvenirs.