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Treat Yourself to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle has always been an amazing place for anyone who wants to look closely at English history. Once a Norman stronghold, it has always had plenty of drama going on behind it’s steely gates. Henry VIII used it as a place for him and his first (unfortunate) wife, Catherine of Aragon.

aerial panorama view-of Leeds Castle in Kent

In the early 20th century it was a retreat for the wealthier and more famous people. In the present day, it has become one of the most visited castles in England, and is held in high regard by tourists and history aficionados across the globe.

To say there is plenty to see and do here is a bit of an understatement. The first thing you will most likely want to see is the castle itself. The building opens up at 10.30 am and you will get a good opportunity then to get around and see all that it has to offer. Immerse yourself in the beauty and the history of the ancient residence.

You can also go punting on the moat. This is a delightful experience and worth it if only for the glorious moment when you glide through underneath the ancient arches of the castle.

The Black Swan is also worth a visit. This ferry carries you across from the castle drive across the water to the maze. It is an elegant and relaxing way to get across the water. Every visitor to the castle is encouraged to use this service, because it allows you some fantastic views of the attraction.

 

The maze at Leeds Castle was made with 2,400 yew trees and was opened in 1988

The maze at Leeds Castle was made with 2,400 yew trees and was opened in 1988

The Famous Maze at Leeds Castle

Every visitor always comes to see The Maze. Formed of yew trees, this maze is absolutely inspirational, and a key aspect of the castle visit. Be warned, it is very easy to get lost in this maze, so it is always worthwhile going in with someone else, and perhaps a packed lunch. There is a smaller maze for the younger folk who travel with you, called the Turf Maze. This delightful attraction also has a little wooden castle in the centre.


If you are looking for special events, Leeds Castle has more than it’s fair share. On every Thursday in July there is a chance to walk around and learn about the fantastic gardens at the Castle. Here you will find a wide variety of beautiful flowers and plants. You also have an opportunity to talk to the gardener and find out how he keeps the gardens looking so beautiful all year round.

While we are on the subject of events in July, one very special event brings visitors from around the globe. The Leeds Castle Open Air Classical Concert happens once a year in July (usually around the 13th). On this very special night, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra visit and delight the assembled crowd with some beautiful classical music. An absolute feast for the ears and a spectacle for the eyes.

Leeds Castle has tons of stuff to do that we haven’t even touched upon here. With plenty of activities and some very special events, not to mention the history, visit it soon.

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