The castle, which was once a royal palace, stands in a lake in a park. It is very beautiful but nothing remains of the medieval or Tudor gardens which the castle surely had. The tower, described as a 'Gloriette', was designed as a place from which to view the park. There is also a garden, named after the herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, which was started by Russell Page in 1980 and is now mature. In 1987 a maze with a grotto was added. The designers were Randall Coate and Adrian Fisher. The Woodland Garden has meandering streams. The Lady Baillie Garden overlooks the lake and has a red brick Arts and Crafts style.
Edward 1 built the Gloriette (a medieval term for a summerhouse) for Queen Eleanor. It stood on two small islands. Henry VII transformed the castle into a royal palace for his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Elizabeth I was imprisioned here, briefly, before she became queen. The castle landscape has both historical and scenic romance.
Maidstone, Kent, England, ME17 1PL
April to September (Grounds open at 10am daily) Castle opens: 10:30am Last admission: 4:30pm Gates close: 6:00pm Shops: 10:00am - 5:30pm Castle closed: Closed 13 July, 9 & 10 November and Christmas Day 2013. Please check online.
2013 prices Key to the Castle tickets allow visitors to pay once and visit all year round and cost £21.00 for Adults; £18.50 for Seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £13.50 for Children (under 4s free). Every ticket to Leeds Castle is valid for 12 months and includes entry to an extensive programme of varied and exciting events (excluding special ticketed events).
almost 2 years by Anonymous 1 / 5only been going for a couple of years and can only presume the recession has hit the castle hard, no aviary? empty buildings by play area, if you talk to the knowledgeable staff they seem to be gone the next time you visit. The best part should you find it is the Culpeper garden I wonder how long that will be so? Definately not worth the entrance fee Â£19 for an adult and the food is expensive, there are better places for less money. Avoid particularly if raining as there is no shelter on this large site. One star is too generous really.
over 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5I was last there 2 years ago and despite the harsh winter and recent drought still looking really good
over 5 years by C.Brown 5 / 5The roses in June looked better than ever
over 5 years by Alan.T. 1 / 5Average Hobby gardening.
over 5 years by H. Kothe 4 / 5I visited Leeds castle gardens in July 2008. It is a very nice place and a great harmony between the castle, the lake and the garden. My children (12 and 15 years) also enjoyed the day in the garden.
over 5 years by Ivor Pinion 5 / 5Best garden in Kent
about 6 years by Richard Swipe 4 / 5I visited last week and I thought they were looking great, the staff there were also so knowledgable and able to answer all my gardening questions.
about 6 years by Anonymous 1 / 5We agree, seems the basics of gardening are not being done.
about 6 years by Anonymous 1 / 5what ever has happened at Leeds Castle in 2008? The gardens are a mess.No leaves on the roses (July) and hanging baskets that are nearly dead. Weeds everywhere.
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The Gloriette sits at the heart of a designed medieval landscape and allowed queens to admire the prowess of their husbands as huntsmen - in what is now a golf course.