Posted by: travelrat | October 31, 2011

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle: 18th July 2011.

On the way home, we called at Leeds Castle. This is what Garry and Joanne particularly wanted to see, but couldn’t, so we called in to get some pictures and video for them.

The point that must be emphasised for overseas visitors is Leeds Castle is in Kent … and nowhere near the better-known Leeds, in Yorkshire!

It’s not a ruin; it’s livable-in, if not actually lived in. So, it’s more like a Stately Home than a castle, although  it does look vaguely castle-ish. Only the ruined gate-house looks as if it was once a defensive work. There’s very little to see here in the way of weaponry and armour … I don’t think it was ever attacked or laid siege to.

It stands on an island in a lake; probably one of the most photogenic castles there are, I’ll be putting a slide show of the best pictures up later

The restaurant and gift shop are located in the old stables, some distance from the castle itself, where there’s also a garden; for me, one of the best features. It shares that honour with the aviary, where birds from all over the world are displayed … or, in most cases, display themselves.

The castle itself is set in extensive gardens, which means it’s a fair hike from the car park. But, if you don’t want to walk all that way, you can ride on a ‘land train’.

And, if you live in England, read the fine print on your ticket, and don’t throw it away. It’s good for re-entry for a year and a day after its initial purchase!


  1. Hi Keith,
    Oh my what a beautiful place, I just couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live in something like that, it’s magnificent.

  2. Leeds Castle was the first English castle I ever saw. As much as I loved the castle, I fell in love with the grounds on that wonderful spring day

  3. I think I liked the bird garden best of all. There’s a side show and a video to come … I planned it for the coming Mondays … but not next Monday, as I shall be away.

  4. Sitting in the lake like that is the stuff of poetry. Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. i’m sure i’ve seen this picture (the castle) in a movie, can’t remember the name..beautiful

  6. I’ve always wanted to visit this castle – I need to find out how to get there by public transport.

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