Leeds Castle Tours

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A monument to Britain’s past, the grand Leeds Castle is among Europe’s best preserved medieval landmarks, with more than nine centuries of history represented. Sprawled over 500 acres (202 hectares) and surrounded by a regal moat, the stone castle and its gardens offer a peek into the past as well as a variety of present-day, quintessentially English events and activities.

The Basics
A trip to this royal 12th-century gem is essential for any visitor who wishes to truly understand Britain's venerable history, and its short distance from London through the English countryside makes it an easy day trip destination. The castle features medieval tapestries, furnishings, and art, as well as an exhibit covering the Gatehouse and the Dog Collar Museum. The outdoor maze, the Bird of Prey Centre (specializing in falcontry), the golf course, and the underground grotto offer other unique forms of Leed entertainment. The formal gardens, including Culpepper Garden, the Woodland Garden, and the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terrace, are additional highlights, and guests will find wildlife spotting opportunities with black swans, great spotted woodpeckers, and kingfishers frequently seen on the grounds. The castle is often visited on full-day group and private tours from London to southwestern England that also stop at areas such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • All tickets grant entry for one year from time of purchase, allowing for multiple visits.
  • Families with kids can visit the onsite Squires’ Court Playground (ages 6 and under) and Knights’ Realm Playground (ages 7 and up) for royal fun.
  • Rain is not unusual in England, so bring waterproof gear if you plan to be outdoors.
  • Complimentary transport service on the grounds is available for those with limited mobility. The castle interior cannot accommodate strollers.
  • Fee-based castle audio tours are available in six languages.

How to Get There
Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, one hour from central London and seven miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Maidstone. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports with signs directly drivers to the castle on all routes. To get around the grounds, visitors can traverse the moat on a punt boat ride, cross the Great Water from the castle to the maze on the Black Swan Ferry, or ride Elsie the Castle Train from the entrance to the castle (all require additional fees).

When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 10:30am to 4pm from October to March (last entry at 3:30pm) and until 5:30pm from April to September (last entry at 5pm). The grounds and gardens have longer hours, from 10am to 5pm from October to March and until 6pm from April to September. Weekend afternoons are the castle’s busiest time; weekday visits are much quieter.

Day Trips to Southwestern England
In addition to Leeds Castle, some of England’s finest sights can be found in this region, from Canterbury Cathedral to the famous Cliffs of Dover. Most tours cover the top sights and also stop at the outer London borough of Greenwich, known for its maritime history, the Royal Naval College, and the historic British clipper ship, the Cutty Sark.
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Address: Leeds, England
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Hours: Hours vary by season
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Admission: Adults: £24.90; Children £16.90
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover and Greenwich from London

Maximize your time and budget on this full-day tour from London, starting with a tour of Leeds Castle, Henry VIII’s grand Tudor palace. Next, explore the medieval city of Canterbury, famous for the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. After lunch, head to the coast to visit the mighty White Cliffs of Dover, then return to London to discover more of Britain’s maritime history in Greenwich. Then, cruise along the River Thames, past landmarks like Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour

Discover three of southern England’s top sights on this full-day coach trip from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover. Pass the maritime historical buildings of Greenwich on your way to scenic Kent, a county known as the ‘Garden of England.’ Take a private look around stunning Leeds Castle before the crowds arrive, and enjoy a privileged tour of UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral. End your day with views of Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover in One Day from London

Escape the city in favor of England’s tranquil countryside on a full-day tour of Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover from London. Tailored to the interests of history buffs, this excursion covers the history-rich city of Canterbury, home to the 6th-century Canterbury Cathedral, and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. See, too, the charming Leeds Castle, surrounded by lakes and verdant gardens.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Early Access Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and Greenwich from London

Legendary churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and other famous landmarks await you on this day trip from London. Discover Leeds Castle before it opens to the public during a private, guided visit; snap photos of the striking White Cliffs of Dover; tour Canterbury Cathedral, immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales'; explore the beautiful borough of Greenwich; and take in London’s world-famous sights on a sunset cruise along the Thames River.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Dover Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

When your cruise conlcudes in Dover, enhance your sightseeing experience of England on a full-day tour that concludes in London. With a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the country as you visit two popular attractions on a luxury coach. Explore the beautiful town of Canterbury and gaze at the towering spire of the grand Cathedral; embark on an intriguing 3-hour tour of Leeds Castle; and enjoy convenient drop-off at your centrally located London hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour of Leeds Castle and Canterbury

History buffs can discover two of England’s most beautiful—and less crowded—sites on this fascinating private tour. First, soak up the majesty of Leeds Castle, perhaps England’s most romantic castle, set on an island amid elaborate grounds. Then experience ancient Canterbury and tour its stunning cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour includes door-to-door transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Cliffs of Dover Custom Day Trip

Enhance your experience of England’s natural and architectural treasures on a customizable full-day trip to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and the Cliffs of Dover. Relish the flexibility of this customizable day-trip, which allows you to explore each site independently or upgrade for insightful guided tours. Marvel at the verdant grounds and ancient majesty of Leeds Castle; discover the ecclesiastical elegance of Canterbury Cathedral; and gaze at the crumbling white cliffs of Dover on this enriching excursion. Enjoy transportation by luxury coach and an experienced guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Boxing Day Tour from London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, and Dover

Spend Boxing Day delving into the rich history and beauty of Kent on this full-day coach trip from London. Escape London’s shopping crowds and pass through historical, maritime Greenwich on route to Leeds Castle in Kent. Take a guided tour of this fairy tale-like moated castle, once home to medieval monarchs. Next, enjoy a fish and chips lunch in the ancient city of Canterbury, and visit magnificent, 11th-century Canterbury Cathedral as you uncover its bloody history. Lastly, admire views of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover before returning to London.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Leeds Castle Canterbury Cathedral Dover and Greenwich with Lunch on Boxing Day

Do something different this Boxing Day with this Kent day trip to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Greenwich. You’ll see some of southern England’s most popular sights with fewer crowds, and enjoy convenient prebooked transport direct from your London hotel. Lunch in Canterbury plus entrance fees to Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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London Attraction Pass Including St Paul's Cathedral, The View from The Shard and Thames River Cruise

Make the most of your time in England’s vibrant capital with a London Flexi Attraction Pass. Opt to visit either three, five, seven, or 10 iconic London attractions and enjoy cash-free entry to esteemed restaurants, critically-acclaimed theater shows, and popular attractions like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge Experience, and The View from The Shard. Take a cruise on the River Thames, escape the hustle and bustle of London on a day-trip to Stonehenge, and explore according to your own schedule with this indispensable city pass.
  • Duration: 30 days
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Canterbury Christmas Market, Leeds Castle, and Maritime Greenwich

Make your Christmas Eve in England extra magical with this full-day coach trip to Leeds Castle and Canterbury from London. Venture through London’s historical, maritime district of Greenwich, and visit fairy tale–like Leeds Castle in Kent. Admire this breathtaking moated castle, and tour its grandiose rooms as you discover its history. In ancient Canterbury, visit the exterior of the UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral before finishing your day at the city’s Christmas markets.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Leeds Castle, including entrance and Canterbury

If you love history and the picturesque—but aren’t too keen on left-side driving—experience two of England’s most scenic destinations in one day on this time-saving coach tour. Spend the morning on a walking tour of the medieval city of Canterbury and see the monuments that earned its UNESCO World Heritage designation. Pass the afternoon at Leeds Castle, described by some as “the loveliest castle in the world”.
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover, Greenwich on Christmas Eve from London

Spend Christmas Eve exploring the English countryside on this full-day tour of Canterbury, Dover, and Greenwich from London. Ideal for those visiting England during the festive season, this tour covers UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canterbury Cathedral; the 12th-century Leeds Castle in Kent; the iconic White Cliffs of Dover; and the maritime landmarks of Greenwich. A festive lunch is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover with London Hop-on-Hop-off tour

Trade London’s bustle for a day in the scenic English countryside on this immersive coach tour. Depart in the morning from Victoria Coach Station, and travel first to Leeds Castle: a 900-year-old landmark that’s among Britain’s loveliest castles. Next, head to Canterbury to view the Canterbury Cathedral: a UNESCO-listed architectural wonder that’s also the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Finally, see the White Cliffs of Dover: another English icon. Admission also includes access to a hop-on hop-off London bus tour.
  • Duration: 2 days
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