Fun and Adventure at Leeds Castle
Promoted as 'The Loveliest Castle in the World', Leeds Castle in Kent was built by Robert de Crevecoeur in 1119 as a Norman stronghold. The castle was passed on to members of the de Crevecoeur family until it became the property of King Edward I in 1278. It is generally agreed that it was King Edward who created the vast lake surrounding the castle, as well as enhancing its defenses. Leeds Castle went through a number of changes through the centuries, with the last private owner being Lady Baillie, who left the castle in her will to the Leeds Castle Foundation for the benefit of the public. Lady Baillie passed away in 1974 and the castle was opened to the public in 1976.
Records reveal that over half a million people visited Leeds Castle every year, and with good reason. Visitors today will find a number of attractions and activities to enjoy, including a maze, a golf course, a grotto, a museum and the opportunity to 'Go Ape'. The beautiful forests around Leeds Castle offer the perfect setting for this jungle-style adventure. With the invitation to 'release your inner Tarzan', participants make their way through the forest, high above the ground, by means of a series of wooden bridges, zip-wires and swings. This exciting adventure starts with a safety briefing and is led by an expert, with the emphasis on having loads of fun.
In addition to regular tours of the castle and gardens, Leeds Castle hosts a series of events each year. These include the Maiden's Tower Tour, the Upstairs Tour, the Downstairs Tour, and the History Set in Stone Tour, as well as circus skills workshops, outdoor theater events, jousting with the Knights of Royal England and the Leeds Castle Run club.
Set in 500 acres of carefully tended parkland and manicured formal gardens, England's Leeds Castle is open every day of the year, offering the perfect venue for a day of fun and adventure for visitors of all ages.