In the county of Kent, the cradle of the British aristocracy, Leeds Castle, which is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year, is nestled in the heart of the English countryside.
Kent features a mild climate and is located two hours south of London. Its valleys harbour the United Kingdom’s most elegant estates, including Leeds Castle, which continues to enchant its visitors with its quintessentially British style. After 900 years of loyal service, the « loveliest castle in the world » is celebrating its 900th anniversary with a sprawling programme of events.
Leeds Castle turns 900
The site, which was once under Norman rule, was home to six queens and was the royal palace of Henry VIII. Under the guidance of Princess Alexandra of Kent, first cousin to Queen Elisabeth and the guardian of this majestic estate, which is surrounded by moats and nestled within 200 hectares of forests and French-style gardens, Leeds Castle is offering a growing number of medieval activities and events for people of all ages.
History as entertainment
Guests can choose from a wide variety of activities, including falconry demonstrations, medieval tournaments, boat tours around the lake, flower festivals, carnivals, performances of Shakespeare’s poetry, car shows, concerts, open-air films, fireworks, and a Christmas market. The castle even has a high-end restaurant and luxurious hotel rooms in case you don’t get your fill from a single day !