Leeds Castle

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Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.

Swans glide on the moat and waterways, peacocks wander through the grounds and birds of prey soar on the wind during our falconry displays.

The gardens offer continuous colour throughout the year. From a mass of spring bulbs and wild flowers in the Wood Garden, through fragrant herbs and roses in the quintessentially English Culpeper Garden, to late flowering borders in the drought-resistant Mediterranean Lady Baillie Garden.

Leeds Castle is not just a museum but also a place where people meet and special events bring the grounds to life. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Grounds open at 1000 daily.
April to September Castle opens 1030, gates close 1800.
October to March Castle opens 1030, gates close 1700.

Admission charges

Tickets to Leeds Castle grant admission to the castle and grounds for one year from date of purchase with the exception of special ticketed events.

Adults: £24.00
Concessions: £21.00
Children (4-15): £16.00

Prices valid until 31st March 2016

Collection details

Social History, Weapons and War

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Badges & Banners ~ An Art & Design & History Workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

An Art & Design Workshop for children at Key Stage 2. Children will learn about why and how heraldry came into being, the symbolism of Heraldry. They will then design their own Coat of Arms and create a badge to take home. Includes a self guided trail in the grounds and castle. Available on Mondays & Fridays

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Mnager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk. For Bookings and booking queries contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Bespoke talks

A 30 - 40 minute afternoon talk can be arranged on a variety of subjects at Key Stages 1,2,3 & 4. Castles, Castle Life, Leisure & Tourism, Marketing and Falconry are a few of the subjects we can cover.

How to obtain

In the first instance call the Education Manager to discuss your requirements re the subject matter you require. You will then be advised on the booking procedure. Cost is £1 per child/student with a maximum of 40 per session.

Leeds castle- A Potted History Workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Literacy,Drama & History workshop for key Stages 1 & 2. Meet the owners of Leeds Castle. Better still, watch as the children dress up and become those characters form its colourful past. Includes a guided tour of the castle. Available Monday - Friday.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Literacy Workshop - The Swan Princess

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Literacy & Drama workshop for Key Stage 1 that transforms children into characters from Leeds Castle's very own fairy tale which links to the swans that live there. A storytelling session with costumes and drama. Includes a guided tour of the castle. Available Monday - Friday.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book a workshop contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

The Artful Henry - An Art & history workshop

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

Children act out scenes from Tudor History and learn about the power of portraits before creating a clay Roundel of a Tudor Monarch. Includes self guided visit to the Castle and grounds. Available on Mondays & Fridays.

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Tudor Workshop - The Field of Cloth of Gold

http://www.leeds-castle.com/schools

A Key Stage 2 Tudor workshop focussing on Henry VIII's preparations for his trip to France and the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. Using the 2 pictures painted in the 16th century to record the event, this is an interactive and fun look at the celebrations that took place. Includes the use of costumes. Includes a guided tour in the Castle. Available Moday - Friday

How to obtain

For workshop enquiries contact the Education Manager, Helen Ellis on 01622 767821 or email helenellis@leeds-castle.co.uk
To book, contact Group Bookings on 01622 767865 or email groupbookings@leeds-castle.co.uk

Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1PL
England

Website

www.leeds-castle.com

E-mail

enquiries@leeds-castle.co.uk

Telephone

01622 765400

All information is supplied by the venues or providers themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

Related teaching activities

Key stage 2 English, 1-2 lessons

En3 Writing

Write a diary entry of one of the six medieval Queens to have lived in Leeds Castle, exploring how they felt to live in the castle as a home.

Key Stage 2 Geography, 1-2 lessons

Geographical skills and enquiry

What is the importance of location when Castles are built? What geographical tools could have been used to choose the location when Leeds Castle was built in 1119?

Key Stage 2 History, 1 lesson

Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past

Hold a whole class debate. Focus on Leeds Castle at a time in the past and discuss the main differences between the rich and the poor and how this can be seen in the homes they lived in.

Key Stage 2 Science, 1 lesson

Sc1 Scientific enquiry

How can the wild flowers in the Wood Garden at Leeds Castle be cultivated to encourage wildlife?

Key Stage 3 Art and Design, 1-2 lessons

2.2 Understand and evaluate

Design and illustrate a visual advertising campaign targeted at young people, to encourage visitors to explore Leeds Castle and the grounds.