On now until the 21 October, a new exhibition will tell the stories from above and below stairs life at Leeds Castle in the 1930s, through the eyes of the servants.
As Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs return to our screens this year, highlighting the lives of the owners and the servants of great houses in the 1920s and 30s, a special exhibition comes to Leeds Castle to tell the real stories of life at “the loveliest castle in the world”.
Leeds Castle, in Kent, was a playground for the rich and famous, as Lady Baillie entertained high society at weekends in the run up to the Second World War. And of course there were also over 30 servants in the castle who met the needs of the family and their guests.
Discover how former owner Lady Baillie’s life in London society and her household in the country is mirrored in the current popular television dramatisations.
Entrance to this exhibition is included with your Key to the Castle ticket. We regret that some areas of display will be in the area of the castle which is not accessible to wheelchair users.
Key to the Castle tickets cost £19.75 for adults; £17.50 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £12.50 for children (under 4’s free). Tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round.
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 3pm and gates close at 5pm.
World of Wings Shows
Exciting falconry and free-flying bird shows in a flying arena near the maze, daily shows - please check website for timings.
Test your nerves and agility on the Go Ape! High wire forest adventure in the castle parkland. For further details and to book online visit goape.co.uk/sites/leeds-castle or call the Go Ape! telephone the booking centre on 0845 643 9215.
Pay & Play Golf Course
The castle’s scenic 9-hole, par 33 golf course offers a combination of blind tees, strategically placed bunkers and medieval moat to provide challenging and rewarding holes from start to finish. 9 holes from £9.99. Call the Golf Shop on 01622 767828 or visit leeds-castle.com/golf
Segways at Leeds Castle
Take a 40 minute escorted tour of the castle’s picturesque grounds on a Segway, the world’s only self balancing personal transporter. For further information and to book online visit segwaytours.co.uk or call 07895 057356.
Senior Citizens/Students/Visitors with Disabilities £17.50 (carer goes free)
Children (4-15 yrs) £12.50
Group and education rates available on request by contacting the Group Reservations Co-ordinator on 01622 767865.
OPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Castle closed for Classical Concert and Firework Spectacular. Castle and grounds closed Christmas Day. Please visit our website for up-to-date information or call: 01622 765400.
Castle opens 10.30am.
Last admission 3.30pm.
Gates close at 5pm.
Shops 10am – 5pm.
Grounds open at 10am daily. Latest entry to Castle is 30 minutes after last admission time.