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Review of Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
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US$72.89*
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Leeds Castle, including entrance and Canterbury
Ranked #4 of 58 things to do in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic site was originally the stately home of the Saxon royal family during the reign of Ethelbert IV in 856-860.
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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

It is a but pricy but given that you can go back as many times as you want in a year with the same ticket is great if you don't live too far afield. The grounds are beautiful especially around spring with all the daffodils. The adventure playground was really good for the kids and something for all ages with the larger playground and the smaller one. The maze is really fun, it will be great when the mini one is finished. We missed the bird show but it was lovely seeing them after. The castle was great from what I could see, there was a lot and I'm talking hundreds of French students in there which made it very claustrophobic for me personally so I whizzed round as fast as possible. There are also the most beautiful black swans here. It is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

We had a very disappointing meal served on the night of December 31st.

The food portions were woefully small, the food lacked taste and the presentation was awful.

The Castle clearly spent a lot of money on various peripheral things to entertain the guests, but arguably the most important part of the evening - the dinner - was a complete let down.

The Castle charge a premium rate for the New Year event - and in return the guests should receive a exemplary service. In our eyes they failed.

We will not be attending that expensive event again.

1  Thank Triumphexplore
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Shane G, Manager at Leeds Castle, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2018

It is always our aim to exceed our guests expectations and to offer a memorable experience when dining at Leeds Castle. We are truly sorry this was not the case in your experience.

We will be reviewing the portion size offered at future functions, but feel the quality and presentation of the dishes was, as always, of a high standard.

We are thrilled to note that 20% of the guests who attended the New Year's Eve event have already re-booked for the next year's party.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us directly and on line with your feedback.

We will be taking this into account and look forward to providing an even better party for New Year's Eve 2018.

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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Very good gardens and grounds to explore with a abundance of birdlife, rivers and lakes. Castle itself is amazing wall back in time.

The food is where it goes down hill fast, at the back of the grounds is the food courtyard with a restaurant and cafe. Restaurant prices are ok, at around £10 per main but the choice is dyer. The cafe is the worst food is very over priced (£5 for a mediocre sandwich) posh looking crisps which are nothing special, unexciting cake/cookies again £3 a pop and Costa coffee chain which can't seem to serve a latte correctly.

Overall bring. Picnic. Spending £20 on entertainment and then same again on a small lunch isn't worth it.

Thank Ben W
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

It’s a grand castle in the heart of Kent, beautiful scenery. The maze is such good fun for the whole family and free, there are extra things to do in the summer such as a river trip also a gondola around the moat for a few pound. Inside the castle is a look into a part of history that most people could not imagine themselves being part off which is intriguing and marvellous. There is a splendid show from the falconry in the summer & at weekends, with owls and falcons on flying display, which again is put on for all guests to watch for free. The plentiful shops in Leeds castle sell all the little presents and nick nacks one may need for a reasonable price. It is probably a good idea for family’s to bring some packed lunch to eat and drink as the sandwiches, burgers and drinks in the many cafes on site are quite expensive. Accompanied by a slightly expensive entrance fee, however that does entitle one into a years entry meaning that you can return to Leeds castle whenever you want to during the year. A good fun day for the whole family to enjoy.

Thank Patrick H
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

It is well worth visiting Leeds castle for a few hours. The castle is very well preserved and different rooms have been restored. The grounds are very nice and there is also a maze.

Thank Freja A
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