I felt the need to get out of the city and go somewhere fresh, beautiful and grand. Leeds Castle was my first choice. Shamefully, I was one of those people who thought that Leeds Castle is in… well Leeds. But it’s not really, it’s in Kent, an hour’s drive from London (depending on where in London you live).
Reflecting beautifully in the still waters, the castle stood on this ground since 1119 AD, much of the castle buildings today date from the 19th Century. Before the 17th Century the castle was a favourite haunt of Henry VIII who stayed here on numerous occasions with his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
Later, the castle soon became a notorious weekend hangout space with celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn and James Bond author Ian Fleming.
The grounds of Leeds Castle
I have never yet been disappointed with the grounds and gardens of the English Heritage or National Trust properties. They are always well looked after and beautifully manicured.
As soon as we arrived, we started exploring the vast 500 acre beautiful parkland, rose gardens, vineyard, grotto and of course, a maze. What’s a castle without a maze!
The beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle was exactly and even more what I’ve expected from this day out. I’ve heard and been told that it’s a lovely place to visit, but until you actually come here, you can’t imagine how incredibly beautiful and spirit uplifting the place is!
The Culpeper Garden
My favourite part – the garden! As in many castles in England, the back garden next to the house was originally used as the Castle’s kitchen garden. As per usual, I spent a lot of time here investigating the flowers, sniffing roses and admiring the view.
The Maze and The Grotto
The maze, 2,400 yew trees is so much fun. It’s a hell of a challenge to find the centre in this maze, it took us awhile. Once you’ve reached the middle, you are safe. To get back to the park, go through the atmospheric grotto filled with mythical creatures created from shells and wood. Spooky!
Great Water & Wood Garden
Take a stroll along the Great Water, it’s very pleasant and peaceful. Also visit the Wood Garden, it’s perfect for a picnic. Just remember to clean up after yourself.
The Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terrace
After a long walk along the Great water we stopped at the beautiful mediterranean garden. Luckily there were a few benches for us to sit down and chill before carrying on.
Directions to Leeds Castle
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